AGA welcomes new president, Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, AGAF

Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, AGAF, began his term as the 114th president of the AGA Institute during Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2019.

Dr. El-Serag is former editor-in-chief of AGA’s journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He currently serves as chair of the department of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, following a decade leading and expanding Baylor’s gastroenterology and hepatology section. He is one of the few academic gastroenterologists serving as a chair of a department of medicine in the U.S.

“I firmly believe that the success I achieved in the United States would not have been possible anywhere else in the world, and it is as much a testament to the accepting society and medical system as to whatever intrinsic ability or skill I have,” notes Dr. El-Serag.”

Originally Palestinian, Dr. El-Serag became a U.S. citizen in the early 2000s following medical school in Libya. He completed his training at community hospitals in the U.S. His path from Benghazi to Baylor is described in the May issue of Gastroenterology by Baylor colleague Dr. Fasiha Kanwal.

“I firmly believe that the success I achieved in the United States would not have been possible anywhere else in the world, and it is as much a testament to the accepting society and medical system as to whatever intrinsic ability or skill I have,” notes Dr. El-Serag.

The major focus of Dr. El-Serag’s scholarly work is the epidemiology and clinical outcomes of hepatocellular carcinoma. Much of the modern literature on this topic is comprised by his more than 100 publications. Since 2014, Dr. El-Serag has been named by Thompson Reuter as among the top 1% of clinical scientists.

Hashem “is an innovative scientist, a compassionate physician and a gifted educator. He is a relentless advocate of science and training, with an astute political sense—all key to influencing and shaping policy,” says Dr. Kanwal.

Dr. El-Serag’s term as AGA president concludes May 2020. Follow him on Twitter at @SeragHashem.

 

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