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.

2013 Recipients:

The Epidemiology of Hepatitis E Virus in the United States: Update on Prevalence and Risk Factors from NHANES 2009-2010 Survey

Ivo Ditah, MD, MPhil, Pardha Devaki, MD, MPH, Fausta Ditah, MD, Ofor Ewelukwa, MD, MS, Basile Njei, MD, MPH, Mayo Clinic, Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT, Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

Do CRNAs Need Onsite MD Anesthesia Supervision for Safe Propofol Sedation in an Ambulatory Endoscopy Center (AEC)? A Comparison of 2 Sedation Models: CRNA Alone and CRNA with MD Anesthesia Supervision in 99,818 Consecutive Procedures

Murtaza Parekh, MD, MPH, Elizabeth Anderson, RN, Susan Miller, RN, BSH, Charles Barish, MD, Rig Patel, MD, Digestive Healthcare, Raleigh Endoscopy Center, Wake Gastroenterology, Raleigh, NC

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.

2013 Recipients:

Increased Incidence of Colorectal Cancer in Patients with Prior Endometrial Cancer:
A Population Based U.S. Study

Babatunde Adeyefa, MD, Sachin Batra, MD, MPH, Nirav Thosani, MD, MHA, Sushovan Guha, MD, PhD, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX

A Novel Balloon-colonoscope for Increased Polyp/Adenoma Detection Rate: Results of a Randomized Tandem Study

Seth Gross, MD, FACG, Zamir Halpern, MD, FACG, Erwin Santo, MD, Ralf Kiesslich, MD, Arthur Hoffman, MD, Mark Pochapin, MD, FACG, Beni Shpak, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, Laniado Hospital, Netanya, Israel, Marienkrankenhaus Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

Long Term Mortality Following Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Results from the Minnesota Fecal Occult Blood Trial

Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG, Steven Mongin, MS, Mindy Geisser, MS, Frank Lederle, MD, John Bond, MD, Jack Mandel, PhD, Timothy Church, PhD, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Risk and Benefits of Surveillance Colonoscopy in Patients 75 and Older

An Tran, MD, Eunis Wai Man Ngor, MS, Bechien Wu, MD, MPH, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Southern California Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA, Center for Digestive Health Research, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Los Angeles, CA, Division of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, CA

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.

2013 Recipients:

Intestinal Metaplasia of the Stomach Is Associated with an Increased Risk of Gastric Cancer in a Western Population

Wissam Bleibel, MD, Jeanetta Frye, MD, Justin Gomez, MD, Bryan Sauer, MD, MSc, Vanessa Shami, MD, Andrew Wang, MD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) for Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) in Immunocompromised Patients

Chioma Ihunnah, MD, MPH, Alexander Khoruts, MD, Monika Fischer, MD, MSCR, Anita Afzali, MD, MPH, Olga Aroniadis, MD, Amy Barto, MD, Thomas Borody, MD, PhD, Lawrence Brandt, MD, MACG, Andrea Giovanelli, BS, Shelley Gordon, MD, PhD, Elizabeth Hohmann, MD, Dina Kao, MD, John Kao, MD, PhD, Daniel McQuillen, MD, Mark Mellow, MD, FACG, Kevin Rank, MD, Arnab Ray, MD, Margot Schwartz, MD, MPH, Namita Singh, MD, Neil Stollman, MD, FACG, Christina Surawicz, MD, MACG, David Suskind, MD, Stephen Vindigni, MD, MPH, Ilan Youngster, MD, Colleen Kelly, Brown Alpert Medical School, Providence, RI, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Northern California Gastroenterology Consultants, Inc., Oakland, CA, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA, Centre for Digestive Diseases, Sydney, Australia, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Levels in Bile Distinguishes Pancreatic Cancer from Other Etiologies of Biliary Stricture

