Abstract Award Winners

ACG offers 33 awards in a variety of areas for outstanding abstract submissions. Among these awards, 17 are available only to trainees, while the remaining awards are available to both ACG members and non-members. Each award carries with it a grant of $1,000 and the recipients are encouraged to use the stipend to cover the cost of travel and lodging to present their paper/poster at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting

ACG Auxiliary Awards

These two awards are presented by the Auxiliary to the best scientific papers submitted by physicians-in-training or by a Fellow/Member of the College. The award recipients are selected by the Educational Affairs Committee.

2015 Recipients:

Impact of Recent Guidelines on the Role of EUS in Diagnosis of Asymptomatic Neoplastic Pancreatic Cysts
Divyanshoo Kohli, MD1, Ashwani Kapoor, MD2, Doumit BouHaidar, MD1, Ravi Vachhani, MD3; 1Virginia Commonwealth University, Division of Gastroenterology, Richmond, VA; 2Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; 3Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Effect of an Endoscopic Quality Improvement Program on Adenoma Detection Rates: A Multicenter Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial in Clinical Practice Setting (EQUIP-3)
Michael Wallace, MD, MPH, FACG1, Julia Crook, MD1, Colleen Thomas, MD1, Estella Staggs, MD1, Laurie Parker2, Douglas K. Rex, MD, MACG3; 1Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL; 2American College of Gastroenterology, Bethesda, MD; 3Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

ACG Case Reports Journal Awards

These two awards are given to the best posters in the Clinical Vignettes/Case Reports category as determined by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee. One award is given to a Fellow or Member of the ACG and the other to a fellow-in-training

2015 Recipients:

Here’s Looking at You Kid: A Case of Repeated Doll Head Ingestion: An Endoscopic Challenge
Jennifer H. Lai, MD1, Hubert Luu, MD, MS2, Lauren B. Gerson, MD, MSc, FACG1; 1California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA; 2University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

A Fatal and Preventable Complication of Celiac Disease: A Call to Action
Malorie Simons1, Madhu Ouseph1, Diana Treaba1, Shamlal Mangray2, Steven Moss1; 1Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, Providence, RI; 2Autopsy Pathology and Pediatric Pathology, Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, Providence, RI

ACG Category Awards

The ACG Category Award is presented to one recipient selected from oral papers on the basis of abstracts submitted in any category. The primary author must not be based in or be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada and all work must have been performed outside the U.S. and Canada. The award recipient is chosen by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee.

2015 Recipient:

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Fungal Overgrowth (SIFO): A Frequent and Unrecognized Complication of Colectomy
Hamza M. Abdulla, MD1, Siegfried Yu, MD2, Kulthep Rattanakovit3, Collier Badger3, Satish Rao, MD4; 1Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA; 2 Georgia Regents University, Evans, GA; 3Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA; 4Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA

Evaluation of the Clinical Outcomes of Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) for Barrett’s Esophagus Associated With High-Grade Dysplasia or Early Adenocarcinoma: A Multicenter Study
Roxana Coman, MD, PhD1 , Michel Kahaleh, MD, FACG2, Irving Waxman, MD, FACG3, Andrew Y. Wang, MD, FACG4, Amrita Sethi, MD5, Ashish Shah, MD5, Peter Draganov, MD, FACG6; 1Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; 2 Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY; 3University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 4University of Virginia Health Systems, Charlottesville, VA; 5 Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY; 6 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Cost Effectiveness and Clinical Efficacy of Plastic vs Self-Expandable Metal Stents for Management of Biliary Obstruction Due to Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma in Patients Undergoing Neoadjuvant Therapy
Timothy B. Gardner, MD, MS, FACG1, Katerina Byanova1 , John M. Levenick, MD2, Stuart R. Gordon, MD1; 1Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; 2 Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

