Released on Jan 30, 2019

President's Message: Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE

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The Year in Review and a Look Ahead at 2019

It has been a great honor for me to serve as your president since DDW 2018. Each January, who among us doesn’t enjoy reflecting on successes of the past year, and laying interesting and exciting plans for the months ahead? As ASGE president, January marks the point a little more than halfway through my year in office. It’s a great time to connect with you, the members, to recap a few highlights from 2018 and outline some projects in the works for 2019 that will benefit you, your patients and the profession.

In my last message, I talked about re-focusing on several areas at ASGE: Member engagement; competency-based education; and mobile technology. We are keeping these areas of focus firmly in our sights for 2019. We also look forward to continued collaboration with the other GI societies as well as other organizations who share our mission.

Many thanks to all of the wonderful leaders, volunteers and donors within the organization, without whom none of these accomplishments and projects would be possible!

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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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