Crystal Awards

Sunday, May 3, 2020
Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier
Chicago, Illinois
6:15 PM Reception
7:30 PM Dinner and Program
After-party immediately following
Early bird reservation rate is $375 on or before April 13

Honorees

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 Rudolf V. Schindler Award
 Kenneth K. Wang, MD, FASGE

The honor of receiving the Schindler Award is only surpassed by the gratitude that I feel for the many individuals that have helped me in so many different ways to achieve the success I have had in the endoscopy arena. I remember being in the audience for many ASGE award ceremonies admiring the giants that received this prestigious award in the past and thinking about all the great endoscopic achievements they had accomplished. In my own case, I can only think of how lucky I am to have been in the right place, the Mayo Clinic, at the right time with so many accomplished endoscopists and researchers, and having the right encouragement of my mentors, my parents, and my wife to achieve my goals. The Schindler Award to me represents what even an immigrant can achieve in this country if they are given the opportunity. It is truly a privilege to be given this award by my colleagues in the ASGE. I have always valued our organization and most importantly the members who make up the greatest gastrointestinal endoscopy society in the world. 

Kenneth Wang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and immigrated to the United States as a small child with his parents. He grew up in Lansing, Michigan and had the great fortune of attending the University of Michigan (Go Blue, like last year’s Schindler Awardee Grace Elta). After medical school in Michigan, Ken arrived for Internal Medicine residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he remained for Gastroenterology fellowship. Ken was fortunate to obtain a staff position at Mayo and has remained ever since. Ken is quite fortunate to have met the love of his life, Ruth Larsen, in Minnesota where they established their home. He was also lucky to have been trained by Christopher Gostout who was the hero in endoscopy and was able to join his fledgling bleeding team and therapeutic laser endoscopy practice. These experiences led him to develop an interest in Barrett’s esophagus and help to develop diagnostic tools such as confocal laser endomicroscopy, volume laser endomicroscopy, and molecular imaging as well as therapeutic techniques including photodynamic therapy, radiofrequency ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection, and endoscopic submucosal dissection through funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Ken is very grateful to the ASGE for helping him develop so many friendships in the GI community that allowed him to learn about novel technologies and methods to investigate them.

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 Michelle A. Anderson, MD, MSc, FASGE

Dr. Anderson attended Wayne State University School of Medicine (1989-1993) and completed a residency in Internal Medicine (1993-1996) and fellowship in Gastroenterology (1996-1999) at the University of Michigan. In 2005, she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research and Statistics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Anderson joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013. Her research and clinical career is focused on gastrointestinal disease with a specific concentration on pancreatic diseases including chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Using advanced endoscopy techniques including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography she cares for the full spectrum of benign and malignant pancreatic disorders. Dr. Anderson successfully completed an NIH-sponsored study centered on the discovery and validation of minimally invasive clinical biomarkers for the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Currently, she serves as the Physician Lead for the Interventional Endoscopy team at UM and the co-Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Multidiscipline Pancreatic Tumor Board.

On a national level, Dr. Anderson has served on the Standards of Practice Committee for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for five years and in 2016 completed a three year term as the Chair of the ASGE Institute for Training Technology Committee. Dr. Anderson also completed her term as Counselor on the ASGE Governing Board. She remains active with ASGE and is currently co-leading the Diagnostic EUS Training Program that was launched in 2019. She speaks regularly on topics of pancreatic diseases and teaches advanced endoscopic techniques nationally and internationally. In the arena of chronic pancreatitis, Dr. Anderson led the development of National Guidelines in the care of patients with painful chronic pancreatitis. Additional work in this field include the publication of three peer-reviewed papers focused on pain, chronic pancreatitis and EUS including two of which involved a multi-center prospective cohort study of patients with chronic pancreatitis.

