Released on Nov 9, 2020

New CEO for ASGE

The Governing Board of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) is pleased to announce that Donald J. Palmisano, Jr., JD, CAE will join the organization as its Chief Executive Officer effective January 25, 2021.


Currently, Mr. Palmisano is the Executive Director of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG), a position he has held since 2011, after serving as general counsel and leading the organization’s advocacy efforts. He is the current president of the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE), a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Business Services, Inc, and a member of the stakeholder council of the American Board of Medical Specialties. He holds a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Louisiana State Bar Association.


Said ASGE President Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE: “Donald comes to us with an amazing track record of accomplishments at MAG where he has increased membership to its highest level in 25 years, diversified membership and revenue streams and strengthened MAG's financial position. He transformed MAG into an advocacy powerhouse through building partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, and has assembled and developed a strong and loyal staff team. I am confident that Donald's insight, experience and leadership will guide ASGE into its next phase of growth and impact in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy. We look forward to welcoming him into the ASGE family.”


Mr. Palmisano will take over the ASGE CEO position from outgoing CEO Barbara Connell, CAE, CMP. "On behalf of the entire Society, I thank Barbara for her leadership and expertise as CEO during a critical period in our Society's history," said Dr. Mergener. Barbara served ASGE for 17 years, overseeing numerous departments and groundbreaking initiatives. She has played a pivotal role in the Society's growth, including the planning, construction, and management of the Institute for Training and Technology, ASGE's state-of-the-art educational facility and headquarters office. Ms. Connell will work with Mr. Palmisano and the entire ASGE staff and physician leadership team over the coming months to ensure an effective and seamless transition.




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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