G-EYE™, High-Definition Colonoscopy Increases Adenoma Detection Rate Compared to Standard High Definition Colonoscopy: Results of Prospective Randomized Multicenter Trial
Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG1, Haim Shirin, MD2, Meir Mizrahi3, Dov Abramowich2, Trine Stigaard4, Nathan Gluck5, Mati Shnell, MD6, Peter Vilmann, MD, DSci, HC7, Sauid Ishaq8 , Julia Epshtein3, Jakob Hendel4, Roman Simantov, MD2, Menachem Moshkowitz5, Arthur Hoffman9 , Shaul Yaari3, Michael Yair2 , Harold Jacob3, Beni Shpak5, Edi Viale10, Helmut Neumann11, Martin Goetz12, Pieralberta Testoni10, Peter D. Siersema13, Mark Pochapin, MD, FACG1, Ralf Kiesslich9; 1New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY; 2Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel; 3Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel; 4Copenhagen University Hospital, Herlev, Denmark; 5Laniado Hospital, Netanya, Israel; 6Laniado Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel; 7GastroUnit, Copenhagen University Hospital, Herlev, Denmark; 8NHS, Dudley, United Kingdom; 9HSK, Dr. Horst-SchmidtKliniken, Wiesbaden, Germany; 10San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy; 1University Clinic, Erlangen, Germany; 2Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; 3UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Gut Microbiota Changes as Predictors of Treatment Failure in Primary Clostridium difficile Infection
Sahil Khanna, MBBS, MS1, Emmanuel Montassier, MD2, Bradley Schmidt, BS1, David Lynch, ASCP1, Cheryl Bernard, AAS1, Heather Lekatz1, Kristy Zodrow, AAS1, Robin Patel, MD1, Patricia Kammer, CCRP1, Dan Knights, PhD2, Darrell Pardi, MD, MS, FACG1, Purna Kashyap, MD1; 1Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; 2University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Prevalence of Biopsy Proven Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Severely Obese Subjects Without Metabolic Syndrome
Kamran Qureshi, MD1, Gary Abrams, MD2; 1Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; 2Greenville Health System Gastroenterology & Liver Center, Greenville, SC

Accurate Identification of Excessive Methane Gas Producers by a Single Fasting Measurement of Exhaled Methane: A Large-scale Database Analysis
Ali Rezaie, MD, MSc, Bianca Chang, MD, Kathleen Shari Chua, Eugenia A. Lin, Mark Pimentel, MD, FACG, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Regional Variation in Quality of Care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the United States
David T. Rubin, MD1, Haridarshan Patel, PharMD2, Sherry Shi3, Reema Mody, MBA, PhD4; 1University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL; 2Immensity Consulting, Inc., Chicago, IL; 3Analysis Group, Inc., Montreal, PQ, Canada; 4Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Inc, Deerfield, IL

Detection of Crohn’s Disease in Patients With Spondyloarthropathies (SpA): A Prospective Capsule Endoscopy-Based Study (SpACE Capsule Study)
Ernest Seidman, MDCM, FACG1, Uri Kopylov, MD1, Michael Starr, MD2, Craig Watts, MD3, Serge Dionne, PhD1, Jamie Koenekoop, BSc1; 1Research Institute of the McGill University Heath Centre, Montreal, PQ, Canada; 2Division of Rheumatology, McGill University Heath Centre, Montreal, PQ, Canada; 3Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, PQ, Canada

Demographic and Socio-Economic Influences on H. pylori-Induced Changes to the Gastric Mucosa
Amnon Sonnenberg1, Robert Genta2, Kevin Turner2; 1Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR; 2Miraca Life Sciences Research Institute, Irving, TX

Colorectal Surgery in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)-Associated Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Patients Has Worse Health Outcomes Than in Non-IBD Associated CRC Patients
Cheng Zhang, MD, PhD1 , Hisham Hussan, MD2, Peter Stanich, MD2, Alice Hinton, PhD1, Syed Husain, MD3, Edward Levine, MD3; 1The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; 2Section of Intestinal Neoplasia and Hereditary Polyposis, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH; 3The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

ACG Fellows-in-Training Awards

These eleven awards are presented to a fellow-in-training on the basis of all abstracts submitted, with one winner in each category, excluding Clinical Vignettes/Case Reports, Endoscopy Video Forum and Pediatric GI. The award recipients are selected by the Educational Affairs Committee.

