About ACG

More than 13,750 physicians from 86 countries are members of the ACG. Through annual scientific meetings, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, regional postgraduate training courses and research grants, the ACG provides its members with the most accurate and up-to-date scientific information on digestive health and the etiology, symptomatology and treatment of GI disorders. ACG’s advocacy in the public policy arenas, and the work of the ACG’s 22 committees have made tremendous strides with many premiere accomplishments to improve the future of clinical gastroenterology and the quality of care available to patients with GI conditions and diseases, today. The information exchange and training acquired through College membership provide physicians with the knowledge necessary to offer the most effective patient care and to meet the challenges of today’s changing health care system. For more information about becoming a member, click here.

Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be the pre-eminent professional organization that champions the evolving needs of clinicians in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based, and compassionate health care to gastroenterology patients.

Our mission is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of:

  • Scientific investigation
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Treatment

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2016-2017 ACG President


Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG

Currently, Dr. Burke is Vice Chair of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and holds joint appointments in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Colorectal Surgery and the Taussig Cancer Institute at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, where she serves as Director of the Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention and Head of the Section of Polyposis in the Sanford R. Weiss, MD, Center for Hereditary Colorectal Neoplasia.

Her area of clinical and research interests includes the prevention of colorectal neoplasia both in sporadic individuals and those with the inherited colorectal cancer syndromes. Her research on the effects of chemo-preventive agents on the prevention of intestinal neoplasia has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and the ACG, among others.

She is the Co-Director of the multi-disciplinary Hereditary Cancer Clinic and provides consultations including risk assessment, and endoscopic evaluation and treatment for individuals with a hereditary predisposition to cancer. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and numerous other books and teaching materials. Dr. Burke has been involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows since 1991 and has developed and coordinated the digestive disease curriculum for trainees in the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Dr. Burke completed medical school at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, and residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital, both in Columbus, Ohio. She completed her Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 1993 and has been on the professional staff since that time. She holds leadership roles at the Cleveland Clinic and within its Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute, where she chairs the Clinical Competency Committee, Protocol Review Committee for the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Burke is a member of the National Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Burke has served the College with loyalty and distinction for many years. She has moved through ACG’s leadership ranks, first as Secretary (2012-2013), then Treasurer (2013-2014), Vice President (2014-2015), and President-Elect (2015-2016). Her active service to ACG committees includes Chair of the Finance Committee (2013-2014); Member of the Credentials Committee (2012-2013); Member of the FDA Committee and FDA Liaison Council (2011-present); Chair of the Women in Gastroenterology Committee (2001-2003); Member of the Patient Care Committee (1998-2001); Member of the Educational Affairs Committee (1999-2004); and Chair of Educational Affairs (2004-2007).

Dr. Burke is a past member of the Board of the Ohio Gastroenterology Society and is a past president of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer.

She has served as an Associate Editor for The American Journal of Gastroenterology and is a reviewer for many journals including Gut, Endoscopy, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Gastroenterology, and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, to name a few.

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2016-2017 Board of Trustees




Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
Director, Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention
Head, Section of Polyposis, Sanford R. Weiss, MD Center for Hereditary Colorectal Neoplasia
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Colorectal Surgery and Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH



Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG
Chief Medical Officer
John Muir Health
Walnut Creek, CA

Vice President


Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN



David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY



Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
Director, Division of Gastroenterology
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, NY

Immediate Past President


Kenneth R. DeVault, M.D., FACG
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL

Past President


Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG
Clifford Joseph Barborka Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director of the Digestive Health Center, Northwestern Medicine
Chicago, IL

Director, ACG Institute


Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Director, Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC

Chair, Board of Governors


Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Akron Digestive Disease Consultants, Inc.
Akron, OH

Vice Chair, Board of Governors


Douglas G. Adler, MD, FACG
Professor of Medicine
Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
University of Utah School of Medicine
Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy, Huntsman Cancer Center
Salt Lake City, UT

