Released on Nov 9, 2021

Happy 80th Anniversary, ASGE!


Initially known as the American Gastroscopic Club, our society was founded in 1941 by 17 colleagues assembled at the residence of our first president Dr. Rudolf Schindler, who a few years earlier had immigrated to the United States from Germany to escape Nazi persecution. 

In 1947, the organization’s name was changed to the American Gastroscopic Society before changing again in 1957 to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, reflecting its broader mission as a national and soon to be international membership organization promoting the rapidly expanding field of gastrointestinal endoscopy. 

Now almost 15,000 members strong, ASGE is now the recognized global leader in advancing digestive care through education, advocacy and promotion of excellence and innovation in endoscopy. Committed to the goals of excellence, professionalism, innovation and inclusivity, we have a new generation of leaders and members who are dedicated to the advancement of GI endoscopy, building on the solid start by our founders 80 years ago.


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 almost 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.


American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
3300 Woodcreek Drive Downers Grove, IL 60515
P (630) 573-0600
F (630) 963-8332

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