A Special Virtual Run/Walk to Benefit ACG Summer Scholars and Celebrate Diversity!

A tradition continues! Be part of the Fourth Annual Diversity in GI Virtual 5K! This virtual event invites ACG members to get outside, run or walk, log their time on a special website, and pose for selfies in race tees, medals, and bibs for social media using #DiversityinGI to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and community in GI and medicine in the weeks leading up to and during the ACG 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting (October 20 to 25, 2023). This year there will be three early morning “fun runs” in Vancouver, see below for all the details.

About the Virtual Race: There is a small registration fee of $39 but, thanks to generous sponsorships from Ironwood and Takeda, proceeds from the event will benefit the ACG Summer Scholars mentorship program for medical students and residents from groups underrepresented in medicine. ACG is working with a virtual race company (goneforarun.com) and race registration includes an elegant medal for all participants. We hope everyone will wear this excellent swag with great pride!

How It Works

Registrants run or walk on their own, log their activity online, take photos in race swag and celebrate via social media using #DiversityinGI in the weeks leading up to and during the ACG 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Note on Logistics: ACG is working with a virtual race company, goneforarun.com, and once you register for the race and pick your tee shirt size, goneforarun.com will ship the tee and medal by U.S. Mail, and you can download and print the race bib.

Benefitting the ACG’s Summer Scholars

This year, the College is so grateful that Ironwood returns as a sponsor for the fourth year, Takeda returns for a second year, and Biocon Biologics dds its sponsorship support! All proceeds will benefit the ACG Summer Scholars mentorship program for medical students and residents from groups underrepresented in medicine. Since 2020, this event raised over $90,000 thanks to generous sponsorships and race registrations. Thank you to our current and former sponsors!

2023 Race Sponsors

The College is deeply grateful to our Race Sponsors as champions of diversity in GI and partners in advancing clinical excellence and patient care. Thank you Ironwood, Takeda and Biocon Biologics!

Calling All Early Birds! Fun Runs at ACG 2023 in Vancouver

There will be four #DiversityinGI “fun runs” in Vancouver during ACG 2023!

  • Saturday, October 21 at 6:45 am PT [Dr. Aasma Shaukat, Leader]
  • Sunday, October 22 at 6:45 am PT [Dr. Dana Lukin & Dr. Reezwana Chowdhury, Co-Leaders]
  • Monday, October 23 at 6:45 am PT [Dr. Matt McNeill, Leader]
  • Tuesday, October 24 at 6:45 am PT [Dr. Millie Long & Dr. Baha Moshiree, Leaders]

Meetup Spot: The ACG #DiversityinGI Fun Run Meetup spot at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building is at the Burrard Street Entrance under the globe.

Burrard Street Entrance of Convention Centre for Fun Run Meetup

Race Chairs

Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG, Chair, ACG Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee; NYU Langone Health

Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG, President & CEO of Wellpoint Maryland (a wholly owned subsidiary of Elevance Health)

Fun Run Team Leaders

Dr Aasma Shaukat headshot
Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG, NYU Langone Health

Dana Lukin, MD, PhD, FACG, Weill Cornell Medicine

Reezwana Chowdhury, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Matthew B. McNeill, MD, NYU Langone Health

Baharak Moshiree, MD, MSc, FACG, Atrium Health, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Millie Headshot
Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selection of Social Media & Photos Celebrating Diversity

Over the years, the enthusiasm and commitment of so many ACG members for the #DiversityinGI virtual 5K were inspiring to witness. The race was a compelling way to rally ACG’s members, their families, their staffs, and GI fellows-in-training for healthy activity, community building, and positive social media engagement.

A Selection of 2020 Social Media Posts Celebrate Diversity

The response to the race in 2020 was stunning and inspiring, and, during the challenges of COVID-19, it was such a ray of hope to bring the GI community together in such a meaningful way. If you want to go down memory lane from 2020, here are some summary slides. Thank you Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Braintree/Sebela Pharmaceuticals for sponsorship!