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 Jerome D. Waye, MD, FASGE

When I went to my first ASGE meeting at what was to become DDW, the big debate was whether anybody could see the duodenal bulb with the fiberoptic gastroscope and at the same time, being berated by members of the AGA who did not consider endoscopists as cognitive physicians. As the ASGE has grown in stature and in the enlarging membership where every gastroenterologist is now an endoscopist, I am vindicated in my full embracement of endoscopy where I never treated irritable bowel nor chronic constipation. This award, given for long service to the ASGE and to the betterment of endoscopy is a wonderful cap to a fufilling career. I am overwhelmed at having been nominated for and having received this honor. My work has been my life and this is a great recognition from the ASGE.

Dr. Jerome D. Waye was born in Shanghai China and came to live in Kankakee, Illinois when he was five years old and later moved to New Jersey until attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While at MIT he was the coxswain of the crew team which won every race in his senior year and then won their event at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. He went on to attend Boston University Medical School where he was on scholarship and worked three jobs: one was on the Third Surgical Service at Boston City Hospital where he arose at 4:30 each morning to draw blood on 60 surgical patients. In the evening he worked in the laboratory at Deaconess Hospital and at a private mental infirmary.

He came to New York for internship and residency as well as a G.I. Fellowship and has stayed at Mount Sinai Hospital ever since. During his G.I. fellowship, fiberoptic instruments were acquired but the teachers of rigid instruments paid them little attention. In the next three years advances in technology overcame the two instructors of rigid procedures who resigned and Dr. Waye became the new chief of endoscopy as fiberoptic scopes completely replaced the rigid instruments. Following completion of training he went into private practice but remained chief of endoscopy for over 20 years. Dr. Waye developed an interest in colonoscopy when those instruments first came out and also in ERCP. Dr. Waye traveled to Japan to learn how to do ERCP and came back to perfect the technique and then introduced this procedure to New York where he traveled on weekends around the city to teach ERCP at various hospitals. When the era of therapeutic ERCP began, Dr. Waye made a decision that he would rather perform colonoscopy and devoted himself to that technique.

During 51 years in private practice, he developed techniques that circumvented the need for fluoroscopic imaging during colonoscopy and various new approaches to the performance of colonoscopy and polypectomy. While in private practice, he wrote seven books including the major text on colonoscopy and became a professor of medicine. Dr. Waye has written over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and has lectured and participated in live endoscopy demonstrations in every continent with the exception of Antarctica. He has been made an honorary member of seven gastroenterology and endoscopy societies. In his spare time, he pursued an interest in magic and was often the evening entertainment at international GI conferences. Dr. Waye has been president of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gastroenterology and more recently, the World Endoscopy Organization. He was a founding member of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and served as its president. He was also president of the Mount Sinai Alumni Association and received its highest honor, the Gold Headed Cane Award. He has been given the highest honor of the ASGE and the ACG, the Schindler Award and the Weiss Award, respectively. Dr. Waye joined the full time staff of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 5 years ago and developed the Center for Advanced Colonoscopy and Therapeutic Endoscopy at Sinai (CACTES). He retired from practice on the last day of 2019. This year, he has traveled to Ethiopia to teach colonoscopy and to Uganda to introduce endoscopy techniques. He has also given lectures in Brazil on polypectomy, his favorite subject. He is continuing to teach at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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 Distinguished Educator Award
 Brenna W. Casey, MD, FASGE

A highlight of my career has been the opportunity to teach medical students, residents, GI fellows and peers. There is no greater professional honor for me than ASGE Distinguished Educator. My love for teaching was ignited by my first mentors in gastroenterology at the University of South Alabama: Dr. Jack DiPalma and Dr. Jorge Herrera and my senior teaching fellow, Dr. Mike Levy. For my continued career and professional development, I was privileged to train under the tutelage of Dr. David Carr-Locke, Dr. Jacques Van Dam and Dr. John Saltzman at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dr. William Brugge, Dr. Peter Kelsey and Dr. Robert Schapiro at the Massachusetts General Hospital. My mentors shared their selfless passion for fostering both endoscopic and teaching prowess in their apprentices and I am honored to carry on the tradition of excellence they have established. I am grateful to the ASGE for the many opportunities to both learn with treasured colleagues and to teach. Nothing gives me greater joy than to accept this award in honor of my loving husband, Peter and our 6 children.

