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2018 SCOPY: Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) announces the winners of the 2018 SCOPY Awards (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) to recognize the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention.

“This year, a total of 24 SCOPY Awards will be presented to an outstanding slate of CRC awareness champions,” said Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG, Chair, ACG Public Relations Committee, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY. The initiatives “demonstrated a relentless commitment to community service, a penchant for witty taglines, a focus on quality and public health intervention, a clear commitment to the power of partnership, and dedication to awareness even in the wake of disaster,” she added.

The winning projects were selected by judges Dr. Balzora and Joseph P. Kingsbery, MD, of the NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY.

“We are so grateful to everyone who dedicated their time and energy to imagining, planning and executing these colorectal cancer awareness programs,” said ACG President Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG, John Muir Health, Walnut Creek, CA.

The winners will be honored at the SCOPY Awards Ceremony & Workshop on Sunday, October 7, at 3:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time (Room 120A, Pennsylvania Convention Center) and in the 2018 SCOPY Awards Booklet.


*Details of the awards can be found in the 2018 SCOPY Awards Booklet.*


SCOPY Awards for 2018

  • Best Bowel Prep Video
    Adewale B. Ajumobi, MD, Rancho Mirage, CA
    Instructive Video on How to Use Bowel Cleansing Agents


  • Best Community Service Delivery and Comprehensive Community Education Initiative by a Health System
    Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, PA
    Screening Saturdays at Eight Centers, Promotion at Sporting Events, Turning Pittsburgh Blue


  • SCOPY Consistent Creativity & Commitment Award
    Connecticut GI: Farmington, Glastonbury, Hartford, New Britain, New London, Norwich,
    and Torrington, CT
    Creativity and Originality Defined in Annual Dress in Blue Day Themes


  • Best Video by GI Fellows-in-Training
    The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Greater New York Chapter, Fellows’ Committee,
    New York, NY
    “True or Poo,” A CRC Quiz Game with Patients


  • Best Social Media Impact for a Coordinated Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign
    Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Columbus, OH
    Multi-Faceted Community Service & Education Initiative Supported by Social Media


  • Best Original Tactic
    GI Associates & Endoscopy Center and Reed B. Hogan II, MD, Flowood, MS
    Plastic Butts Highlight First “Butts and Guts” 5K Race


  • Best Community Service Delivery by a Private GI Practice
    GI Associates & Endoscopy Center and Reed B. Hogan II, MD, Flowood, MS
    60 Colonoscopies Provided


  • Best Call-to-Action
    Jack Goldstein, MD, FACG, and Rancocas Endoscopy Unit, Cooper Digestive Health Institute-Willingboro, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Willingboro, NJ
    Wallop the Polyp


  • Best Initiative to Address Health Care Disparities
    Jack Goldstein, MD, FACG, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Rancocas Endoscopy Unit, Cooper Digestive Health Institute-Willingboro, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Willingboro, NJ
    The Burlington County Barbershop Initiative


  • Best Spanish Language Video
    Ronald K. Hsu, MD, FACG, Capitol Gastroenterology Consultants, Roseville, CA
    3-2-1 Hágase la Prueba! Concciencia del Cáncer de Colon (“3-2-1 Take the Test! Colon Cancer Awareness”)


  • Best Multi-Channel Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign by GI Fellows
    Jessica Sterling, MD, Jonathan I. Gotfried, MD, Jessica Briscoe, MD, and Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
    Owls for Bowels


  • Best Initiative to Advance “80% by 2018” Goal
    John Muir Health, Walnut Creek, CA
    Pushing Toward 80% by 2018 and Beyond


  • Best Public Health Intervention for a Targeted Community
    Koosh Desai, MD, Medical College of Georgia, Minesh Mehta, MD, University of Louisville, Augusta, GA, and Louisville, KY
    Georgia Colon Cancer Prevention Project


  • Best Coordinated Community Campaign & SCOPY Healthy Living Award
    Licking Memorial Health Systems, Newark, OH
    Efforts Large and Small, Including Focus on High-Fiber Diet


  • Best in Blue
    NYU Division of Gastroenterology, New York, NY
    NYU Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Campaign


  • Best Community Media Outreach
    Praveen Guturu, MD, FACG, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston,
    Galveston, TX
    Dispelling Myths about Colonoscopy in Newspaper Column


  • Best Coordinated Community Health Intervention
    Sita S. Chokhavatia, MD, MACG, and The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
    13 Awareness Events in Early 2018


  • SCOPY Quality Improvement Award
    Sital Singh, MD, Sooraj Tejaswi, MD, MSPH, FACG, Hershan Johl, MD, Brent Vickers, Kari L. Hazard, Traci Pochardt, Christopher Pacheco, Emily Jing, Everardo Ramirez, RN, UC Davis Gastroenterology, Sacramento, CA
    Optimizing Inpatient Bowel Prep and Improving GI Lab Efficiency


  • Best Multi-Channel Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign by a Private GI Practice
    Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, Southlake, TX
    Spreading Awareness In and Out of the Office, on the Air, and Online


  • Best Hashtag
    The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY


  • Most Far-Reaching and Impactful Initiative
    Veterans Health Administration, Jason A. Dominitz, MD, MHS, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and Douglas J. Robertson, MD, MPH, VA New England Health Care System, Seattle, WA, and White River Junction, VT
    Radio Tour Reaches Nearly 25 Million Listeners


  • SCOPY Fighting Colorectal Cancer in the Face of Disaster Award
    Victor J. Colon, MD, FACG, Instituto Digestivo de Puerto Rico, Caguas, PR
    Maintaining the Spirit of CRC Awareness


  • SCOPY Spirit of Collaboration Award
    Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG, Chair, ACG Legislative and Public Policy Council, Arkansas Gastroenterology, North Little Rock, AR
    Partnering for CRC Awareness


  • Best Coordinated Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign and Creative Group Photo by a Private GI Practice
    Winchester Gastroenterology Associates, Winchester, VA
    A Human CRC Awareness Ribbon