Released on Oct 7, 2020

ASGE Congratulates Members for Professional Appointments



President of CAG  - Kevin Waschke, MD, CM, FRCPC, FASGE

ASGE congratulates Kevin Waschke, MD, CM, FRCPC, FASGE on his appointment as the 2020-2022 President of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG). Dr Waschke is currently chair of ASGE’s eLearning Committee and is Director of Therapeutic Endoscopy and Endoscopic Ultrasonography at McGill University Health Center. His clinical activities include EUS, ERCP, therapeutic endoscopy and general gastroenterology. He is an active clinical teacher, with a particular interest in endoscopy training.

President-elect of NASPGHAN - Jenifer R. Lightdale, MD, MPH, FASGE, AGAF, FAAP, NASPGHAN-F 

ASGE extends its warmest congratulations to Jenifer R. Lightdale, MD, MPH, FASGE, AGAF, FAAP, NASPGHAN-F, who has just been elected to the position of President-elect of North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (NASPGHAN). Her term begins in November and she will assume the Presidency in two years.
Dr Lightdale is the Chair of ASGE’s GIE Editorial Board and a member of the Publications Committee. She is the current Division Chief, Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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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