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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2020 ACG Edgar Achkar
Visiting Professorships

Roy M. Soetikno, MD, FACG
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
January 9-11

Stephen Hanauer, MD, FACG
Geisinger
August 7

John E Pandolfino, MD
Providence-Providence Park Hospital
September 9-10

Paul Kwo, MD, FACG
UC Irvine
September 16

David A. Johnson, MD, MACG
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine
Postponed until later in 2020

Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
Tufts Medical Center
Postponed until later in 2020

Bruce Sands, MD, MS, FACG
University of Kansas Medical Center
Postponed until later in 2020

Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
Allegheny General Hospital
Postponed until later in 2020

David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Postponed until later in 2020

Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina
Postponed until later in 2020

Christina Ha, MD
University of New Mexico
Postponed until later in 2020

2019 ACG Edgar Achkar
Visiting Professorships

Laura E. Raffals, MD, MS, FACG
Creighton University
February 12

Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine November 2020*