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ASGE announces its 2008-2009 Governing Board

OAK BROOK, Ill. – June 18, 2008 – The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) announces its 2008-2009 Governing Board. The appointees began their service effective May 18. Outgoing President Grace H. Elta, MD, FASGE, of the University of Michigan, turned over the ASGE Presidency to John L. Petrini, MD, FASGE, of the Sansum Clinic Inc., Santa Barbara, Calif. during a ceremony in May at Digestive Disease Week® in San Diego. His term will run through May 2009. Dr. Petrini serves as a staff physician and chief of the department of gastroenterology at the Sansum Clinic, Inc.

“It is an honor to serve as president of ASGE. My job, which I take very seriously, is to ensure that ASGE continues to improve the daily practice of its members, both professionally and for the benefit of their patients,” said Petrini.

As he fulfills his role, Dr. Petrini will focus on the planned expansion of the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T) in Oak Brook, Ill. Started under the leadership of Dr. Elta, the project is planned to include an enhanced hands-on training center, an auditorium, as well as staff headquarters. In addition, the Board will continue the Society’s work to promote quality in endoscopy as well as advance advocacy efforts by encouraging members to become more involved in legislative issues affecting gastroenterologists.

ASGE 2008-2009 Governing Board

John L. Petrini, MD, FASGE
Sansum Clinic, Inc.
Santa Barbara, CA

Jacques Van Dam, MD, PhD, FASGE
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

M. Brian Fennerty, MD, FASGE
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Kenneth K. Wang, MD, FASGE
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN

Thomas M. Deas Jr., MD, FASGE
Gastroenterology Associates of North Texas
Ft. Worth, TX

Grace H. Elta, MD, FASGE
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Gary W. Falk, MD, FASGE
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH

John Baillie, MD, FASGE
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD, FASGE
Georgetown Hospital
Chevy Chase, MD

Douglas O. Faigel, MD, FASGE
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Kenneth R. McQuaid, MD, FASGE
VA Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

Thomas J. Savides, MD, FASGE
University of California, San Diego
Del Mar, CA

Karen Woods, MD, FASGE
The Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX

Foundation Chair
Francis J. Tedesco, MD, FASGE
Augusta, GA


About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Founded in 1941, the mission of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is to be the leader in advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 10,000 physician members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information.

About Endoscopy
Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system. In many cases, screening or treatment of conditions can be delivered via the endoscope without the need for further sedation, treatment or hospital stay.