Ramprasad Jegadeesan, MD, Udayakumar Navaneethan, MD, Norma Gutierrez, MD, Preethi Venkatesh, MD, Earl Poptic, MD, Xiuli Liu, MD, Madhusudhan Sanaka, MD, Sunguk Jang, MD, John Vargo, MD, Mansour Parsi, MD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Anti-vinculin Antibodies: Multicenter Validation of a Diagnostic Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Mark Pimentel, MD, FACG, Christopher Chang, MD, PhD, Anthony Lembo, MD, Walter Morales, BS, Kathleen Shari Chua, BHS, Stacy Weitsman, MS, Emily Marsh, BA, Zachary Marsh, MS, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

The CCFA National Survey of Health Care Access in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

David Rubin, MD, FACG, Sarah Goeppinger, BA, Sandra Kim, MD, Joel Margolese, MD, Dylan Rodriguez, Joel Rosh, MD, FACG, Michele Rubin, APN, CNS, CGRN, Amy Kornbluth, BA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown, NJ, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, New York City, NY

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.

2013 Recipients:

Risk of Non-melanoma Skin Cancer in Ulcerative Colitis Patients Treated with Thiopurines: A Nationwide Retrospective Cohort

Ali Abbas, MD, MPH, Rawaa Almukhtar, MD, Nabeel Khan, MD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, New Orleans, LA

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients with Poor Sleep Quality also Have a Poor Quality of Life: A Correlation between the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire

Jami Kinnucan, MD, Jonathan Stein, BS, Sarah Goeppinger, BS, David Rubin, MD, FACG, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

U.S. Readmission Rates and Costs Following Hospitalization for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Saurabh Sethi, MD, MPH, Vaibhav Wadhwa, MBBS, Alan Moss, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital, New Delhi, India

Novel Gene-Gene and Gene-Environment Interactions in Ulcerative Colitis

Ming-Hsi Wang, MD, PhD, Claudio Fiocchi, MD, Xiaofeng Zhu, PhD, Stephan Ripke, MD Ilyas Kamboh, PhD, Nancy Rebert, MS, Richard Duerr, MD, Jean-Paul Achkar, MD, FACG, Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland, OH, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Correlation of Intestinal Tissue Anti-TNF Drug Levels with Endoscopic Disease Activity in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The ATLAS Study

Andrew Yarur, MD, Scott Hauenstein, PhD, Daniel Sussman, MD, MSPH, Jamie Barkin, MD, MACG, Amar Deshpande, MD, Maria Quintero, MD, Steven Lockton, PhD, Sharat Singh, PhD, Maria Abreu, MD, University of Miami, Miami, FL, Prometheus Labs, San Diego, CA

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.

2013 Recipient:

Randomized Study Comparing Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy, Botulinum Toxin Infection and Balloon Dilation for Achalasia: One Year Follow-up

Enqiang Linghu, MD, Huikai Li, MD, The Chinese PLA General Hospital, 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.

2013 Recipient:

Statewide Retrospective Review of Familial Pancreatic Cancer in Delaware and Frequency in Genetic Mutations in Pancreatic Cancer Kindreds

Muhammad Baig, DO, Zohra Ali-Khan Catts, MS, LCGC, Michael Guarino, MD, Nicholas Petrelli, MD, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE

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.

2013 Recipient:

Gender Disparities in Remission of Esophageal Intestinal Metaplasia after Radio-frequency Ablation

Bashar Qumseya, MD, Waseem David, MD, Massimo Raimondo, MD, FACG, Timothy Woodward, MD, Michael Wallace, MD, MPH, FACG Herbert Wolfsen, MD, FACG, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

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.

2013 Recipient:

Influence of Reflux and Central Adiposity on Intercellular Space in Squamous Esophageal Epithelium

Christopher Blevins, MD, Anamay Sharma, MBBS, Michele Johnson, PTA, Kelly Dunagan, RN, Milli Gupta, Prasad Iyer, MD, MS, FACG, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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.

2013 Recipient:

Female Gender Impacts Mortality and Length of Stay in Acute Pancreatitis in the United States: A Report of the National Inpatient Sample

Julia McNabb-Baltar, MD, FRCPC, Linda Lee, MD, MPH, Peter Banks, MD, MACG, Darwin Conwell, MD, Center for Pancreatic Disease, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, Fish Center for Women’s Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

ACG/AstraZeneca Clinical Vignette Awards

These two awards, supported by AstraZeneca, LP, 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.

