Released on Dec 11, 2018

ASGE Announces Appointment of New CEO Barbara Connell

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December 11, 2018 -- DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- The Governing Board of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Connell, CAE, CMP as Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2019. 

Since 2009, Ms. Connell has served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for ASGE, an organization of more than 15,000 gastrointestinal (GI) professionals. She has created and developed programs in the areas of membership, research, advocacy, quality, regulatory, practice management, international and corporate relations. In 2013, ASGE built the Institute for Training and Technology, its corporate headquarters and training facility.  As COO, Ms. Connell oversees the physical plant operations of the IT&T, including all facility programs, both internal and external.

“Barbara’s deep experience, history with ASGE, and constant vigilance over the operations of our society will be a great asset to the organization as we continue to provide excellent service and support to our physician members and the larger GI community,” said ASGE President Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE. “The strength of this society is in our members and staff who work together to provide the best in everything endoscopic for our profession and our patients. Barbara has been key to ASGE’s development, success and contributions to the field. We look forward to her capable leadership as we enter a new period of growth and innovation.”

In addition to Ms. Connell’s broad experience with ASGE operations and programs, she oversees Digestive HealthWorks, LLC, (DHW), created by ASGE in 2009 to serve the GI community in managing smaller associations whose mission relates to digestive health. In this role, Ms. Connell has served as Executive Director for four national and international associations that have been newly formed or sought DHW’s guidance to rebuild their organization.

She also serves as the Executive Director of the Association for Bariatric Endoscopy (ABE), a Division of ASGE dedicated to helping patients and practitioners learn more about obesity and its management utilizing the latest technology in endoscopic bariatric therapies.  ABE was established in 2015.

Prior to joining ASGE, Barbara held executive positions with the American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Periodontology, and the American Dietetic Association.  

Ms. Connell is the Chair of the International Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives and the Incoming Chair of the Events Industry Council CMP Commission, where she served as a Board member since 2015.  She has served as Chair of the Board of the Association Forum of Chicagoland from 2001 to 2002; President, Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the Green Meetings Industry Council from 2009-10; Member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Marlene Cancer Alliance from 2015-17 and Co-Chair of the Board from 2018 – 2020.

Ms. Connell is the 2018 recipient of the Broad Shoulders Award from the PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter. She previously won the association’s Pillar Award for Excellence in Association Leadership in 2016.


About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 15,000 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 and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

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