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.

2014 Recipients:

Colonoscopy Is Associated With a Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer and Mortality in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH,1 Andrew Cagan, BS,4 Tianxi Cai, PhD,3 Vivian Gainer, MS,4 Stanley Shaw, MD, PhD,1 Susanne Churchill, PhD,4 Elizabeth Karlsin, MD, MPH,2 Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD,1 Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD,2 Katherine Liao, MD, MPH,2 Gastrointestinal Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; Partners Healthcare, Boston, MA

Dronabinol Increases Pain Threshold in Non-cardiac Chest Pain: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial
Zubair Malik, MD,1 Levent Bayman, MSc,2 Jessica Valestine, BSc,2 Ron Schey, MD, FACG,1 Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

ACG Colorectal Cancer Prevention Awards

As part of the ACG Colorectal Cancer Action Plan, the abstract submission category of “Colorectal Cancer Prevention” was added for presentation at the Annual Meeting. The winners of this award were judged by the Educational Affairs Committee, with input from the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Scoring Subcommittee, as the top four submissions in this category.

2014 Recipients:

Impact of Retroflexion Versus Second Forward View Examination of the Right Colon on Adenoma Detection: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial
Vladimir Kushnir, MD,1 Young Oh, MD,2 Thomas Hollander, BS,1 Chien-Huan Chen, MD, PhD,1 Gregory Sayuk, MD, MPH,1 Nicholas Davidson, MD, FACG,1 Daniel Mullady, MD,1 Faris Murad, MD,1 Noura Sharabash, MD,1 Eric Ruettgers, MSN, RN, ANP-BC,1 Themistocles Dassopoulos, MD,1 Jeffrey Easler, MD,1 C. Prakash Gyawali, MD, FACG,1 Steven Edmundowicz, MD,1 Dayna Early, MD, FACG,1 Gastroenterology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Withdrawal Times, Adenoma Detection Rates, and Risk of Interval Colorectal Cancer
Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG,1 Thomas Rector, PhD,1 Timothy Church, PhD,2 Frank Lederle, MD,1 Adam Kim, MD,3 Jeffery Rank, MD,3 John Allen, MD,3 Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Minnesota Gastroenterology, PA, Minneapolis, MN

Colorectal Cancer Patients Have Higher Rates of Advanced Features in their Diminutive Adenomas Compared to Patients Undergoing Average-Risk Screening
Amoah Yeboah-Korang, MD, MPH, MSc, Philip Vutien, MD, Kateri Evans, MS, Michael Greenspan, MD, Sohrab Mobarhan, MD, Shriram Jakate, MD, Joshua Melson, MD, MPH, Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer: A More Aggressive Disease on the Rise
Xi Zheng, MD, PhD, Heather Yeo, MD, MHS, Doron Betel, PhD, Manish Shah, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

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.

2014 Recipients:

Mode of Childbirth and Long-term Outcomes in Women With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH,1 Andrew Cagan, BS,4 Vivian Gainer, MS,4 Tianxi Cai, PhD,2 Stanley Shaw, MD, PhD,1 Susanne Churchill, PhD,4 Elizabeth Karlsin, MD, MPH,3 Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD,1 Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD,3 Katherine Liao, MD, MPH,3 Gastrointestinal Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Partners Healthcare, Boston, MA

Idiosyncratic Drug-Induced Liver Injury (DILI) in the United States: A Report of 1,257 Prospectively Enrolled Patients
Naga Chalasani, MD, FACG,1 Herbert Bonkovsky, MD, FACG,2 Robert Fontana, MD,3 William Lee, MD, FACG,4 Andrew Stolz, MD,5 Jay Talwalkar, MD, FACG,6 Rajender Reddy, MD, FACG,7 Paul Watkins, MD,8 Victor Navarro, MD,9 Huiman Barnhart, PhD,10 Jiezhun Gu, PhD,10 Jose Serrano, MD,11 Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN; Carolinas Health Care System, Charlotte, NC; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; UT-Southwestern, Dallas, TX; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC; NIDDK, Bethesda, MD

Statewide, Population-Based Lynch Syndrome Screening by Microsatellite Instability Testing in Colorectal Cancer Patients ≤ Age 50: Prevalence, Determinants of Testing and Timing of Result Availability in Relation to Surgery
Jordan Karlitz, MD,1 Mei-chin Hsieh, MSPH,2 Yong Liu, BS,1 Christine Blanton, MD,1 Beth Schmidt, MSPH,2 Meredith Sherrill, MD,1 Sanjay Sikka, MD,1 Giuseppe Gagliardi, MD,1 Xiao-Cheng Wu, MD, MPH,2 Vivien Chen, MPH, PhD,2 Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA; Louisiana Tumor Registry, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