2013 Recipients:

An Unusual Cause of Jaundice: Cholestasis-Lymphedema Syndrome “Aagenaes Syndrome”

Meer Ali, MD, Caroline Soyka, MD, Wajeeh Salah, MD, Marina Silveira, MD, Yngve Falck-Ytter, MD, Anthony Post, MD, Ashley Faulx, MD, GI, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC, Cleveland, OH

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) in the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): A Case Report

Dina Kao, MD, Karen Madsen, PhD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

ACG/AstraZeneca Fellow Awards

The ACG/AstraZeneca 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. The American College of Gastroenterology wishes to express its appreciation to AstraZeneca, LP, for its generous support, which makes possible the ACG/AstraZeneca Fellow Awards.

2013 Recipients:

Circulating Cytokines in IBS Subgroups

Orla Craig, MB BCh BAO, Paul Scully, MB, PhD, Eamonn Quigley, MD, FACG, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Incidence of Colorectal Cancer after a Negative Colonoscopy

Larissa Fujii, MD, Siddarth Singh, MD, Seth Sweetser, MD, Louis Wong Kee Song, MD, Harminder Singh, N. Jewel Samadder, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Lack of Pituitary Adenylate-Cyclase Activating Peptide (PACAP) Receptor Leads to Failure of Active Ghrelin Suppression after Feeding

Deepinder Goyal, MD, John Vu, BS, Joseph Pisegna, MD, Patrizia Germano, MD, CURE: UCLA/VA Digestive Disease Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, West Los Angeles VA, Los Angeles, CA

Cost Effectiveness of Competing Strategies for Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection

Gauree Konijeti, MD, MPH, Jenny Sauk, MD, Mark Shrime, MD, MPH, Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

A Model Based on Changes in Serum Amylase Levels during the First Two Days of Admission Predicts Severity of Acute Pancreatitis (AP)

Arthi Kumaravel, MD, Tyler Stevens, MD, FACG, Georgios Papachristou, MD, Venkata Muddana, MD, Amit Bhatt, MD, Peter Lee, MD, MBChB, Jordan Holmes, MD, Rocio Lopez, MPH, MS, David Whitcomb, MD, PhD, FACG, Mansour Parsi, MD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Effects of the Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt on Portal Vein Thrombosis in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis

Jamak Modaresi Esfeh, MD, Mohamad Hanouneh, MD, Kianoush Ansari Gilani, MD, Ibrahim Hanouneh, MD, Nizar Zein, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, University Hospitals-Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

A Novel Sleep Assist Device Prevents Gastroesophageal Reflux: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Erik Person, MD, MS, Janice Freeman, RN, Christopher Rife, Aaron Clark, Donald Castell, MD, MACG, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, Amenity Health, Inc., San Diego, CA

Repeat Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Celiac Plexus Block and Neurolysis: What Is the Efficacy and Safety?

Michael Sey, MD, Mohammad Al-Haddad, MBBS, MSc, John DeWitt, MD, FACG, Julia LeBlanc, MD, MPH, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN

Is Second Look for Staging of Newly Diagnosed Esophageal Cancer Necessary?

Amanpal Singh, MD, MS, Abhik Bhattacharya, MD, Harshad Ladha, MBBS, Somashekar Krishna, MD, William Ross, MD, Manoop Bhutani, MD, FACG, Jaffer Ajani, MD, Jeffrey Lee, MD, FACG, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Assessing Physician-Patient Communication and Shared Decision-making Skills in IBD Patient Care

Martin Wolff, MD, Sophie Balzora, MD, Sita Chokhavatia, MD, FACG, Brijen Shah, MD, Michael Poles, MD, PhD, Sondra Zabar, MD, Elizabeth Weinshel, MD, FACG, Lisa Malter, MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, New York, NY