February 06, 2021
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AGA reveals awards recipients, new honor for achievements in diversity


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The AGA announced the recipients of its 2021 recognition prizes given annually to physicians who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of gastroenterology.

“The 2021 AGA Recognition Prize winners represent only a small group of our widely distinguished and exceptional members who help make AGA such an accomplished organization. We are honored that such esteemed individuals are representatives of AGA,” Hashem B. El-Serag, MD MPH, AGAF, chair of AGA, said in a press release.

Michael Camilleri, MD, AGAF, consultant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., received the AGA’s highest honor, the Julius Friedenwald Medal. This award celebrates a physician’s lifelong contributions in gastroenterology. AGA cited Camilleri’s work as a mentor to other gastroenterologists, leadership in numerous AGA roles and passion for improving gastrointestinal patient care as what prompted the recognition.

The Distinguished Service Award in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion honors Byron Cryer, MD, associate dean for faculty diversity and development at The University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, and Sandra Quezada, MD, associate dean for admissions and assistant dean for faculty diversity and inclusion at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Cryer and Quezada are the co-chairs of the AGA Equity Project Advisory Board and the first recipients of this award. According to the press release, AGA aims to honor members who have promoted diversity, equity and inclusion within AGA and the broader gastroenterology community with this award.

Recipients were also announced for AGA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Basic Science, William Beaumont Prize, Distinguished Educator Award, Distinguished Clinician Awards, Distinguished Mentor Award, Research Service Award, Outstanding Service Award and Young Investigator Awards.

The AGA Recognition Prizes will be presented virtually in May 2021.