Each year, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) honors several individuals for their outstanding contributions and achievements in gastroenterology through its prestigious recognition awards.
"The individuals chosen as recipients of AGA's prestigious recognition awards were nominated by their colleagues, demonstrating the highest level of esteem and confidence from their peers," said Gail A. Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, AGA Institute president. "We are honored to have such illustrious gastroenterologists as members of our organization and believe these individuals are just a few of the distinguished and talented members who help make AGA such an accomplished organization."
The AGA congratulates the 2010 awardees and thanks them for their exemplary service to the field of gastroenterology.
Julius Friedenwald Medal
AGA's highest honor is awarded to Donald O. Castell, MD, AGAF, professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. The Julius Friedenwald Medal, presented annually since 1941, recognizes a physician for lifelong contributions to the field of gastroenterology. Dr. Castell has contributed significantly to the AGA throughout his career, including as president of the organization in 1998, and through his creation of the June & Donald O. Castell, MD Esophageal Clinical Research Award, which supports junior faculty investigators who have demonstrated high potential to develop independent, productive research careers in esophageal disease.
Distinguished Achievement Award
The AGA awards the 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award to Mary K. Estes, PhD, professor of molecular virology and microbiology and medicine, gastroenterology, at Baylor College of Medicine and founding director of the Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center. This award honors an individual who has made a major specific accomplishment in clinical or basic research in gastroenterology or an alli
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