Dr. Casey has served as Endoscopic Training Director at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 15 years, where she continues to supervise and coordinate endoscopic training for GI fellows. In this role, she primarily prioritizes the learning needs of the Digestive Healthcare Center but continually seeks opportunities to work across departments, centers, and disciplines to expand interprofessional education and collaborative practice.   

Together with her colleagues, Dr. Peter Kelsey and Dr. William Brugge, she developed the DAVE Project. The DAVE Project was conceived as a not-for-profit; free for use, no password required, peer-reviewed, and educational web site that contained an extensive collection (over 400 entries) of narrated video endoscopic clips, Clinical Grand Rounds and Journal Club PowerPoint presentations, as well as a pathology slide box. She was honored to receive three ASGE Audio Visual Awards with her colleagues for work developing this project. Material from the DAVE Project has subsequently been used in other major teaching projects in the field of Gastroenterology such as the Digestive Disease Self-Assessment Program (AGA), the Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Self-Assessment Program (ASGE) and the Gastroenterology Teaching Project (AGA) as well as major textbooks such as Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastroenterology. 

In the early days of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s Institute for Training and Technology, she was privileged to serve on the ITT Board and shared in oversight to set the course calendar for all interactive and hands-on training courses. Dr. Casey has served as lecturer, hands-on instructor, course director and co-director for many ASGE courses as well as moderating many ASGE sessions. She continues to be inspired by the great educational work conducted by the members of the ASGE and the ASGE ITT Center.

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 Distinguished Endoscopic Research Mentoring Award 
 Marcia Irene Canto, MD, MHS, FASGE

Mentoring the current and next generation of researchers and leaders who become successful and mentor others has been so rewarding. Being a “work mom” is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my career. I am absolutely honored and thrilled to receive this award in honor of my supportive husband Francis and son Miguel, and my own mentors Mike Sivak, Amitabh Chak, and Tony Kalloo. Thanks, too, to the ASGE for being a key part of my professional growth all these years.

Marcia (aka Mimi) was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. After graduating summa cum laude at the University of the Philippines Medical School in 1985, she completed her medical residency at the State University of New York/Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn before moving to Baltimore to train in gastroenterology. She received the 1993 ASGE Advanced Endoscopic Training Scholarship. After advanced therapeutic endoscopy training fellowship in Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, she returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1996 as the first woman director of therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasonography, quickly achieving international recognition as an academic endoscopist in a male-dominated subspecialty. She has served on the ASGE Informatics, EUS and Audio-Visual, Program, and Postgraduate Education committees. She is a fellow of the ASGE. She received the ASGE endoscopic research scholar award and Takeda research award. She has directed several ASGE educational programs, including the DDW postgraduate course, EUS and Barrett’s esophagus courses. She was promoted to professor of medicine and oncology in 2011 as a clinical investigator, program builder, mentor, and clinician. She received the Miller-Coulson Academy Award for Clinical Excellence in 2014.

Mimi initiated multiple important clinical programs at Johns Hopkins, including the most recent Heartburn Center of Excellence. Her research involves therapeutic endoscopy, endoscopic imaging, endoscopic ultrasonography, and endoscopic therapies for GERD. She has participated in over a dozen national expert advisory panels, working groups, and think tanks. She has published > 200 peer reviewed papers and > 50 invited papers, editorials, consensus guidelines, and online review articles. Her H-index is 73, with >19,000 citations of her papers. She is a world authority on Barrett’s esophagus, advanced endoscopic imaging techniques, and endoscopic eradication therapies for GI neoplasia. She has also served as the program leader in local, national, and international efforts for pancreatic cancer screening in high risk individuals. Most importantly, she has served as a mentor and role model for dozens of residents, fellows, and faculty over her 23-year academic career, including nine female therapeutic endoscopists.

