ASGE Foundation to hold first Crystal Awards Dinner

04/27/05

As part of DDW, May 15, in Chicago

Oak Brook, IL, April 27, 2005 – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the ASGE Foundation will recognize 35 gastroenterologists who have contributed to the advancement of GI endoscopy at its first annual Crystal Awards Dinner to be held at 6:30 p.m., May 15, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Held in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week (DDW), the program not only will pay tribute to recipients of the Society's highest honors, but it will also raise funds for gastrointestinal endoscopy-related research and public education.

The event will feature live music, dinner and presentations to awardees by ASGE President, Dr. David Bjorkman; ASGE Foundation Chair, Dr. Michael Kimmey; and ASGE Past President and Foundation Trustee, Dr. David Carr-Locke.

Tickets for the Crystal Awards Dinner are available at www.asge.org, or by contacting Kathryn Dattomo, ASGE Development Manager, at KDattomo@asge.org or by phone at 630-570-5607.

Award Recipients

The Rudolf Schindler Award
Richard Kozarek, MD, Virginia Mason Clinic, Seattle, Wash.
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 Schindler, MD, founder of the American Gastroscopic Club, the forerunner of ASGE.

Master Endoscopist Award
Joseph Leung, MD, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
William Long, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Stanley Riepe, MD, Emory Clinic, Atlanta
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.

Distinguished Educator Award
Barbara Frank, MD, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Richard McCray, MD, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY
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 Service Award
Douglas Nelson, MD, VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
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.

Honorary Members
Ricardo Barinaga, MD, Mexico City, Mexico
Gran-Hum Chen, MD, Taichung, Taiwan
Michel Cremer, MD, Brussels, Belgium
Honorary Members of the ASGE are selected by the society for their contributions to GI endoscopy. To date, 10 individuals have been so honored and are accorded the same benefits as all other ASGE members.

Congressional Service Award
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
This award is given to individuals within Congress who go above and beyond the call of duty in their work with healthcare legislation, particularly in the area of GI endoscopy.
Rep. Slaughter and Sen. Roberts sponsored legislation that would require all health plans to cover colorectal cancer screening as a benefit.

Audiovisual Awards
Hisanao Hamanaka, MD, Endoscopy Division-National Cancer Center Hospital, Japan
Runners up:
Roy Soetikno, MD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Julio Murra-Saca, MD, El Salvador Atlas of Gastrointestinal Video Endoscopy, San Salvador,
El Salvador
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.

Career Development Awards
Neena Abraham, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Gavin Harewood, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Michael Kochman, MD Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
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 Olympus America; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, and Wilson-Cook Medical GI Endoscopy.

ConMed Award.
Tyler Stevens, MD, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland. OH
Formerly know as the BARD Award, the ConMed Award recognizes an outstanding manuscript written by a fellow and published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Diversity Award
Minority Research
Fritz Francois, MD, NYU School of Medicine
Gender Research
Dr. Joseph Anderson, Stony Brook University, N.Y.
The Diversity Award is granted to physicians who submitted abstracts for DDW, promoting gender- and minority-related healthcare research.

Don Wilson Award
Timothy Kinney, MD, University of Chicago
Erika Rodriguez Wulff, MD, Hospital Militar Carlos Arvelo, Caracas, Venezuela
Federico Rossi, MD, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CN
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 assists in underwriting reasonable and customary travel and living expenses for a period of one to three months. Three awards are available annually: two for ASGE members in North America to travel abroad to an ASGE-member site, and one for an international member to come to a North American ASGE-member site.

The award was named to honor Dr. Don Wilson, who was a strong advocate and supporter of international education and training in GI endoscopy and is underwritten by Wilson-Cook Medical GI Endoscopy.

Michael V. Sivak Jr., MD Endoscopic Research Award
Gary Falk, MD, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
The Michael V. Sivak, Jr., MD Endoscopic Research Award is a special grant named for Dr. Michael Sivak, Jr., who was the editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy from 1997-2004. Under his direction, the journal became the pre-eminent international journal, publishing the best research related to GI endoscopy.

Research and Outcomes and Effectiveness (ROE) Awards
James DiSario, MD, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Chin Hur, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Charles Kahi, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
Jennifer Kimble, MD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Atul Kumar, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta
Joseph W. Leung, MD, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Linda Rabeneck, MD, Sunnybrook & Women's College HSC, Toronto, Ontario
Prateek Sharma, MD, VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO
Lee Swanstrom, MD, Legacy Health System, Portland, OR
Frances Tse, MD, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, Montreal
After undergoing a vigorous peer-review process, ROE grants are awarded to physicians who received the highest scores for projects in basic and clinical endoscopic technology research and outcomes and effectiveness of endoscopy research. The objective is to foster research in GI endoscopy, both within and outside of academic centers.

Young Investigator Awards
David Robbins, MD, New York, NY
David Semela, MD, Rochester, MN
Abstracts addressing basic science or clinical research in gastroenterology or hepatology are submitted by young investigators and evaluated by experts in the field. The top abstracts are presented at the Young Investigators' Conference, awarded a grant and the investigators are invited to attend Digestive Disease Week. The program is supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca.

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