GO 2018: Faculty Spotlight

August 10-12, 2018
Fairmont Austin
Austin, TX


This year’s Course Directors for GI Outlook 2018, along with an esteemed faculty, will provide the knowledge and tools you need to set a clear vision and strategy, share diverse perspectives in leading the business side of your GI practice, embrace innovation and guide your entire team toward greater performance and profit. Highlighted here are some of the executive leaders you don't want to miss!

COURSE DIRECTORS

KefalasCostas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FASGE
Akron Digestive Disease Consultants, Inc.
Akron, OH



Dr. Kefalas is a practicing gastroenterologist in private practice at Akron Digestive Disease Consultants in Akron, Ohio. He is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and is on the Active Medical Staff at Summa Health in Akron, where he also serve as Physician Director on the Summa Health Board of Directors. Dr. Kefalas is a member of both the ASGE Reimbursement Committee and MACRA Work Group. Through his service with professional societies, Dr. Kefalas has lectured on health policy and practice management and has advocated on behalf of patients and GI disease at both the state and federal levels.

 

Colleen M. Schmitt, MD, MHS, FASGEColleen M. Schmitt, MD, MHS, FASGE
Galen Medical Group
Chattanooga, TN


"GI Outlook is the MUST ATTEND EVENT for physician executives and practice administrators that seek to lead their practice into the future.”

Dr. Schmitt practices at the Digestive Health specialty and is President of the Galen Medical Group in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit and founder and Medical Director of Memorial Research Center. Dr. Schmitt attended Jacksonville State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology and earned her medical degree at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Schmitt completed her internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston then joint fellowships in Gastroenterology at Duke University Medical Center and Health Services Research at the Durham VA Hospital, while finishing a Master’s degree in Biometry and Informatics.

Dr. Schmitt is Past President of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) where she previously chaired the Health & Public Policy Committee, and currently is a Director for the GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC).  She has served as consultant at the state and national level and lectures widely on issues related to health and policy, value-based reimbursement, and practice management.  She has served as an advisor for the Tennessee Healthcare Innovation Initiative Technical Advisory Group for colonoscopy, and the MACRA Clinical Committee and the MACRA Gastrointestinal Disease Management - Medical and Surgical Clinical Subcommittee.  She is past president of the Tennessee Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, serves on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society, and is active with the Tennessee Medical Association.  She is a founding physician for Volunteers in Medicine, and a volunteer for the Project Access, organizations that provide healthcare for the uninsured. 



Joseph J. VicariJoseph J. Vicari, MD, MBA, FASGE
Rockford Gastroenterology Associates, MD, MBA, FASGE
GI Associates & Endoscopy Center 
Rockford, IL

Dr. Joseph Vicari joined Rockford Gastroenterology Associates, Ltd. in 1997 and has held a faculty appointment at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford since that time. He holds the academic rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Dr. Vicari served as Managing Partner of RGA for 13 years. He is board certified in Gastroenterology. He serves on the Practice Management Committee of ASGE and is a journal reviewer for the American Journal of Gastroenterology. 

Dr. Vicari attended medical school at Creighton University where he received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching for 3 consecutive years. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Creighton University and also completed his GI Fellowship in gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he became Chief Fellow in Gastroenterology from 1996-1997. While completing his fellowship his interests were in esophageal and liver diseases.

Dr. Vicari has presented numerous lectures and presentations to students, and residents and physicians both locally and nationally.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Thomas M. Deas Jr., MD, MMM, FASGE Thomas M. Deas Jr., MD, MMM, FASGE
VP Physician Engagement
 
North Texas Specialty Physicians 
Fort Worth, TX 

Tom Deas is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine (1981) and Gastroenterology (1989).  He began his gastroenterology medical practice in Fort Worth in 1991.  He currently serves as Vice President of Physician Engagement with North Texas Specialty Physicians (IPA) and is also a member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) Board.

Tom is a Fellow of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).  He has served in leadership positions with ASGE as committee chair, board member, treasurer, and as ASGE President May 2012-13.  From 2008-2012 he served on the Advisory Board for the GI Quality Improvement Coalition (GIQuIC), the first gastroenterology quality registry established in 2008.  He was President of North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP) from 2002-2008 and has served as President of NTSP’s Care ‘n Care PPO Medicare Advantage health plan since 2009.  He served as Chief Medical Officer for Sandlot Solutions, NTSP’s health information exchange from 2009-2016. Tom is an outspoken advocate for improving patient care through health information technology which provides point of care clinical information and more effective care coordination.

