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ASGE and ASGE Foundation hold Crystal Awards Dinner as part of Digestive Disease Week

OAK BROOK, Ill. MAY 31, 2009 The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) will honor important contributions to the field of endoscopy during the fifth annual ASGE Crystal Awards on Sunday, May 31. Hosted by ASGE and the ASGE Foundation, this year's event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Held in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week (DDW), the ASGE Crystal Awards symbolize the finest in leadership, research and scientific pursuit. The event will recognize the 2009 award and grant recipients who have shared their expertise and strengthened the specialty and the Society. Newly designated ASGE Fellows will also be recognized at this event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ASGE Foundation in support of GI endoscopy-related research, physician education and training, and public outreach initiatives.

The event will feature live music, dinner and presentations to honorees by ASGE President, John L. Petrini, MD, FASGE, ASGE Foundation Chair, Francis Tedesco, MD, FASGE, various ASGE leaders and Master of Ceremonies, ASGE Past President and Foundation Trustee, David Carr-Locke, MD, FASGE.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the ASGE Foundation, stop by the ASGE Store or ASGE Learning Center at DDW or visit or call (630) 573-0600 or (800) 343-ASGE (2743)

Award Recipients

Rudolf V. Schindler Award

Christopher J. Gostout, MD, FASGE, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
ASGE's highest honor, this award is given to a member whose accomplishments in endoscopic research, teaching and/or service to ASGE exemplifies the standards and traditions of Rudolf V. Schindler, MD, founder of the American Gastroscopic Club, the forerunner of ASGE.

Distinguished Service Award
George Triadafilopoulos, MD, DSc, FASGE, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
This award is granted to an individual who has made long-term contributions to GI endoscopy in the areas of equipment research and development, as well as an individual who has been a strong supporter of the educational and research mission of the society.

Distinguished Educator Award
Anthony N. Kalloo, MD, FASGE, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Physician as educator is the focus of this award, recognizing one or more doctors' contributions to the education of fellows through endoscopy seminars, participation in national postgraduate courses and published scholarly reviews or educational materials, including videos.

Distinguished Endoscopic Mentoring Award
Stuart Sherman, MD, FASGE, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
This award recognizes outstanding career achievement by an ASGE member in the mentoring of faculty or gastroenterology trainees in clinical or lab-related endoscopic research. This distinguished honor recognizes mentors who have devoted substantial time and effort to develop and nurture the next generation of endoscopic investigators.

Master Endoscopist Award
D. Nageshwar Reddy, MD, Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, India
This award recognizes physicians who spend the majority of their time in patient care and are recognized regionally or nationally for their expertise and longitudinal contributions to the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Honorary Membership
Thomas Rsch, MD, University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
Paulo Sakai, MD, FASGE, University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Joseph J.Y. Sung, MD, PhD, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
Honorary Members of the ASGE are selected by the society for their contributions to GI endoscopy. The individuals being honored this year have made outstanding and enduring contributions to the specialty and continue to support GI endoscopy through education, research, and leadership. Their ongoing clinical studies and practice as well as producing numerous articles, chapters and papers underscore their dedication to the specialty and the Society.

President's Award
Francis J. Tedesco, MD, FASGE, President Emeritus, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Awarded at the discretion of the ASGE President, the President's Award distinguishes an individual as making exceptional contributions to the Society and its mission. Whether through organized volunteer opportunities or singular initiatives supporting the goals of ASGE, the honoree is recognized for this assistance by the President.

Congressional Service Award
Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX)

Career Development Awards
The Career Development Awards support junior investigators who are working toward an independent research career in any area of endoscopic research. These awards are supported by educational grants from Cook Medical and the Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation.

Cook Medical Career Development Award
Ma Somsouk, MD, MAS, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation Career Development Award
Amit Rastogi, MD, Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO

Mid-Career Endoscopic Mentoring Award
Joseph Romagnuolo, MD, FASGE, MScEpid, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
The Mid-Career Endoscopic Mentoring Award supports protected time for endoscopic investigators to devote to patient-oriented research and to act as endoscopy research mentors for clinical fellows and/or junior faculty. This award is supported by the Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation.

Endoscopic Research Awards (ERA)
After undergoing a rigorous peer-review process, ERA grants are awarded to physicians who received the highest scores for projects in basic and clinical endoscopic technology research. The objective is to foster research in GI endoscopy both within and outside of academic centers.