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 Master Endoscopist Award

 Amrita Sethi, MD, FASGE

I am profoundly grateful and humbled to receive the ASGE Master Endoscopist Award and to join a group of outstanding endoscopists who have exemplified excellence in our field. While I am, internally, extremely proud of my achievements and commitment to my work, this honor serves a welcome validation by my colleagues in the endoscopic community, and helps fuel my drive to continue to pursue advancement in my skills and to mentor others. And though this award is bestowed on me for my work, I feel that it is actually the most fitting tribute to those who have helped shape me into the endoscopist I am today. In accepting it I thank my mentors, including those who continue to guide me along my journey and those are who are no longer with us; my colleagues and friends who help support me through difficult moments and encourage me to pursue my goals; my fellows who inspire me to always continue to educate myself; and my patients who, in entrusting me with their care, help drive my deep passion for excellence in endoscopy and innovation. And, of course, many thanks to the ASGE.

Amrita Sethi started her career in GI and endoscopy at MCV/VCU in Richmond, VA where she completed GI fellowship in 2007, followed by her Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship at the University of Colorado. She joined the Interventional Endoscopy service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in 2008, where she now is an Associate Professor and Director Interventional Endoscopy, as well as Program Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship. Since starting at CUIMC, she has mentored over 17 interventional endoscopy fellows, participated in numerous collaborative studies in ERCP and cholangioscopy, interventional EUS, endoscopic resection and third space endoscopy; and authored papers and reviews on these topics.

In 2011, Amrita received the ASGE Cook Medical Don Wilson Award and traveled to Kiel, Germany where she was mentored in animal lab device innovation. In 2014, she was a member of the inaugural class of ASGE’s LEAD program where she gained priceless leadership skills and developed lasting relationships with colleagues and future female leaders in GI. In 2015, Amrita was fortunate to serve as ASGE Ambassador in Myanmar. Since joining the ASGE, she has and continues to serve on multiple committees, having directed and participated in numerous hands-on courses in the full range of endoscopy including pancreaticobiliary and resection techniques. In 2018, she was a course director for the 13th Annul NOSCAR symposium, and most recently served as co-course Director for the 2019 ASGE Post-graduate course at ACG in San Antonio, TX. 

In 2016, Amrita founded WIE, Women in Interventional Endoscopy (now Women in Endoscopy) and currently serves as President; and where she works with an incredible group of colleagues to help promote women in the field of endoscopy. In February 2020, she looks forward to serving as President of the NYSGE and having a successful year working with an outstanding group of colleagues. Over the past 10 years, Amrita has had the privilege to be invited as faculty in over 40 national and international live endoscopy courses, as well as to serve as co-course director at her own institution over the past 9 years. These opportunities have allowed her to combine my passions for endoscopy and travel, and enjoying the company of dear friends and colleagues. She very much looks forward to continuing her journey and discovering where it will lead.

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 Master Endoscopist Award

 Stuart Sherman, MD, FASGE

As a recipient of the ASGE Master Endoscopist Award, I am humbled and grateful that my peers and colleagues feel I have reached the stature to receive this great honor. To get the call from President Vargo telling me that I was receiving the 2020 ASGE Master Endoscopist Award was very special. John and I have been friends for 25 years and it was an added bonus to have a close colleague give me the fabulous news.

Dr. Stuart Sherman is Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Program, and Clinical Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman was very fortunate to have been mentored by Dr. Glen Lehman as an advanced endoscopy fellow and junior faculty at Indiana University. Dr. Lehman helped Stuart develop his endoscopic skills, taught him how to provide quality care for patients, nurtured his passion for research, and helped him establish relationships with industry partners. Dr. Sherman was able to develop his own research niche and become a recognized leader in the application of ERCP to pancreas and biliary tract diseases. He has published more than 400 articles and book chapters in this area. The Advanced Endoscopy program has flourished during his leadership becoming one of North America's largest volume programs and a destination site for patients with complex pancreatobiliary diseases. His nine Advanced Endoscopy partners are world class endoscopists committed to providing high quality patient care, doing cutting edge research and finding endoscopic solutions for a number of GI luminal and pancreatobiliary diseases.

