About ACG

Nearly 14,500 physicians from 86 countries are members of the ACG. Through annual scientific meetings, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, regional postgraduate training courses and research grants, the ACG provides its members with the most accurate and up-to-date scientific information on digestive health and the etiology, symptomatology and treatment of GI disorders. ACG’s advocacy in the public policy arenas, and the work of the ACG’s 22 committees have made tremendous strides with many premiere accomplishments to improve the future of clinical gastroenterology and the quality of care available to patients with GI conditions and diseases, today. The information exchange and training acquired through College membership provide physicians with the knowledge necessary to offer the most effective patient care and to meet the challenges of today’s changing health care system. For more information about becoming a member, click here.

Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be the pre-eminent professional organization that champions the evolving needs of clinicians in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based, and compassionate health care to gastroenterology patients.

Our mission is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of:

  • Scientific investigation
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Treatment

ACG Strategic Plan 2019
The newly updated ACG Strategic Plan articulates the College’s key priorities and provides a roadmap for the future of the organization. Addressing ACG’s founding principles of Education and support for Clinical Research, the ACG Strategic Plan also offers a comprehensive vision for ACG’s Governance and Administration, Public Policy priorities, commitment to Quality, and the excellence of our Publications and Communications. A new area of focus for the 2019 Strategic Plan is Wellness and Professionalism, in recognition of the substantial work-related pressures to which clinicians are exposed and their impact on the gastroenterology workforce.

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2018-2019 ACG President


Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG

Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, a gastroenterologist and Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota, is the 2018-2019 President of the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Kane is the Chair of Quality within the Mayo Clinic’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, where she is responsible for oversight of all quality improvement projects within the Division, tracking endoscopic quality metrics for the practice, leading annual credentialing reviews, and is an adjunct faculty member to the Mayo Quality Academy.

Dr. Kane received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and M.S. in Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Illinois. After earning her medical degree from Rush Medical College, Dr. Kane completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, and then her fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Kane has a busy clinical practice seeing patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and considers herself a clinician first and foremost. She conducts research in the areas of new therapies, gender-specific issues, and medication adherence. Dr. Kane is also actively engaged in teaching, including the second-year medical students in the Mayo Medical School, the medicine residents on the GI inpatient consult service, and gastroenterology fellows in clinic, on hospital service and in the outpatient endoscopy suite.

A member of the ACG Board of Trustees since 2008, Dr. Kane has served as an officer of the College since 2014. In 2017, she was selected by the ACG President to deliver the David Y. Graham Lecture, “On Becoming a Successful Leader: An Amazing Journey or the Road the Nowhere? Since 2011, Dr. Kane has served on the Board of Directors for the ACG Institute for Clinical Research & Education.  Dr. Kane was Director of the College’s Quality Council from 2012 to 2015.

Her numerous contributions to the work of the College include service as a member of the ACG Educational Affairs Committee (2000-2007), the Women in Gastroenterology Committee (2000-2005, Chair, 2005-2008), and the Finance & Budget Committee (2013-2014.) She pioneered ACG’s Fellows Mentoring Program in 2010 and continues to participate as a mentor. Dr. Kane has a longstanding commitment to career development for GI fellows-in-training, first serving as Faculty for the North American Conference of GI Fellows in 2003, then serving as Chair from 2005 to 2017. In 2007, Dr Kane organized and hosted the first Networking and Negotiation Skills Workshop to fill a need in this area. In 2017, along with Dr. David Rubin, she developed and serves as course Co-Director for ACG’s IBD School.

She has co-edited a pocket guide on management of IBD for practitioners and written a book for patients on self-management. She is the Past Chair of the National Patient Education Committee for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. She served as the first female Associate Editor for Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and continues to serve editorial roles for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, and the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis. Dr. Kane sits on the GI Specialty Council of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has contributed over 135 papers of original research, 50 reviews, and 25 book chapters to the medical literature.

Her hobbies include writing haiku, being commissioner for a fantasy football league, and standup comedy.

