Released on Nov 9, 2020

Joint Society Election Statement

Dear Colleagues,


As we reflect on the outcome of last week's election, regardless of our stance on the results and perception of its impact, let us remember that our strength as health care providers and scientists lies not in our political party affiliations, but rather in our ability to be catalysts for change. Our collective vision to provide high-quality care, eradicate health disparities, and produce science that translates to better care for all, has and will continue to positively influence the health of our nation, communities, and patients. 

In unity,
Intersociety Group on Diversity


Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG

Co-Chair, Intersociety Group on Diversity

Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, ACG


Rachel Issaka, MD, MAS

Co-Chair, Intersociety Group on Diversity

Member, Diversity Committee, ASGE


Carla W. Brady, MD, MHS, FAASLD

Chair, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, AASLD


Lauren D. Nephew MD, MA, MSCE

Member, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, AASLD


Sophie Balzora, MD, FACG

Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, ACG


Byron Cryer, MD

Co-Chair, Equity Project Advisory Board, AGA 


Sandra M. Quezada, MD, MS

Chair, Diversity Committee, AGA


Jennifer Christie, MD, FASGE

Governing Board Councilor, ASGE


Valeria Cohran, MD, FAAP

Co-Chair, Diversity Special Interest Group, NASPGHAN


Conrad R. Cole, MD, FAAP MPH, MSc

Co-Chair, Diversity Special Interest Group, NASPGHAN


Society Leadership
Jorge A. Bezerra, MD, FAASLD President, AASLD
Raymond T. Chung, MD, FAASLDPresident-Elect, AASLD
David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG President, ACG
Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG President-Elect, ACG
M. Bishr Omary, MD, PhD, AGAF President, AGA
John M. Inadomi, MD, AGAF President-Elect, AGA
Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE President, ASGE
Douglas K. Rex, MD, MASGE President-Elect, ASGE


Benjamin D. Gold, MD President, NASPGHAN

Jenifer R. Lightdale, MD
President-Elect, NASPGHAN


The Intersociety Group on Diversity (IGD) is a coalition instituted by the AASLD, ACG, AGA, ASGE and NASPGHAN. The IGD aims to address important issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion collaboratively; increase diversity in gastroenterology among our societies’ members, our pipeline of trainees, and leadership; and eradicate health disparities in the patients and populations our members serve.



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American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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American Gastroenterological Association
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American College of Gastroenterology
(301) 263-9000

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
(703) 299-9766


North American Society For Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
(215) 641-9800


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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