David S. Nilasena, MD, MSPH, MS David S. Nilasena, MD, MSPH, MS
Chief Medical Officer, Region VI
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Dallas, TX

Dr. Nilasena is the Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Dallas Regional Office. He has been with the agency since 1995. He is the regional lead for the agency’s Value-Based Purchasing initiatives, including quality reporting and pay for performance programs in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and ambulatory care settings. He is also a lead contact for the HITECH EHR Incentive Programs and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and is also part of the regional team implementing the Health Insurance Marketplace. Dr. Nilasena has been the CMS lead for national quality improvement efforts in acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke. He has served as a clinical and technical consultant to Quality Improvement Organizations and End Stage Renal Disease Networks in CMS Region 6.

Dr. Nilasena received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. Following an internship in internal medicine at the Oklahoma University Health Science Center, he completed a two-year research fellowship in immunology at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. He completed residency training in general preventive medicine and public health and a fellowship in general internal medicine and medical informatics at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Nilasena has masters of science degrees in both public health and medical informatics from the University of Utah. He is board certified in general preventive medicine/public health.

Daniel O’Connell, PhD Daniel O’Connell, PhD
Training, Coaching and Consultation
Seattle, WA

Daniel O’Connell, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who lives in Seattle, WA. Over the last 35 years Dr. O’Connell has worked as educator, consultant, clinician, department chair and executive director in medical, behavioral health and educational settings. He is a consultant to The Institute for Healthcare Communication and serves on the faculty of the Foundation for Medical Excellence. He works with providers at the University of Washington and UCLA Schools of Medicine and maintains a coaching and consulting practice working primarily with healthcare organizations and individual providers on all aspects of the psychology of medicine, leadership in healthcare settings and professional interactions. Dr. O’Connell develops educational programs for health care providers, groups and institutions and has led more than 600 workshops on various topics in the psychology of relationships and communication in healthcare, change processes and the emotional intelligence aspects of effective leadership.

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FACULTY

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Camille Bonta, MHS
Principal 
Summit Health Care Consulting 
Washington, DC 



For nearly 25 years, Camille has held communications and policy positions in the field of health care. During her career, she has forged strong working relationships in Congress and throughout the “House of Medicine” and within the public health community. She has led large physician- and patient-based coalitions and understands how to navigate the political dynamics of organized medicine.

Camille’s understanding of associations and their role in Washington policy making stems from 11 years as the chief federal lobbyist and policy analyst for the American College of Cardiology. She began her policy career in Washington, D.C. as an aide for U.S. Senator John Glenn.

Since launching Summit Health Care Consulting in 2008, Camille has guided the lobbying, regulatory and advocacy efforts of numerous national health care provider and patient organizations.  Camille has served as ASGE’s policy consultant since 2009.

Camille is well-versed in wide-ranging Medicare policy, as well as in prevention and public health initiatives, and she has been at the center of efforts to improve health care access and coverage. Camille first brought together in 2012 the colorectal cancer stakeholder community around efforts to improve access to screening with the introduction of the “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act.”  Camille has also guided numerous physician organizations and their members through Medicare regulatory changes, including the transition to value-based payment. 

Camille received her Bachelors of Arts from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and a Masters in Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

 


ChapmanFrank Chapman, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Ohio Gastroenterology Group, Inc.

Frank Chapman, MBA is Chief Operating Officer of Ohio Gastroenterology Group, Inc. of Columbus, OH, a 31-physician single-specialty GI group serving five hospitals in the Columbus Ohio metro area. They provide services in four ambulatory surgery centers, each of which has received the ASGE Unit Recognition Award for their high quality and focus on patient safety.  Mr. Chapman serves as chair of the Standards and Survey Procedure Committee of AAAHC and is a trained and active Medicare surveyor. He is Vice Chair of the Practice Management Committee at ASGE, and is a long-standing member of MGMA. He received his MBA in Finance from the University of Kansas - Graduate School of Business. Most recently, Mr. Chapman was the recipient of the ASGE’s 2018 Crystal Award for Distinguished Service.