Dr. Sherman has personally mentored more than 50 GI fellows, advanced endoscopy trainees, research fellows, and junior faculty in research, many whom are now independent investigators. This includes serving as a senior mentor for Dr. Gregory Coté’s NIH R21 and K23 grants, mentoring Dr. Evan Fogel who is currently a PI for NIH funded studies in chronic pancreatitis, and serving as mentors for Drs. Julia LeBlanc and Mohammad Al-Haddad’s ASGE Career Development Awards.

Dr. Sherman's highlights include the following:

  • Committee member of 5 ASGE committees,  Chair of Post Graduate Education committee,
  • Fellow of ASGE
  • Editorial Board GI Endoscopy (5/97-5/04)
  • Member of the Governing Board (5/05-5/08)
  • Editorial Review Board, GI Endoscopy (5/04-5/08)
  • Associate Editor GI Endoscopy (7/09-12/14)
  • Course Director For the ASGE at the ASGE/ACG Board of Governors Course (1/02)
  • Course Co Director—ASGE Post Graduate Course at DDW (5/07)
  • Recipient of 2009 ASGE Distinguished Endoscopic Mentoring Award
  • Moderated and spoke for ASGE at courses and DDW including 16 ASGE Post Graduate courses
  • On 6 Journal Editorial Boards including Gastroenterology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)—member of GI Board (2/07-6/13)
  • Named one of Indianapolis Top Docs for 13 consecutive years (2007-2019)
  • Served on important multidisciplinary panels and spoke at an NIH State Of the Science Conference
  • Member of National Commission on Digestive Diseases (NCDD) Working Group Bioengineering, Biotechnology, & Imaging (8/06)
  • Expert Panel – American College of Surgeons/Commission on Pancreatic Cancer, Quality Measure Development (10/07)
  • Speaker at NIH State-of-Science Conference on ERCP for Diagnosis and Therapy (1/02)
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 International Service Award

 Fabian A. Emura, MD, PhD, FASGE

I am honored to receive the ASGE international service award. I am grateful to the Colombian Society of Endoscopy, the InterAmerican Society of Endoscopy, the ASGE, and the World Endoscopy Organization for the opportunity to serve and contribute for a better endoscopy practice. My deep appreciation to Drs. Yutaka Saito Takahisa Matsuda and Ichiro Oda from NCCH Tokyo for teaching me the art of Japanese endoscopy. This would not be possible without the instructions of my parents Arturo and Eyder, and the love of my wife Noriko and my son Ken.

Fabian Emura is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Universidad de La Sabana, Bogotá D.C., Colombia. After graduating from Universidad del Valle, he completed a general surgery fellowship at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Later in Japan, he completed a doctoral program in GI tumor biology at the University of Tsukuba and a 3-year fellowship in interventional GI endoscopy and GI surgery at the National Cancer Center Hospital in Tokyo.

In 2006 Dr. Emura founded the EmuraCenter LatinAmerica, an international reference facility where training in advanced endoscopic techniques has been provided to more than 240 gastroenterologists from the Americas. He later developed the core curriculum program of Gastroenterology at Universidad de La Sabana, and became the head of the division.

Throughout his career, Dr. Emura has been actively involved in clinical investigation related to GI tumors, particularly endoscopic early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and image enhanced endoscopy. He has pioneered global implementation and teaching of systematic upper GI photodocumentation, polyp classification, ESD, and since 2006 has introduced and funded an annual gastric cancer screening program in Colombia through the Emura Foundation for Cancer Research benefiting more than 1900 low socio-economical class patients.

Dr. Emura was the recipient of the Monbusho scholarship  given by the Ministry of Education, culture, science, and technology of Japan for advanced clinical training 1999-2003, and received the top reviewer award of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2012 and 2015. Locally, he served as President at the Colombian Society of Endoscopy (2014-2016). Internationally, he served as member of the international committee of the ASGE (2011-2018), he also served as President of the InterAmerican Society of Endoscopy  (2014-2016), and lastly, he served as chair of the scientific committee of the 2nd World Congress of Endoscopy, ENDO 2020 for the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO). Currently, Dr. Emura serves the WEO as President 2020-2022.