Stratification of Crohn’s Disease Patients Using the Lemann Index to Quantify Gut Damage: A 5-Year Prospective Study
Bhavana Bhagya Rao, MD,1 Claudia Ramos Rivers, MD,1 Jean-Frederic Colombel, MD, PhD,2 Miguel Regueiro, MD,1 Jason Swoger, MD,1 Marc Schwartz, MD,1 Leonard Baidoo, MD,1 Jana Hashash, MD,1 Arthur Barrie, MD, PhD,1 Michael Dunn, MD,1 David Binion, MD,1 Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Mean Platelet Volume, Red Cell Distribution Width to Platelet Count Index, Globulin Platelet Index, and Twelve Other Simple Non-invasive Fibrosis Scores: How Much Do Routine Blood Tests Tell About Liver Fibrosis?
Ragesh Thandassery, MD DM,1 Anil John, MD DM MRCP,1 Madiha Soofi, MD,2 Syed Mohiuddin, MBBS,1 Mohammed Elbadri, MD,1 Saad Al Kaabi, MD,1 Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar; Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

ACG IBD Awards

These five awards are given to the best papers by fellows in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease category as determined by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee from all abstracts submitted for the ACG Annual Meeting.

2014 Recipients:

Impact of Immigration on Phenotype and Severity of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Prospective Cohort Study of Hispanics in the United States
Nirupama Bonthala, MD, Jared Macklin, MD, Syeda Hamadani, MD, Mark Salem, MD, Rahel Demisse, MD, Beverly Chen, MD, Caroline Hwang, MD, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Significance of Sessile Serrated Lesions in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Whitney Jackson, MD,1 Jean-Paul Achkar, MD,1 Lee Lili, MD,2 Xiuli Liu, MD,2 Rish Pai, MD,2 Rocio Lopez, MS,3 Daniela Allende, MD,2 Cleveland Clinic, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Cleveland, OH; Cleveland Clinic, Department of Pathology, Cleveland, OH; Cleveland Clinic, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, Cleveland, OH

Using Genetic Databases to Explore Biological Pathways in IBD and Its Extraintestinal Manifestations
Sachin Mohan, MD, PhD, Shaffer Mok, MD, MBS, Thomas Judge, MD, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

Substitution with Alternative Anti-TNF-α Therapy (SaVANT): Outcomes of a Crohn’s Disease Cohort Undergoing Substitution Therapy With Certolizumab
Andrew Motlis, MD, Avinash Aravantagi, MD, Moheb Boktor, MD, Ankur Sheth, MD, FACG, Kenneth Manas, MD, James Morris, MD, FACG, Paul Jordan, MD, FACG, Felix Becker, MD, PhD, Jonathan Alexander, PhD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine – Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Shreveport, LA

Updated Incidence and Prevalence of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis in Olmsted County, Minnesota (1970-2010)
Raina Shivashankar, MD, William Tremaine, MD, FACG, Scott Harmsen, MS, Alan Zinsmeister, PhD, Edward Loftus, MD, FACG, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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.

2014 Recipient:

SVR12 of 99% Achieved With a Ribavirin-Free Regimen of ABT-450/r/Ombitasvir and Dasabuvir in HCV Genotype 1b-Infected Patients
Andreas Maieron, MD,1 Massimo Puoti, MD,2 Jeffrey Enejosa, MD,3 Ziv Ben-Ari, MD,4 Gunnar Norkrans, MD,5 Manuel Romero-Gomez, MD,6 Wangang Xie, PhD,3 Daniel Cohen, MD,3 Thomas Podsadecki, MD,3 Pietro Andreone, MD,7 Elisabeth Hospital, Linz, Austria; A.O. Ospedale Niguarda Ca Granda, Milan, Italy; AbbVie, Inc., North Chicago, IL; The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel; Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden; Hospital Universitario Nuestra Senora De Valme, Seville, Spain; Dept. of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

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.

2014 Recipient:

Impact of Small Bowel Imaging on the Histological Patterns of Small Bowel Tumors: Analysis With SEER Database
Felix Lui, MD,1 Richard Shaw, PhD,2 Lauren Gerson, MD,3 Internal Medicine, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA; California Pacific Medical Center – Division of Clinical Informatics, San Francisco, CA; California Pacific Medical Center – Division of Gastroenterology, San Francisco, CA

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.

2014 Recipient:

Gender Differences in Research Productivity, Academic Rank, and Career Duration Among U.S. Academic Gastroenterology Faculty
Brintha Enestvedt, MD, MBA,1 Sarah Diamond, MD,1 Charles Thomas, MD,1 Sima Desai, MD,1 Reshma Jagsi, MD,2 Colleen Schmitt, MD,3 Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Galen Medical Group, Chattanooga, TN

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.

2014 Recipient:

Acute Pancreatitis (AP) in Post-bariatric Surgery (BRS) Status: Analysis of National Trends, Complications, and Outcomes 2007-2011
Somashekar Krishna, MD, MPH, Jennifer Behzadi, MD, Alice Hinton, PhD, Samer El-Dika, MD, Jeffery Groce, MD, Hisham Hussan, MD, Darwin Conwell, MD, MS, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH

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.

2014 Recipient:

Celiac Disease in Women With Infertility: A Meta-Analysis
Prashant Singh, MBBS,1 Shubhangi Arora, MBBS,2 Tor Strand, PhD,3 Govind Makharia, DM,2 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India; University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

ACG Clinical Vignette Awards

These two awards are given to the best posters in the Clinical Vignettes Section as determined by the ACG Educational Affairs Committee from all abstracts submitted for the ACG Annual Meeting.