ACG Public Relations CommitteeACG Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CommitteeACG Board of Trustees
Tauseef Ali, MD, FACG
Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG
David Beswick, MD, FACG
Amanda C. Cheung, MD
Maithili V. Chitnavis, MD
Reezwana Chowdhury, MD
Robin L. Dalal, MD
Mohamad El Zein, MD
Katie A. Falloon, MD
Adam J. Goodman, MD, FACG
Danny Issa, MD
Ankur Jain, MD, FACG
Allon Kahn, MD
Adam C. Lessne, MD
Benjamin H. Levy, III, MD
Scot M. Lewey, DO, FACG
Phillip Lindholm, MD
Dana J. Lukin, MD, PhD, FACG
Farah Monzur, MD, FACG
Sajan Jiv Nagpal, MD
Neilanjan Nandi, MD
Linda Ahn Nguyen, MD
Linda Anh B. Nguyen, MD, FACG
Anjana Pillai, MD, FACG
Atoosa Rabiee, MD
Francisco C. Ramirez, MD, FACG
Shawn Shah, MD
Tyson Sievers, MD
Pooja Singhal, MD, FACG
Joshua A. Sloan, DO
David W. Victor MD, FACG
Jamile Wakim-Fleming, MD, FACG

Abdillahi M. Abdinoor, MD
Suha Abushamma, MD
Tonya L. Adams, MD
Somaya A.M. Albhaisi, MD
Cassidy Alexandre, MD
Mazer R. Ally, MD, FACG
Adjoa N. Anyane-Yeboa, MD
Sumant Arora, MD
Fray M. Arroyo-Mercado, MD
Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG
Victor Chedid, MD
Lanla Conteh, MD
Kalpit H. Devani, MD
Erina. N. Foster, MD, FACG
Cassandra D. Fritz, MD
Venu Gangireddy, MD
Lafaine Grant, MD
Damanpreet K. Grewal, MD
Vineet S. Gudsoorkar, MD
Alexandra Guillaume, MD
Nour Hamade, MD
Dominique E. Howard, MD, FACG
Daniel S. Jamorabo, MD
Alyson M. Johnson, MD
Olufemi Kassim, MD
Gordon Kim, DO
Kondal R Kyanam Kabir Baig, MD, FACG
Adam C. Lessne, MD
Zubair A. Malik, MD
Jose R. Martin, MD, FACG
Tracey Martin, MD
Barani S. Mayilvaganan, MD, FACG
Matthew B McNeill, MD
Cecilia Minano, MD
Jose M. Nieto, DO, FACG
Luis Miguel Nieto, MD
Kenneth O. Obi, MD
Leybelis Padilla, MD
Krunal Patel, MD
Sonali Paul, MD, MS
Stephanie D. Pointer, MD
Maricela Rangel-Garcia, MD
Vonda G. Reeves, MD, MBA, FACG
Benjamin D. Renelus, MD
Nicolette J. Rodriguez, MD
Dalbir S. Sandhu, MD, FACG
Abhishek Seth, MD, FACG
Kevin Y Song, MD
Belen A. Tesfaye, MD
Nyree K. Thorne, MD
Shifa Umar, MD
Kenneth J. Vega, MD, FACG
Vaibhav Wadhwa, MD
Christina P Wang, MD
Shani H. Woolard, MD
Neena S. Abraham, MD, MSc (Epi), MACG
Jean-Paul Achkar, MD, FACG
Jasmohan S. Bajaj, MD, MS, FACG
William D. Chey, MD, FACG
Sita S. Chokhavatia, MD, MACG
Dayna S. Early, MD, FACG
David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG
Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG
David J. Hass, MD, FACG
Immanuel K. H. Ho, MD, FACG
James C. Hobley, MD, MSc, FACG
Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG
Jonathan A. Leighton, MD, FACG
Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG
Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG
Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG
Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, MACG
Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG
Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG
Renee L. Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG
Patrick E. Young, MD, FACG

About the #DiversityinGI Social Media Campaign

Diversity and inclusion in gastroenterology and medicine are the focus of ACG’s social media campaign launched in April 2019 by the ACG Public Relations Committee in collaboration with the ACG Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion under the leadership of Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG and Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG, who are the respective committee chairs.

The campaign aims to increase visibility of and promote diversity and inclusion within gastroenterology through the #DiversityinGI hashtag. The primary goals of the campaign are to motivate students and postgraduate trainees who aspire to a career in the GI field and enrich the pipeline of trainees and providers from underrepresented populations.

Upon its launch, the campaign generated an immediate wave of photos and personal reflections by U.S. gastroenterologists and colleagues around the world, as well as coverage by Healio Gastroenterology and Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.

Beginning in 2019, the College partners with pediatric colleagues from NASPGHAN to engage new fellows and celebrate the diversity of incoming trainees in gastroenterology by reaching out to GI program directors and engaging via social media at the start of the academic year on July 1st.

Mentions of the #DiversityinGI campaign have been included in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology and the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, as well as a recent article in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, “Improving Diversity and Inclusion in GI,” co-authored by Dr. Balzora, Dr. Gray, and Dr. Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa.

  • Read more about the campaign HERE.