Providing Noteworthy Speakers for Training in Your Communities

The goal of the ACG Edgar Achkar Visiting Professorship Program, which honors former ACG Institute Director, Edgar Achkar, MD, MACG, is to enable GI fellowship programs to have high-quality visiting professors to bolster the training program by providing lectures, small group discussions, and one-on-one visits with trainees and faculty. You choose the speaker, the Institute covers the travel costs and honorarium.

Everyone here was thrilled with his [Dr. Hanauer’s] visit. Even though he is an outstanding speaker and I have heard him speak multiple times, the interaction in a smaller audience exceeded my expectations as we were able to learn more about his approach to patients and thought process behind it.
Dr. Fernando Castro
Cleveland Clinic Florida

How It Works:

The purpose of these visits is to reach a diverse number of programs while aiming to maximize the impact of each visit by targeting GI training programs, which could also leverage an additional community event with local ACG member physicians, sometimes in conjunction with a local gut club. The programs offer expertise for a specific area of need at each institution.

Since the program’s inception in 2014, the Institute has supported more than 49 visits in the U.S. and Canada.

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2019 ACG Edgar Achkar
Visiting Professorships

Eamonn M.M. Quigley, MD, MACG
Mount Sinai Beth Israel, St. Luke and West
February 26-27

Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
NYU School of Medicine
April 2

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG
Lehigh Valley Health Network
April 3-4

David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
Brown University
May 8-9

Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
New York Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell
May 9

Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center
May 9-10

William D. Chey, MD, FACG
University of Colorado
June 6-7

David J. Hass, MD, FACG
Cooper University Hospital
June 13

Douglas K. Rex, MD, MACG
Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center El Paso
June 14

Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
Washington University in St. Louis
School of Medicine
September 18-19

Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD, FACG
University of California, Davis
September 19