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The Cook Medical Marsha Dreyer Award

Description and Objective:
The Cook Medical Marsha Dreyer Award provides international trainee members travel expenses up to $2,700 to attend DDW® 2017.


  • Current ASGE international trainee member within five years of completing training
  • First or submitting author on 2017 DDW® abstract
  • There will be up to five awards selected from the approved 2017 DDW® abstracts
  • Case reports will NOT be eligible

ASGE's International Committee will review the applications and make recommendations to the Governing Board, who will make the final decision. Priority will be given to applicants who would otherwise not be able to attend DDW®.

Those who received this award previously are not eligible to reapply.

Submission Process and Deadline
In order for abstracts to be considered for the award, the Cook Medical Marsha Dreyer Award checkbox must be marked on DDW® abstract submission application. There will be five awards selected from approved DDW® 2017 abstracts. The abstracts must be submitted by Tuesday, December 1, 2016 to DDW® (visit regarding abstract submissions). Late submissions will not be considered.


For additional information please contact:

Holly Becker
Assistant Director of International Initiatives
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
3300 Woodcreek Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630.570.5631 (phone)

ASGE gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Cook Medical in creating the Cook Medical Marsha Dreyer Award in memory of the late Marsha Dreyer.

About Ms. Dreyer

Marsha Dreyer was affectionately known as the “regal ambassador” of Cook Medical’s Endoscopy Division, earning that title after three decades of working alongside some of  the leading gastroenterologists in the world. She made it her mission to share her extensive knowledge with others.
Ms. Dreyer began her career in 1970 when she joined Jack Vennes, MD, in his endoscopy practice. One year later, she and Vennes performed the first endoscopic sphincterotomy in the United States. In 1980, she helped co-found the Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Assistants
In 1984, Ms. Dreyer joined Cook’s Endoscopy Division, eventually becoming vice president of International Business Development, a position she held until she retired in 2004.
Ms. Dreyer was passionately committed to the support of continuing education opportunities for GI professionals around the globe. In a fitting tribute to her, Cook Medical is proud to announce that her legacy and her passion will live on with the Cook Medical Marsha Dreyer Award.