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ASGE holds Crystal Awards Dinner as part of Digestive Disease Week

CHICAGO MAY 8, 2011 The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) will honor important contributions to the field of endoscopy during the seventh annual ASGE Crystal Awards on Sunday, May 8, 2011. Hosted by ASGE and the ASGE Foundation, this year's event will begin at 6:45 p.m. at The Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing.

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 2011 award and grant recipients who have shared their expertise and strengthened the specialty and the Society. Newly designated ASGE Fellows and facilities participating in the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program 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, M. Brian Fennerty, MD, FASGE, ASGE Foundation Chair, Robert A. Ganz, MD, FASGE, ASGE leaders and Master of Ceremonies, ASGE Past President, 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
David J. Bjorkman, MD, MSPH, SM, FASGE, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah
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
John A. Martin, MD, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
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
Mark Topazian, MD, FASGE, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Physician as educator is the focus of this award, recognizing 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 Research Mentoring Award
Yang K. Chen, MD, FASGE (Posthumously), University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, Colorado
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
Richard E. Sampliner, MD, FASGE, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
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.

International Service Award
D. Nageshwar Reddy, MD, Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, India
This award was created to recognize outstanding service by an international member who has made long-term contributions to GI endoscopy, as well as an individual who has been a strong supporter of the educational and research mission of the society.

Olympus Senior Investigator Mentoring Award
James M. Scheiman, MD, FASGE, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
This award provides support for endoscopic investigators to allow them protected time to devote to patient-oriented research and to act as endoscopy research mentors for clinical fellows. This award is supported by a grant from Olympus Corporation of the Americas.

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, fostering research in GI endoscopy both within and outside of academic centers. These awards are supported by the ASGE Foundation and The Fujinon Fund.

John M. DeWitt, MD, FASGE, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
Larry S. Miller, MD, Temple University Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Quality Endoscopic Research Awards
This award recognizes measurements or improvements in quality of care and/or efficiency in gastrointestinal endoscopy. It also fosters research relating to measuring quality in gastrointestinal endoscopy both within and outside of academic centers. These awards are supported by the ASGE Foundation and The Fujinon Fund.

Dawn L. Francis, MD, MHS, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Jennifer E. Jorgensen, MD, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cook Medical Don Wilson Awards
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.

Amrita Sethi, MD, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
Nirish S. Shah, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Frank Weilert, MD, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand

Cook Medical Marsha Dreyer Awards
Marsha Dreyer was passionately committed to the support of continuing education opportunities for GI professionals around the globe. In a fitting tribute to her, Cook Medical has established the Marsha Dreyer Award developed to provide up to four scholarships for international physicians to attend DDW annually. These awards are underwritten by a grant from Cook Medical.

Malik M. Anwar, MD, Beaumont and Mater Misericordiae Hospitals, Dublin, Ireland
Gaius R. Longcroft-Wheaton, MD, BS, MRCP, Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Helmut Neumann, MD, First Medical Clinic University, Erlangen, Germany
Daniel Von Renteln, MD, University Hospital Hamburg Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Diversity Awards
The Diversity Award is granted to physicians who submitted outstanding abstracts for DDW, promoting gender and minorityrelated healthcare research. The Diversity Awards are supported by the ASGE Foundation Fujinon Fund.

Ethnicity Research Awards
Sepideh F. Moghadam, MD, Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC
Nelson Sanchez, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, New York

Endoscopic 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.

Endoscopic Audiovisual Award Winner
Jarrod Lee, MBBS, MRCP, Hospital Selayang, Selayang, Malaysia

Endoscopic Audiovisual Award Honorable Mention
Ivana Dzeletovic, MD and David E. Fleischer, MD, FASGE, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona

PENTAX Advanced Fellows Video Editing Awards
Produced by GI fellows, these compelling videos are recognized for their unique and outstanding efforts in addressing issues in GI endoscopy. These awards are supported by a grant from PENTAX Medical Company.

Johan C. Bakken, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Stephen Kucera, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida
Erwin Rieder, MD, Legacy Health, Portland, Oregon

ASGE Outstanding Manuscript Award
The ASGE Manuscript Award recognizes an outstanding manuscript written by a fellow and published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Suzanne Jeurnink, PhD, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Alan Moss, MBBS, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia

2011 Endowed Lectures
The 2011 endowed lectures are sponsored by the ASGE Foundation.

Annual Postgraduate Course - Sunday, May 8

Basil I. Hirschowitz, MD Endowed Lecture
"The Evolving Endoscopist: Future Technologies, Novel Techniques and You"
Christopher J. Gostout, MD, FASGE, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

ASGE Presidential Plenary Session - Monday, May 9

J. Edward Berk, MD, DSc, FASGE State-of-the-Art Endowed Lecture
"Why the Gastroenterologist Needs NOTES: Development of New Tools for Our Trade"
Robert H. Hawes, MD, FASGE, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

Jack A. Vennes, MD and Stephen E. Silvis, MD State-of-the-Art Endowed Lecture
"Endoscopic Bariatric Therapy: The New Frontier and the Bariatric PIVI"
Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD, FASGE, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Contact: Anne Brownsey
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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