2015 Recipient:

EUS Is Not Required for Staging Newly Diagnosed Malignant Esophageal Strictures That Preclude the Passage of a Standard Gastroscope: Results of a Prospective, Multicenter Study
Ji Young Bang, MD, MPH1, Jayapal Ramesh, MD2, Muhammad Hasan, MD3, Udayakumar Navaneethan3, Robert Hawes, MD, FACG4, Shyam Varadarajulu, MD3; 1Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN; 2 University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; 3Center for Interventional Endoscopy, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL; 4University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando, FL

Assessment of Post-treatment Outcomes in Achalasia Utilizing Novel, High-Resolution Impedance Manometry Parameters
Dustin A. Carlson, MD, MS1, Zhiyue Lin1, Kristina Dykstra1, Joel Sternbach, MD1, Peter J. Kahrilas, MD, FACG2, John E. Pandolfino, MD, MS, FACG1; 1Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; 2Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Radiological Response Is Associated With Better Long-Term Outcomes and Is a Potential Treatment Target in Patients With Small Bowel Crohn’s Disease
Parakkal Deepak, MBBS1, Joel Fletcher, MD2, Jeff Fidler, MD2, John Barlow, MD2, Shannon Sheedy, MD2, Amy Kolbe, MD2, William Harmsen, MS2, Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD, FACG1, Stephanie Hansel, MD, MS1, Brenda Becker, CCRP1, David Bruining, MD1; 1Division of Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; 2Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Early Use of TIPS and Outcomes in Patients With Cirrhosis and Acute Esophageal Variceal Bleeding: Analysis of the U.S. Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Database, 2000-2010
Basile Njei, MD, MPH, Loren Laine, MD, FACG, Section of Digestive Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Screening Colonoscopy Withdrawal Time and Proximal Serrated Polyp Detection Rate: Analysis of a Large, Single, High-Volume Center Using Natural Language Processing
Viral Patel, MD, William Thompson, PhD, Jay L. Goldstein, MD, FACG, Eugene Yen, MD, MBA, FACG, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL

Dyssynergia or No Dyssynergia: Phenotypic Categorization of Constipated Patients With High Resolution Anorectal Manometry (HRAM)
Kulthep Rattanakovit, MD1, Satish Rao, MD2, Mercedes Amieva, MD3, Arie Mack3, Annie Dewitt3; 1Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Georgia Regents University, Bangkok, Thailand; 2Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA; 3Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA

High Prevalence of Gastroparesis in Post-lung Transplant Patients
Kirsten Regalia, MD1, Andy Sweatt, MD1, Louise Wang2, Linda Nguyen, MD2; 1Stanford University, San Carlos, CA; 2Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CA

A Randomized, Double-Blind Controlled Trial to Examine the Effectiveness of Lubiprostone on Constipation Symptoms and Colon Transit Time in Diabetic Patients
Sagar Shroff, MD1, Nikrad Shahnavaz, MD1, Latoya Carter, MSHS2, Melanie Harrison, MD3, Karan Dietz-Lindo4, John Hanfelt, PhD1, Shanthi Srinivasan, MD1, Jennifer Christie, MD5; 1Emory University, Atlanta, GA; 2Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA; 3Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, Decatur, GA; 4Emory Health Care, Tyrone, GA; 5Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Fecal Immunochemical Testing and Panel Management Is Associated With Higher Screening Rates in a Safety-Net Population
Maneesh Singh, Lukejohn Day, Ma Somsouk; University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Etiologies and Clinical Features of Nonresponsive Celiac Disease in Children Under the Age of 18 Years
Gopal Veeraraghavan, MD1, Dharmesh H. Kaswala, MD1, Natalia E. Castillo, MD1, Allison McKeown, BA2, Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS1, Ciaran P. Kelly, MD3, FACG, Alan M. Leichtner, MD, MSHPE2, Dascha C. Weir, MD2; 1Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA; 2Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA; 3Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

ACG Governors Awards for Excellence in Clinical Research

These five awards, supported by the ACG Board of Governors, are given to the best papers as determined by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee from all abstracts submitted.

2015 Recipients:

Low Bleeding Rates Associated With Esophageal Endoscopic Mucosal Resection for the Treatment of Dysplastic Barrett’s Esophagus
Daniel K. Chan, MD, Cadman L. Leggett, MD, Lori L. Lutzke, CCRP, Prasad G. Iyer, MD, FACG, Kenneth K. Wang, MD, FACG, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Small Sessile Serrated Polyps Have Higher Rates of Advanced Adenomas Upon Surveillance Than Small Tubular Adenomas
Karen Ma, MD1, Saba Arshad, MD2, Thomas Kaminsky, MD2, Vinesh Melvani, MD2, Michael Greenspan, MD2, Brett Mahon, MD2, Shriram Jakate, MD2, Shannon Sims, MD2, Joshua Melson, MD, MPH2; 1Rush University Medical Center, Darien, IL; 2Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Rate, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of de novo Inflammatory Bowel Disease After Liver Transplantation for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
Mohamad A. Mouchli, MD1, Siddharth Singh, MD2, Jayant A. Talwalkar, MD, MPH, FACG2, Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD, FACG2; 1Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; 2Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

