2-27-2015 3-44-00 PMThe American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) announces the winners of the first annual SCOPY Award (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) to recognize the achievements ACG members in their community engagement, education, and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention.

“We received a range of outstanding submissions in various forms and categories such as campaigns and events, educational activities, awareness walks, fun runs, a spin-a-thon, infographics and other patient education materials, multi-channel public awareness activities, , examples of effective radio, news and print media outreach, patient awareness videos, and other unique activities aimed at raising awareness of colorectal cancer, “ said Jordan J. Karlitz, MD, Chair, ACG Public Relations Committee, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tulane Cancer Center, New Orleans, LA.

Twenty-three winners were selected by a panel of three judges that included Dr. Karlitz, Patricia L. Raymond, MD, FACG, Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Practitioner, Gastrointestinal Consultants, LTD, Norfolk, VA and John D. Wysocki, MD, GI Fellow, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.scopyMORE
“All of these submissions demonstrated the outstanding creativity and commitment by gastroenterologists and their colleagues to spread the potentially life-saving message of the importance of colorectal cancer screening and prevention,” noted ACG President Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG.

The winners were  honored at a reception at ACG Annual Scientific Meeting in Honolulu on Sunday, October 18 and in a special SCOPY Booklet.

Access the booklet.

scopySCOPY AWARDS for 2015


  • Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

The Grand SCOPY is the highest honor among the SCOPY recipients and recognizes the most innovative and multi-faceted integrated communications program that represents what can and should be done to raise colorectal cancer awareness.

 Multi-Channel Colorectal Cancer Awareness

  • GRAND SCOPY/ Best Multi-Channel Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign by a University

Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

  • Best Multi-Channel Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign by a Private GI Practice

Central Illinois Endoscopy Center (Peoria, IL)

  • Best Coordinated Community Campaign by a Private GI Practice

Digestive Care of Evansville (Evansville, IN)

  • Best Original Communication Campaign by a Private GI Practice

Gastroenterology Associates, LLC (Baton Rouge, LA)


  • Best Community Service Delivery
    • GIVEBACK CAMPAIGN – GI Associates and Endoscopy Center (Jackson, MS)
  • Best Initiative by an ACG Governor
    • 80% by 2018 Pledge for Colon Cancer Screening, West Virginia Governor’s Proclamation— Nitesh Ratnakar, MD, FACG, ACG Governor (Elkins, WV)
  • Best Public Health Intervention for Targeted Community
    • Gender and Ethnicity-Based Intervention to Raise Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness in Asian Indian Community— Bhaumik Brahmbhatt, MBBS, Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Best Original Tactic
    • Colon Cancer Awareness License Plate – Samuel C. Pace, MD, FACG (Tupelo, MS)
  • Best Call-to-Action
    • Make that Call for Colon Cancer Screening Campaign—The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center, submitted by Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, FACG (New York, NY)

 GI Fellows-in-Training

Best Video by a GI Fellow-in-Training (Two Tied for First Place)

Colon Cancer Awareness: Let’s Spread the Word— Khadija H. Chaudrey, MD, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (Oklahoma City, OK)

Voices from Our Community: Colon Cancer Screening — Evelyn Marquez-Mello, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)


  • Best Infographic From a GI Fellow-in-Training
    • You Follow Signs for Road Safety. Would You Follow Signs for Your Health and Safety? – Bhaumik Brahmbhatt, MBBS, Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Best Infographic From an Institution
    • 7 Myths About Colonoscopy; Colon Cancer Infographic — Cleveland Clinic Foundation, submitted by Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG (Cleveland, OH)
  • Best Infographic From a Private GI Practice
    • Get Behind Screening— Gastroenterology Associates, LLC (Baton Rouge, LA)


  • Best Colon Cancer Awareness Art
    • Colon Polyp Poem— Eli Kuga, MD, Central Illinois Endoscopy Center (Peoria, IL)

Best Patient Education Brochure, Flyer or Website

  •  BowelPrepGuide.com — Ajumobi Adewale, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio, Texas)


See SCOPY Awards Booklet and the ACG Blog (acgblog.org) for more details on the winning entries. Winning video entries can be viewed on the ACG YouTube Channel.

SCOPY reception