Hala Fatima, MD, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Jason R. Taylor, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

AstraZeneca Endoscopic Research Award
Eric M. Pauli, MD, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Takeda Endoscopic Research Award
Marcia I. Canto, MD, MHS, FASGE, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Michael V. Sivak, Jr., MD, FASGE, Endoscopic Research Award
Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Quality Endoscopic Research Award
Catharine Walsh, MD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

NYSGE Florence Lefcourt Award
Tamas A. Gonda, MD, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, NY

Cook Medical Don Wilson Award
The Don Wilson Award provides advanced fellows or junior faculty with the opportunity to train outside of their home country with a premier GI endoscopist or group to advance their training. The award was named to honor Dr. Don Wilson, who was a strong advocate and supporter of international education and training in GI endoscopy. The awards are underwritten by a grant from Cook Medical.

Sun-Young Lee, MD, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Daniel Von Renteln, MD, Klinikum Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Andres Sanchez Yague, MD, Hospital Costa del Sol, Marbella, Spain

Diversity Awards

The Diversity Award is granted to physicians who submitted outstanding abstracts for DDW, promoting gender and minorityrelated healthcare research. These awards are supported by the ASGE Foundation Fujinon Fund through a grant from Fujinon, Inc.

Minority Research Award
Neal Joseph, MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Gender Research Award
Linda C. Cummings, MD, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Audiovisual Awards
The Audiovisual Awards recognize outstanding educational productions related to GI endoscopy techniques. The videos demonstrate accepted techniques or show difficult cases, complications or innovations within the field of endoscopy and are showcased at the ASGE Video Forum at DDW.

Audiovisual Winner
Soung Won Jeong, MD, Soon Chun Hyang College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Audiovisual Award Recipients
Tonya R. Kaltenbach, MD, MS, VA Palo Alto & Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Michael J. Krier, MD, VA Palo Alto & Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

PENTAX Advanced Fellows Video Awards
These awards are supported by a grant from Pentax Medical Company
Scott T. Cooper, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Gregory A. Cote, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Daniel A. Ringold, MD, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO

ASGE ConMed Outstanding Manuscript Award
Jason N. Rogart, MD, Yale University, New Haven, CT
The ConMed Award recognizes an outstanding manuscript written by a fellow and published in GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. This award is supported by an educational grant provided by ConMed.

NOSCAR Research Awards
The Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research (NOSCAR) Research Subcommittee announced 14 grant recipients in September 2008. The funds, granted through the Olympus Medical Systems Research Fund and Karl Storz Endoscopy American Research Fund, support fundamental research in the emerging transdisciplinary therapy known as Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), an approach that could ultimately represent a major paradigm shift in minimally invasive therapy and patient care. More than 60 requests were submitted for nearly $750,000 in research funds.

Olympus Medical Systems Research Fund
Juliane Bingener-Casey, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Badih Joe Elmunzer, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Jeffrey Hazey, MD, Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH
Michael Marohn, DO, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Erica Moran, MD, Two Awards - Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Kiyokazu Nakajima, MD, PhD, Osaka University School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
Brant K. Oelschlager, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Adrian Park, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Richard Rothstein, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Karl Storz Endoscopy America Research Fund
Erica Moran, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Mark Sawyer, MD, Case University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Georg O. Spaun, MD, Legacy Health System, Clackamas, OR
Thadeus Trus, MD, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Mark Whiteford, MD, Legacy Health System, Portland, OR
Oliver J. Wagner, MD, University of California, San Diego, CA

2009 Endowed Lectures
These endowed lectureships are supported by the ASGE Foundation.

ASGE President's Plenary Session - Wednesday, June 3

J. Edward Berk, MD, DSc, FASGE, State-of-the-Art Endowed Lecture
"Adverse Events in Endoscopy Developing a New Lexicon"
Glenn M. Eisen, MD, MPH, FASGE, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Jack A. Vennes, MD and Stephen E. Silvis, MD, State-of-the-Art Endowed Lecture
"Integrating New Endoscopic Imaging and Therapeutic Approaches to Barrett's Esophagus in 2009"
Gary W. Falk, MD, MS, FASGE, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Annual Postgraduate Course - Wednesday, June 3

Basil I. Hirschowitz, MD, Endowed Lecture
"Colorectal Cancer Screening: Best Practice in 2009"
David A. Lieberman, MD, FASGE, VA Medical Center, Portland, OR


Contact: Anne Brownsey
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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