Trustee for Administrative Affairs


Delbert L. Chumley, MD, FACG
Partner, Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Co-Editor, AJG


Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Chief, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH

Co-Editor, AJG


Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
Professor of Medicine and Public Health, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Health System
Director, Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE)
Los Angeles, CA



William D. Chey, MD, FACG
Professor of Medicine
H. Marvin Pollard Institute Scholar
Director, GI Physiology Laboratory
Co-Director, Michigan Bowel Control Program
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI


Lauren B. Gerson, MD, MSc, FACG
California Pacific Medical Center
San Francisco, CA


Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG
Gastroenterology Assoc. P.A.
Hickory, NC


Paul Y. Kwo, MD, FACG
Professor of Medicine
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA


Jonathan A. Leighton, MD, FACG
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, AZ


Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG
Charlottesville Gastroenterology Associates
Director of Endoscopy, Martha Jefferson Hospital
Charlottesville, VA


David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
Joseph B. Kirsner Professor of Medicine
Section Chief, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Co-Director, Digestive Diseases Center
The University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, IL


John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director of Endoscopy
Director, Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA


Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Gastroenterology Associates, Inc.
Providence, RI


Scott M. Tenner, MD, MPH, FACG
Director, Brooklyn Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Associates
Director, The Greater New York Endoscopy Surgical Center
Clinical Professor of Medicine, State University of New York – Health Sciences Center
Brooklyn, NY

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ACG Headquarters

During the first week of February 2005, the American College of Gastroenterology moved into its new national headquarters building located in Bethesda, Maryland. In recognition of the continued outstanding growth in membership and programming, the move is designed to permit the College’s administrative staff to better serve the needs of the organization and its members. The new space provides a significant upgrade in the amount of work-space and will permit the College to meet its administrative staffing needs for the foreseeable future.

The move to increase administrative capacity is an outgrowth of the review of the College’s capabilities and resources that began in 2001 with then President Edgar Achkar’s appointment of a strategic planning committee and culminated with the ratification of the ACG Strategic Plan in 2002. The College’s Board of Trustees believes all members will benefit from an increased level of service and new and exciting programs that build on the ACG’s unique role as champion of clinical gastroenterology.

ACG Headquarters Interior

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75th Anniversary Book

American College of Gastroenterology 1932 – 2007
Seventy-Five Years of Commitment to Clinical Gastroenterology, Gastroenterologists and Patient Health

ACG marked its 75th Anniversary in 2007 and to celebrate our anniversary, we published a book that highlights our history. There is a long list of individuals, members past and present, who contributed to the publication, compiling ACG’s history and various milestones throughout our 75 years. ACG thanks all those individuals who contributed their time to see this book come to fruition. In addition, the Archives Committee put so much of their time into developing this book as well and ACG wishes to recognize the ACG Archive Committee members:

Kevin W. Olden, MD, FACG, Chair
James L. Achord, MD, MACG
V. Alin Botoman, MD, FACG
Mitchell S. Cappell, MD, FACG
Robert E. Kravetz, MD, MACG
Myron Lewis, MD, MACG
Arvey I. Rogers, MD, MACG
Sidney Winawer, MD, MACG
Alvin Zfass, MD, MACG

Committee members want to personally recognize the late Albert C. Svoboda, MD, MACG, who prior to his passing, dedicated a great deal of his time to see this project come to fruition. A special acknowledgement of Dr. Svoboda is included in the book.

PDFs of each chapter may be found below:

Table of Contents, Dedication, Foreword, Acknowledgements and Timeline

Chapter 1: The Founding and the Early Years, 1932 – 1954
Chapter 2: Growth and Maturity
Chapter 3: Making an Impact
Chapter 4: The College Focuses on Practitioners, Public Education, and Practice
Chapter 5: A Decade of Progress (1997 – 2007)
Chapter 6: Winds of Change: Challenging Issues
Chapter 7: Yesterdays, Today, and Tomorrows: Recollections, Reflections, and perspectives from Past Presidents
Chapter 8: Awards and Lectures

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