International GI Training Grant Award

2019 International GI Training Grant Award

The International GI Training Grant provides partial financial support to physicians outside of the United States and Canada to receive clinical or clinical research training or education in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in selected medical training centers in North America. The funding is provided so that an individual can acquire or develop new cognitive knowledge or a technical skill. This newly acquired knowledge or skill would then be used to improve patient care in the applicant’s geographic area.

The amount of the grant will not exceed $10,000, and is to be used for travel to and from the training center and to the ACG Annual Meeting as well as for incidental expenses related to the training. A travel grant may or may not be awarded in any given year.


Physicians who are not citizens of nor are currently residing in the United States or Canada, and who are working in gastroenterology or related areas are eligible to apply together with his/her training institution. The training period must be for at least 6 months and must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.


Applicants must submit a completed application form, a personal statement that summarizes the reasons and objectives of additional training, a curriculum vitae, copies of all published articles and abstracts within the last five years, and a completed application form from the host training center. Three letters of recommendation are also required — one from the training preceptor/director; one from an ACG Fellow; and another from a person of your choosing.

Applicants are responsible for selecting a host training center who will voluntarily agree to participate in the program. The host training center must be able to accomplish the training goals and must complete the host training center application. ACG is not be responsible for any additional financial obligation to the preceptor of the GI training program.

The International GI Training Grant of the College must be mentioned in any publication(s) generated by the awardee and host training center through this program. At completion of the training, the awardee must submit a written summary (critique, educational experience) to ACG.

Application Forms

International GI Training Grant Application Form
Host Training Center Application Form

All applications must be submitted in PDF file format by email to Maria Susano at by March 29, 2019.

Review Process

The ACG International Relations Committee will select one awardee, subject to Board approval, based upon the applicant’s credentials, the merit of the proposed training by the selected host training center and the potential of enhancing the field of gastroenterology in the applicant’s home country.

Applicants will be notified after July 1, 2019 with funding to begin after July 2019. Questions regarding this program should be sent to Maria Susano at

Past Recipients of the International GI Training Grant:

Year Recipient Country Training Center/Area of Training
2017 Irina Cazacu, MD Romania UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Oncologic Aspects of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
2016 Sally A. Bampoh, MD Ghana Mayo Clinic Rochester
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
2015 Piyush Somani, MD India Florida Hospital, Center for Interventional Endoscopy
Advanced ERCP, Cholangioscopy and EUS
2014 Oriol Sendino-Garcia, MD Spain California Pacific Medical Center
Interventional endoscopy
2013 Salome Bandoh, MD Ghana Mayo Clinic Rochester
Infectious diarrhea and data
2012 Wiriyaporn Ridtitid, MD
About her experience
Thailand Indiana University
2011 Nikhil Anil Nadkarni, MD India Mayo Clinic Rochester
Acute Pancreatitis
2010 Avelyn Kwok, MD Australia Medical University of South Carolina
Advanced EUS procedures
2009 Andres Duarte Rojo, MD Mexico University of Toronto, University Health Network
Clinical hepatology
2008 Ling Yi Zhang, MD, MS China Carolinas Medical Center and University of North Carolina
Chronic hepatology; B&C
2007 Ian Homer Y. Cua, MD Philippines Columbia University Medical Center
Transplant hepatology
2006 Alberto Rubio Tapia, MD Mexico Mayo Clinic
Celiac disease
2005 Aldo Javier Montano-Loza, MD Mexico Mayo Clinic
Autoimmune hepatitis
2004 Ender Fakioglu, MD Turkey University of Kansas
Gastrenterology/health care service quality
2003 Kyoto Ito, MD Japan Baylor College of Medicine
H. pylori in hepatocarcinogenesis
2002 Ratha-korn Vilaichone, MD Thailand Baylor College of Medicine
H. pylori and gastroenterology
2001 Mohamed El Sadany, MD Egypt University of Texas Medical Branch
2000 Harshad C. Devarbhavi, MD India Mayo Clinic
Gastroenterology and hepatology
1999 Marko Duvnjak, MD Croatia Medical College of Virginia
1998 Eliza Maria de Brito, MD Brazil The Graduate Hospital
1997 Jan Gunnar Hatlebakk, MD Norway The Graduate Hospital
Marisa Fonseca Magalhaes, MD Brazil University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Sri Prakash Misra, MD India Mayo Clinic
1996 Dervis Bandres, MD Venezuela Georgetown University School of Medicine
Orsolya I. Halmos, MD Hungary Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Issa Marie Nigl Navarrete, MD Mexico University of Miami
Rajko Ostojic, MD Croatia Medical College of Virginia
Seren Ozenirler, MD Turkey Baylor College of Medicine
Shayong Yu, MD China Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
1995 Lars Aabakken, MD Norway Medical University of South Carolina
Carlos Midrani Boyle, MD Mexico University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
I. Soykan, MD Turkey University of Virginia
J. Woo, MD Korea Baylor College of Medicine

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