He is a reviewer for most of the major endoscopy journals, and has authored or co-authored more than 70 original articles, books, book chapters and reviews covering a wide range of digestive disease topics. Dr. Emura is an internationally recognized clinician and educator, and a popular speaker in the area of endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.

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 Industry Service Award

 Giovanni Di Napoli

The importance of this award ties directly back to our Medtronic Mission statement that was created by our founder Earl Bakken. In part it reads that “To contribute to human welfare by application of biomedical engineering in the research, design, manufacture, and sale of instruments or appliances that alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. To direct our growth in the areas of biomedical engineering where we display maximum strength and ability.”  By following this mission, it has allowed myself and my team to achieve the standards and uphold the value that the ASGE stands for. 

During his career, Gio established strong and trustworthy relationship with many Endoscopists throughout the world to exchange ideas for new products and to identify unmet clinical needs. Gio started his career in GI 12 years ago, in 2008, as employee number 2 in Europe for the Barrx RFA device. In 2011, after Covidien acquired Barrx, he was promoted to the Business Director for the GI Business in Europe. In 2013, he led the acquisition and integration of the Given Imaging business within Covidien Europe.

In 2014, Gio moved from Italy to California, where he was assigned to lead the Medtronic GI US Sales Team. In 2017, he was given the responsibility of the global GI and Hepatology business at Medtronic, where he lead directly and cross functionally the following groups: R&D, BD&L, Clinical, Regulatory, Operation, Quality and Marketing and Sales.

Gio has inspired his team with a passion for putting the patient first to introduce new technologies to reach even more patients.

Most notable recent accomplishments include:

  • Acquisition of Crospon to launch the Endoflip™ impedance planimetry system
  • Leading the R&D project to enter the ESD space with a brand-new portfolio ProdiGI
  • Launch of the Bravo™ calibration-free reflux testing system
  • Leading the R&D project for the new generation of capsule endoscopy with PillCam Genius
  • Entry into strategic partnership agreements:
  • Launch GI Genius™, the first artificial intelligence system for colonoscopy
  • Commercialize ARCHIMEDES™*, a novel biodegradable biliary and pancreatic stent
  • Distribute Eleview®* submucosal injectable composition

While this award has his name on it, it truly was a team effort.

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 Industry Service Award

 Patrice G. Pickering

It is an honor to be recognized by the ASGE as the Industry Service Award recipient. I am very fortunate to work in the specialty of Gastroenterology and with industry professionals for close to 30 years. It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. The relationships and friendships established along the way are invaluable and will last a lifetime. I have become enamored by the specialty of Gastroenterology, its healthcare professionals and industry partners. Overall great individuals coming together for the greater good within the specialty and patient care. What a great opportunity I have been granted.

For some time now I have been committed to supporting the fight against colorectal cancer. Braintree’s (Braintree - A Part of Sebela Pharmaceuticals) commitment has been and continues to be to provide the best possible products to aid healthcare professionals in screening their patient population. Over the years, I have had the privilege to work on projects which have changed the landscape of Gastroenterology. I plan to continue supporting campaigns to forward the cause for increased patient screening and the overall education within the specialty. Thank you for this honor and recognition. 

Patrice (Frenzel) Pickering is the Vice President of Marketing, Gastroenterology at Sebela Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Braintree-A Part of Sebela Pharmaceuticals). Beginning her career in sales in 1991, Patrice was instrumental in the roll out of the sales force within the company. After 10 years in sales, Patrice moved to Marketing and has spent the last 19 years managing the company’s brands within the specialty of Gastroenterology. Patrice has taken on the responsibility of all aspects of product management and growth within a highly saturated marketplace. Her career in pharmaceuticals is unique as she has worked for the same entity for the past 29 years. 

Patrice is a graduate of Regis College with a BS in Marketing and Economics as well as an Executive MBA in Business Administration from Northeastern University where she graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma Honors. 

In addition to her professional and academic achievements, Patrice still finds time to engage in several personal activities. She has three children (Emma 23, Sophie 20, Walter 17) and a French Bulldog named Doug. When Patrice is not working, she enjoys physical fitness, reading, travel, outdoor activities or providing directions and free advice to her three kids.