Raymond K. Cross, MD, MSRaymond K. Cross, MD, MS 
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD 


Raymond K. Cross, MD, MS, AGAF, FACG, is a Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He is also Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is Co-Director of the Digestive Health Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Dr. Cross received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Maryland and Baltimore VA Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Cross obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Dr. Cross has authored over 90 journal articles, reviews, and book chapters. His research interests include application of telemedicine in the care of patients with IBD, disparities, outcomes research and clinical trials. He is Co-Chair of the Clinical Research Alliance, past Chair of the Patient Education Committee and the Clinical Awards Committee, and was recently selected as vanguard site investigator for IBD Plexus for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE

Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE
University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado


Dr. Steven Edmundowicz is a Professor of Medicine and Interim Division Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver Colorado.  He is also the Medical Director of the Digestive Health Center at the University of Colorado Hospital. . He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and completed residency training in internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, where he also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology.

Dr. Edmundowicz  has had prior leadership positions in Gastroenterology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Jefferson Medical College and the Allegheny Health System in Philadelphia, before moving to Colorado in 2015.  Clinically, he is a recognized expert in interventional endoscopy including ERCP, EUS and other advanced procedures.  He continues to have an active clinical practice while being committed to administration, education and clinical research in new endoscopic technologies. Dr. Edmundowicz is also actively involved in endoscopic device and procedure development with industry   He is a past senior associate editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is currently an associate editor for Practice Update Gastroenterology.  He is an active member of the ASGE, ASMBS, ACG, and AGA.  Currently he sits on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Governing Board and is the ASGE President for 2018-2019.

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Glenn M. Eisen, MD, MPH, FASGE 
Oregon Clinic PC 
Portland, OR 


Dr. Eisen received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.  He later completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City where he became Chief Resident. Dr. Eisen completed his fellowship in Gasteroenterology at Duke University.  He is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Editor in Chief Emeritus for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGEDarrell M Gray, II, MD, MPH 
The Ohio University
Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH
 


Dr. Darrell Gray is the Director of Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Services at the University Hospital East campus of The Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center and the Deputy Director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity within OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He also leads the Provider and Community Engagement (PACE) Program, a nationally recognized initiative with the goal of achieving health equity in colorectal cancer prevention. Dr. Gray leverages social media to engage health care providers, patients, researchers and other allies and publishes and lectures nationally on best practices for use of social media in medicine. He has received numerous awards for his work, most recently a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award.

HennessyBruce L. Hennessy, MD, FASGE 
Ohio Gastroenterology Group, Inc. 
Columbus, OH 

Bruce Hennessy is a gastroenterologist and partner at Ohio Gastroenterology Group.  Located in Columbus Ohio Gastroenterology Group is made up of 34 gastroenterologists and 11 advanced practice providers, 4 ambulatory surgery centers, 5 clinical offices, 4 real estate companies, infusion, anesthesia, and pathology services.  He has been an executive board lead for Ohio Gastroenterology Group for 7 years.  Bruce has served on the Health and Public Policy Committee for the ASGE for the past 3 years.  He is married to Shivkamini Somasundaram MD, a practicing OBGYN and has 4 children, ages 16, 14, 11, 11. 

Reed HoganReed B. Hogan
GI Associates & Endoscopy Center
Jackson, MS

Reed B. Hogan is one of the gastroenterologists at the Flowood GI Associates and Endoscopy Center and the Madison GI Associates and Endoscopy Center.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Delta State University and went on to pursue a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He fulfilled his residency and internship requirements in Internal Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Baylor University Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Dr. Hogan was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America®: 1996-2018. He has an extensive list of research experience and has authored numerous scientific publications. In addition to working at the GI Associates, he has served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is Chairman of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) special interest group for Ambulatory Endoscopy Centers and also served on the Practice Management Committee for ASGE.   Dr. Hogan has also been listed in the 2012 Beckers' "The 125 Gastroenterologists to Know."

image001-1Ron Howrigon
President Fulcrum Strategies
Raleigh, NC

Ron Howrigon is President and CEO of Fulcrum Strategies. Ron has 18 years of experience in the Managed Care Industry as a Negotiator and Network Manager. He has held Senior Management level positions with three of the largest Managed Care Companies in the country, including Kaiser Permanente, CIGNA HealthCare and BlueCross BlueShield. His experience with these organizations covered the North East, Mid-Atlantic, and Western areas of the country.
 
Ron earned a Masters in Economics from North Carolina State University, where he focused in the area of Health Economics with a minor in Statistics. He also earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University.

