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The AGA Research Foundation offers its flagship grant, the AGA Research Scholar Award, to the most promising early career investigators. Kyle Staller, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, is no exception. We’re thrilled to highlight Dr. Staller— a2016 AGA Research Scholar Award winner—as our AGA Research Foundation researcher […]

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In April 2019, the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology hosted its annual meeting, the AGA Tech Summit. It was the summit’s 10th anniversary, and we celebrated with fantastic presentations and networking. As always, this year’s Shark Tank was a highlight of the AGA Tech Summit and represents the progress our field is making […]

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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 […]

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Introduction The topic of unconscious bias has risen to the forefront of conversations in academic medicine. At Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2019, the AGA Diversity Committee sponsored a symposium for our members to join the discussion. With a focus on patient care, we pose the question: Does race impact the health of the communities we […]

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Esophageal symptoms are common and affect at least a quarter of the population. There are a multitude of diagnostic tests available, but no true gold standard and each test is complementary.  Endoscopy allows direct visualization of the mucosa, biopsy acquisition and potential dilation — but does not directly assess motility, biomechanical properties or bolus transit.  […]

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Walled-off pancreatic necrosis (WON) is a defined entity that occurs following an episode of acute necrotizing pancreatitis. Direct endoscopic necrosectomy (DEN) is performed by advancing an endoscope transmurally into WON and has become an accepted modality. However, clinicians have many questions about endoscopic necrosectomy. Some of these questions will be addressed. 1. Is DEN required […]

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Over the years there have been attempts at standardizing care for the patient with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I was the director of AGA’s initiative to establish quality metrics for the care of patients with IBD in 2011. Subramanian and Triadafilopoulos published a review in 2016,1 and Berry and Melmed published an excellent review this […]

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This is half of a two-part debate — read the opposing argument.  Following the introduction of infliximab in 1998, two additional tumor necrosis factor antagonists (i.e., adalimumab, certolizumab pegol), the anti- integrin vedolizumab and ustekinumab (a monoclonal directed to interleukin 12 and 23) were approved for the management of inflammatory bowel disease. Biologics have greatly […]