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2018-2019 Board of Trustees




Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN



Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
Director, Division of Gastroenterology
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, NY

Vice President


David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG
Director of Clinical Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, NY



Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG
Charlottesville Gastroenterology Associates
Director of Endoscopy, Martha Jefferson Hospital
Charlottesville, VA



Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Chief of Gastroenterology, The Miriam Hospital
Gastroenterology Associates, Inc.
Providence, RI

Immediate Past President


Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG
Chief Medical Officer
John Muir Health
Walnut Creek, CA

Past President


Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
Director, Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention
Head, Section of Polyposis, Sanford R. Weiss, MD Center for Hereditary Colorectal Neoplasia
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Colorectal Surgery and Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Director, ACG Institute


Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Director, Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC

Chair, Board of Governors


Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG
East Bay Center For Digestive Health
Oakland, CA

Vice Chair, Board of Governors


Patrick E. Young, MD, FACG
Division of Gastroenterology
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD

Trustee for Administrative Affairs


Delbert L. Chumley, MD, FACG
Partner, Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Co-Editor, AJG


Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
Senior Associate Consultant
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL

Co-Editor, AJG


Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
Professor of Medicine and Public Health, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Health System
Director, Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE)
Los Angeles, CA



Jean-Paul Achkar, MD, FACG
Staff Physician
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH


William D. Chey, MD, FACG
Professor of Medicine
H. Marvin Pollard Institute Scholar
Director, GI Physiology Laboratory
Co-Director, Michigan Bowel Control Program
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI


Immanuel K. H. Ho, MD, FACG
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA


Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG
Gastroenterology Assoc. P.A.
Hickory, NC


Paul Y. Kwo, MD, FACG
Professor of Medicine
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA


Jonathan A. Leighton, MD, FACG
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, AZ


Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
Associate Professor of Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Associate Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN


David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
Joseph B. Kirsner Professor of Medicine
Section Chief, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Co-Director, Digestive Diseases Center
The University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, IL


John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director of Endoscopy
Director, Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA


Renee L. Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG
Assistant Professor
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY

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ACG Headquarters

During the first week of February 2005, the American College of Gastroenterology moved into its new national headquarters building located in Bethesda, Maryland. In recognition of the continued outstanding growth in membership and programming, the move is designed to permit the College’s administrative staff to better serve the needs of the organization and its members. The new space provides a significant upgrade in the amount of work-space and will permit the College to meet its administrative staffing needs for the foreseeable future.

The move to increase administrative capacity is an outgrowth of the review of the College’s capabilities and resources that began in 2001 with then President Edgar Achkar’s appointment of a strategic planning committee and culminated with the ratification of the ACG Strategic Plan in 2002. The College’s Board of Trustees believes all members will benefit from an increased level of service and new and exciting programs that build on the ACG’s unique role as champion of clinical gastroenterology.

ACG Headquarters Interior

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75th Anniversary Book

American College of Gastroenterology 1932 – 2007
Seventy-Five Years of Commitment to Clinical Gastroenterology, Gastroenterologists and Patient Health

ACG marked its 75th Anniversary in 2007 and to celebrate our anniversary, we published a book that highlights our history. There is a long list of individuals, members past and present, who contributed to the publication, compiling ACG’s history and various milestones throughout our 75 years. ACG thanks all those individuals who contributed their time to see this book come to fruition. In addition, the Archives Committee put so much of their time into developing this book as well and ACG wishes to recognize the ACG Archive Committee members:

Kevin W. Olden, MD, FACG, Chair
James L. Achord, MD, MACG
V. Alin Botoman, MD, FACG
Mitchell S. Cappell, MD, FACG
Robert E. Kravetz, MD, MACG
Myron Lewis, MD, MACG
Arvey I. Rogers, MD, MACG
Sidney Winawer, MD, MACG
Alvin Zfass, MD, MACG

Committee members want to personally recognize the late Albert C. Svoboda, MD, MACG, who prior to his passing, dedicated a great deal of his time to see this project come to fruition. A special acknowledgement of Dr. Svoboda is included in the book.

PDFs of each chapter may be found below:

Table of Contents, Dedication, Foreword, Acknowledgements and Timeline

Chapter 1: The Founding and the Early Years, 1932 – 1954
Chapter 2: Growth and Maturity
Chapter 3: Making an Impact
Chapter 4: The College Focuses on Practitioners, Public Education, and Practice
Chapter 5: A Decade of Progress (1997 – 2007)
Chapter 6: Winds of Change: Challenging Issues
Chapter 7: Yesterdays, Today, and Tomorrows: Recollections, Reflections, and perspectives from Past Presidents
Chapter 8: Awards and Lectures

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