Mentoring Program

Program Description


The program’s objective is to provide second and third year fellows-in-training access to faculty from diverse practice models, academic departments, and geographic regions. We hope to foster casual dialogue between mentors and trainees, while affording trainees the opportunity to gain valuable guidance and career advice from faculty not accessible to them in their training programs. Of note, the ACG Mentoring Program is NOT to serve as a means by which trainees can obtain interviews for employment opportunities.

It is our hope that this program will be implemented as a useful tool for fellows to receive answers to questions that will help them reach their professional goals and aspirations, as well as provide them with exposure to faculty nationwide.

Pairing of Fellows and Mentors

Each year, the mentors’ profiles will be posted to the Trainees’ section of the ACG website, where trainees will be able to review the profiles. Second and third year trainees will then submit their top three requests for mentors to the ACG office. The assignment of mentors will be performed on a first-come-first-served basis. Fellows and mentors will be notified of the matches in September via e-mail.

Communication Between Fellows and Mentors

Fellows will be instructed to contact mentors through the mentors’ preferred modes of communication, (e.g., e-mail, phone). Mentors will be required to have contact with their trainees at least twice per year. In addition, a reception will be held at the annual ACG meeting in October so that mentors and fellows can meet in person, and so that the mentors can be specifically recognized for their efforts.


The program will be assessed annually. Feedback will be obtained via questionnaires distributed to both trainees and mentors. The data will be analyzed to evaluate the success of the program and to identify areas in need of improvement. In order to continue participating in the mentoring program, trainees will be required to submit their evaluations.

If successful after one year, the mentor list will be expanded, and the program revised based upon the ideas and guidance of the ACG Board of Trustees and other pertinent Committees.

Mentor Profiles

All mentors have submitted a paragraph detailing their education and training, special gastrointestinal interests, current clinical activities, and one to three sentences explaining the reasoning behind their career choices.

Douglas G. Adler, MD, FACG
Brian P. Bosworth, MD
Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
Donald O. Castell, MD, MACG
Naga P. Chalasani, MD, FACG
Sita S. Chokhavatia, MD, FACG
Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc, FACG
Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, DO, FACG
David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG
Seth A. Gross, MD
Christine Y. Hachem, MD
Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG
Lucinda A. Harris, MD, FACG
David J. Hass, MD, FACG
Sunanda V. Kane, MD, FACG
Philip O. Katz, MD, FACG
Brian S. Levitt, MD
Paul Moayyedi, MD, FACG
Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
Nimisha K. Parekh, MD
Anish A. Sheth, MD
Mitchell L. Shiffman, MD, FACG
Ronald D. Szyjkowski, MD, FACG
Anne C. Travis, MD, MSc, FACG
Renu Umashanker, MD

Mentor Request Form

Click here to fill out the online form to request a mentor.