Released on Jun 11, 2021

New ASGE Committee Dedicated to Advanced Endoscopy

While many ASGE committees support advanced endoscopy, the new Advanced Endoscopy Committee (AEC) will directly serve the needs  of practicing advanced endoscopists and contribute to efforts and updates in advocacy, post-graduate education, new devices, reimbursement and quality. The newly constituted committee will be looking to collaborate with other ASGE committees and will be chaired by Peter Draganov, MD, FASGE. 

“ASGE is the home for all endoscopists- both general and advanced,” said ASGE President Douglas Rex, MD, MASGE. “The new ASGE Advanced Endoscopy Committee will lead to improved services for one of our most valued constituencies -  both during advanced endoscopic training and for advanced endoscopists in practice.”

The committee was borne out of the findings of an ASGE task force chaired by Jonathan Cohen, MD, FASGE, which assessed ASGE’s long history of promoting standardization and quality of advanced endoscopy training and education innovation.  In looking at the future of the advanced endoscopy profession, the task force concluded that a more formalized relationship between the ASGE and the group of advanced endoscopy training program directors and thought leaders makes this committee strategically important.


Peter V Draganov, MD, FASGE
Chair, ASGE Advanced Endoscopy Committee (AEC)
Professor of Medicine University of Florida
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Gainesville, FL, USA

Other members of the Advanced Endoscopy Committee will include Drs. Prabhleen Chahal, Uzma Siddiqui, Norio Fukami, Mihir Wagh, Reem Sharaiha, Tarun Rustagi, Jarapinyo Pichamol and Mo Al-Haddad.

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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