2014 Recipients:

Enterocutaneous Fistula Plug Placement as a Successful Endoscopic Intervention for Management of a Refractory Gastrocutaneous Fistula
Khadija Chaudrey, MD, John Maple, DO, FACG, Oklahoma University Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Sofosbuvir Plus Simeprevir for the Treatment of Recurrent Hepatitis C With Fibrosing Cholestatic Hepatitis After Liver Transplantation
Danny Issa, MD,1 Bijan Eghtesad, MD,2 Nizar Zein, MD, FACG,2 Naim Alkhouri, MD, FACG,2 Richard Adams, RN,2 Ibrahim Hanouneh, MD, FACG,2 Cleveland Clinic, Department of Internal Medicine Fairview Hospital, Cleveland, OH; Cleveland Clinic, Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland, OH

ACG Fellow Awards

The ACG Fellow Awards are designated to the 10 best abstracts submitted by fellows-in-training, and are selected based on scientific merit. Winning papers are selected by the Educational Affairs Committee.

2014 Recipients:

Risk Factors for In-Hospital Mortality Due To Esophageal Variceal Bleeding
Paul Chang, MD, Digestive Diseases Center, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Association of Mean Vitamin D Level With Clinical Status in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A 5-Year Prospective Study
Toufic Kabbani, MD, MPH, Claudia Ramos Rivers, MD, Jason Swoger, MD, MPH, FACG, Miguel Regueiro, MD, FACG, Arthur Barrie, MD, PHD, FACG, Marc Schwartz, MD, FACG, Jana Hashash, MD, FACG, Leonard Baidoo, MD, FACG, Michael Dunn, MD, FACG, David Binion, MD, FACG, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

C. difficile-Associated Risk of Death Score (CARDS): A Novel Risk Score to Predict Mortality Among Hospitalized Patients With C. difficile Infection
Zain Kassam, MD, MPH,1 Camila Cribb Fabersunne, MD/MPH Candidate,2 Mark Smith, PhD Candidate,1 Gilaad Kaplan, MD, MPH,3 Geoffrey Nguyen, MD, PhD,4 Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MBBS, MPH,5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada; University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Endoscopic Radiofrequency Energy Delivery to the Lower Esophageal Sphincter for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Seth Lipka, MD,1 Ambuj Kumar, MD, MPH,2 Joel Richter, MD, FACG,3 Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL; University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Medicine Division of Evidence Based Medicine and Outcomes Research, Tampa, FL; University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders, Tampa, FL

PELD and BALF Scores Demonstrate Similar Reliability for Predicting Acute on Chronic Liver Failure and Death in Biliary Atresia Patients
Thaddaeus May, MD,1 Charles Ho, MD,2 Jacob Smith, MD,2 Ross Pepper, MD,2 Jesal Shah, MD,2 Ross Shepherd, MD,1 Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; Rice University, Houston, TX

Capnographic Monitoring Does Not Improve Detection of Hypoxemia in Colonoscopy with Moderate Sedation: A Randomized, Controlled Trial
Paresh Mehta, MD, Gursimran Kochhar, MD, Mazen Albeldawi, MD, Brian Kirsh, MD, Maged Rizk, MD, Brian Putka, MD, Binu John, MD, Yinghong Wang, MD, MPH, Nicole Breslaw, RN, John Vargo, MD, MPH, FACG, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Analysis of Exhaled Volatile Organic Compounds Reveals New Biomarkers for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Sophia Patel, MD,1 Nishaben Patel, MD,1 Vera Okwu, MD,1 Ammar Matloob, MD,1 David Grove, PhD,2 Ellen Rome, MD,3 Raed Dweik, MD,2 Naim Alkhouri, MD, FACG,1 Pediatric GI, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland, OH; Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute, Cleveland, OH; Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Department, Cleveland, OH

Postoperative Mortality for the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Population-Based Studies
Sundeep Singh, MD,1 Ahmed Al-Darmaki, MD,1 Alexandra Frolkis, PhD,2 Cynthia Seow, MD,1 Yvette Leung, MD,1 Kerri Novak, MD,1 Subrata Ghosh, MD,1 Remo Panaccione, MD,1 Gilaad Kaplan, MD,1 Division of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada; Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Topographical Mapping in a Cohort of Patients with Gastric Intestinal Metaplasia
Manish Singla, MD,1 Steven Armbruster, MD,1 Nisha Shah, MD,1 Molly Burman, BSN,1 Corinne Maydonovitch, BS,1 Patrick E. Young, MD, FACG,1 Jayde Kurland, MD, FACG,2 Scott Itzkowitz, DO, FACG,1 Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, DC; Gastrointestinal Associates, Lima, OH

The Clinical Characteristics of HLA Genotype DQ 2.2 in a United States Adult Celiac Disease Population
Richard Wu, MD, MPH, Stephanie Moleski, MD, C. Andrew Kistler, MD, PharmD, Beth Colombe, PhD, Anthony DiMarino, MD, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA