Providing Noteworthy Speakers for Training in Your Communities

The goal of the ACG Edgar Achkar Visiting Professorship Program, which honors former ACG Institute Director, Edgar Achkar, MD, MACG, is to enable GI fellowship programs to have high-quality visiting professors to bolster the training program by providing lectures, small group discussions, and one-on-one visits with trainees and faculty. You choose the speaker, the Institute covers the travel costs and honorarium.

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the fellows who were very engaging and asked great questions related to IBD and career development. This is an outstanding opportunity to bring in a speaker from outside one’s institution allowing exchange of ideas, professional and career development.
Dr. Laura E. Raffals

How It Works:

The purpose of these visits is to reach a diverse number of programs while aiming to maximize the impact of each visit by targeting GI training programs, which could also leverage an additional community event with local ACG member physicians, sometimes in conjunction with a local gut club. The programs offer expertise for a specific area of need at each institution.

Since the program’s inception in 2014, the Institute has supported more than 63 visits in the U.S. and Canada.

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2021 ACG Edgar Achkar
Visiting Professorships

Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
Atrium Health
March 11

Mohamed O. Othman, MD
University of Miami
March 24

Satish Rao, MD, PhD, FACG
University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester
April 27-28

Douglas Rex, MD, MACP, MACG
Westchester Medical Center
May 19

Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
Allegheny General Hospital
May 27-28

John E. Pandolfino, MD, MSCI, FACG
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
August 17-18

Aline Charabaty, MD, FACG
VA Caribbean Healthcare System
September 22

Christina Ha, MD
University of New Mexico
Postponed until later in 2021

Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
St. Luke’s University Hospital
Postponed until later in 2021