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AGA announces prestigious recognition award recipients
Date:5/9/2011

Each year, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) honors several individuals for their outstanding contributions and achievements in gastroenterology through its prestigious recognition awards.

"The AGA recognition award recipients are individuals who have been nominated by their colleagues for achieving the highest level of esteem and confidence from their peers," said Ian L. Taylor, MD, PhD, AGAF, president of the AGA Institute. "The AGA is honored to have members who are the leaders of our field and who have made truly remarkable contributions to the AGA and society. These individuals are just a few of the distinguished and talented members who help make AGA such an accomplished organization."

The AGA congratulates the 2011 awardees and thanks them for their exemplary service to the field of gastroenterology.

Julius Friedenwald Medal

AGA's highest honor is awarded to David A. Peura, MD, AGAF, Emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The Julius Friedenwald Medal, presented annually since 1941, recognizes a physician for lifelong contributions to the field of gastroenterology. Dr. Peura has contributed significantly to the AGA throughout his career, including as president of the organization in 2005 and as vice chair of the AGA Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition (FDHN) from 2006 to 2009. He received AGA's Distinguished Educator Award in 2002 and is a founding member of the AGA Research Foundation's (formerly FDHN) Legacy Society, in which he continues to be heavily involved.

Distinguished Achievement Award

The AGA awards the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award to Sidney J. Winawer, MD, AGAF, the Paul Sherlock chair in medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This award honors an individual who has made a major specific accomplishment in clinical or basic research in gastroenterology or an allied field that advances gastro
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