The Utility of Repeat Diagnostic Paracentesis in the Management of Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis
Badar Muneer, MD1, Stanley M. Cohen, MD2, Basel Abusneineh, MD3, Anthony Post, MD1, Pierre Gholam, MD1, Deepak Venkat, MD2, Falck-Ytter Yngve, MD3, Mohammad Ashfaq, MD4; 1University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; 2University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; 3Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; 4Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX

Associations of Clinical Symptoms and Bowel Characteristics With Intestinal Microbiota in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Yehuda Ringel, MD, FACG1, Tamar Ringel-Kulka, MD, MPH2, Jarkko Salojärvi, PhD3, Ian Carroll1, Willem De Vos4; 1University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; 2University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC; 3University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; 4Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands

ACG International Award

The ACG International Award is presented to one recipient selected from oral papers on the basis of abstracts submitted in any category. The primary author must not be based in or be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada and all work must have been performed outside the U.S. and Canada. The award recipient is chosen by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee.

2105 Recipient:

Endoscopic Submucosal Tunnel Dissection for Upper GI Submucosal Tumors Originating From the Muscularis Propria Layer: A Prospective Study
Wei Gong1, Xiaowei Tang, MD1, Silin Huang, MD1, Yutang Ren, MD2, Bo Jiang2; 1Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Gastroenterology, Department of Gastroenterology, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China; 2Departmemt of Gastroenterology, Beijing Tsinghua Changgung Hospital Medical Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

ACG Lawlor Resident Award

The ACG Lawlor Resident Award is presented annually in memory of the late Edward Lawlor, an executive of SmithKline & French, who had a distinguished career of outstanding contributions to the ACG and the gastroenterology community at large. The recipient is selected on the basis of abstracts submitted by residents-in-training. Abstracts should relate to clinical or research oriented work in the field of gastroenterology. The recipient is chosen by the Educational Affairs Committee subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

2015 Recipient:

Prognostic Impact of Achieving Sustained Viral Response in Patients With Hepatitis C After Curative Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Swathi Paleti, MD1, Sashidhar Manthravadi, MD2, Prashant Pandya, DO3; 1University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, MO; 2University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO; 3Kansas City VA Medical Center/University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, MO

ACG Naomi Nakao Gender-Based Research Award

This award, presented in conjunction with the ACG’s Women in Gastroenterology Committee and supported by Naomi Nakao, MD, ScD, FACG, is given to the best paper related to identifiying gender-based differences in gastrointestinal diseases as determined by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee from all abstracts submitted.

2015 Recipient:

Does Cesarean Section and Formula Feeding Reduce Vertical Transmission in Chronic Hepatitis B Pregnant Mothers?
Rasham Mittal, Amandeep Sahota, MD, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

ACG Obesity Award

The ACG Obesity Award is given to the best paper related to original clinical or basic science oriented work in the area of obesity as it impacts gastrointestinal diseases or treatments. The recipient is selected by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee from all abstracts submitted.

2105 Recipient:

Does Obesity Impact Mortality and Other Outcomes in Patients With Upper Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage? A Nationwide Analysis
Marwan S. Abougergi, MD1, Francis Okeke, MD, MPH2, Heather Peluso, BS3, John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG4; 1Catalyst Medical Consulting, Baltimore, MD; 2Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD; 3Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Baltimore, MD; 4Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Gastroenterology, Boston, MA

ACG Radhika Srinivasan Gender-Based Research Award

This award, presented in conjunction with the ACG’s Women in Gastroenterology Committee, is named in honor of Radhika Srinivasan, MD, MACG, and is given to the best paper related to identifiying gender-based differences in gastrointestinal diseases as determined by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee from all abstracts submitted.

2015 Recipient:

Potential Risks of Immunosuppressant Drugs to the Pregnant Patient
Brindusa Truta, MD1, Azah Althumairi, MD2, Joseph Canner, MHS3, Bashar Safar, MBBS2, Jonathan Efron, MD2; 1Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; 2Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Baltimore, MD; 3Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Surgery Center for Outcomes Research, Baltimore, MD