KosinskiLawrence R. Kosinski, MD, MBA, AGAF
Illinois Gastrointestinal Group
Elgin, IL

Lawrence R. Kosinski, M.D., M.B.A., AGAF, FACG, has been in the practice of Gastroenterology since 1984. He is a managing partner at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group (IGG), the largest Gastroenterology practice in Illinois. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Kosinski is a former Clinical Private Practice Councilor for the American Gastroenterological Association and formerly served on its Governing Board. Locally, he is a Member of the Advocate Sherman Hospital Board of Directors. Dr. Kosinski is also the founder of SonarMD, Inc, a technology enabled care management company formed to bring the success of Project Sonar to a national presence. He serves as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kosinski received his MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1978, and earned his Masters of Management Degree (M.B.A.) from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in 1998.

James S. Leavitt, MD
President
Gastro Health

"It is our obligation, as physicians, to be the best advocates for our patients.  Therefore, it is imperative that physicians take on the responsibility of leading health care reform. "

 

Dr. Leavitt has been in private practice for 37 years. He is President of GastroHealth, a large platform group consisting of adult and pediatric gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and anesthesia providers. GastroHealth is the first GI group to partner with a private equity company in order to expand its platform onto the national stage. He has served as president of the Florida Gastroenterology Society and is an Associate Clinical professor of Gastroenterology at the FIU School of Medicine.He has also been named one of the top 28 Gastroenterologists in America by Becker's ASC Review.

LittenbergGlenn D. Littenberg, MD, MACP, FASGE
Insite Digestive Healthcare

 

"Running a medical practice is more complicated than ever. Small or large practice, effective leadership is essential.”


Dr. Littenberg established a solo private practice in Pasadena, CA in 1978 which grew gradually to a group of 4, working out of Huntington Memorial Hospital where he was President of the Medical Staff and won Best Teaching awards from the Medical Housestaff.

Largely in pursuit of answers to practice management problems, he became involved in coding, billing, regulatory and political advocacy efforts in the 1980s, schooling himself in health policy and health administration. This led to long-standing involvement in California and national internal medicine societies, leading to an 8-year term on the AMA CPT Editorial Panel and to receipt of Master status with the American College of Physicians.  Since then, he has served on ASGE Committees (chaired Practice Management Committee 2008-2015, Reimbursement Committee 2015-current); is ASGE's CPT Advisor and was a course director for 3 years for the Gastroenterology Outlook (GO).

He is a founding board member & Chief Medical Officer of inSite Digestive Healthcare, in which his group of 6 is now part of a state-wide group of 54, the largest independent GI group in California.

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Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, FASGE 
Digestive Health Associates 
Tacoma, WA 

Dr. Klaus Mergener attended medical school in Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany, and at Duke University and Harvard University in the U.S. He completed his MD/PhD-thesis summa cum laude with 2008 Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Harald zur Hausen at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg before returning to Duke University for his residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in gastroenterology and interventional endoscopy. He received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dr. Mergener is a partner at Washington Gastroenterology in Tacoma, WA, and an Affiliate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He also serves on the Board of the Pacific Northwest Gastroenterology Society (PNWGS).            

Dr. Mergener is the current Vice-Chair of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Foundation Board of Trustees and, as of June 2018, the Vice President of ASGE. He assumes the ASGE Presidency in 2020. From 2009 through 2014 he was Associate Editor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

KosinskiRichard E. Moses, DO, JD 
Philadelphia Gastroenterology Consultants, Ltd. 
Philadelphia, PA 

Richard E. Moses has practiced Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area since 1984.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. An Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, he holds numerous administrative and consultative positions with state and national medical societies, and has held numerous leadership positions on committees for various hospital staffs throughout his years of medical practice. He is the Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Associate Medical Director for Medical Staff Development and Relations, at Jeanes Hospital, part of the Temple University Health Care System, actively recruiting and developing physician practices, and integrating healthcare relationships and services. 

Dr. Moses is additionally an attorney, having graduated from the Temple University School of Law in 1997.  He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law there since his graduation, teaching “Current Problems in Law and Medicine.” He lectures for sundry other Health Law classes, and at medical, legal, and compliance conferences on medical-legal topics.

Richard is also a risk management and educational consultant in patient safety, medical professional liability, and health care compliance, the state of the healthcare system, medical provider well-being, and medical ethics. A national speaker and author of books, the most recent of which, “Medical Malpractice & Other Lawsuits: A Healthcare Provider’s Guide,”  became a number one best seller on Amazon. He has published numerous articles and book chapters. Richard routinely functions as an adviser and program director for medical, legal, risk management and compliance issues, in addition to authoring accredited programs on these topics.  

Walter G. Park, MD

Walter G. Park, MD 
Stanford University Medical Center 
Stanford, CA 

Walter G. Park, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.  He received his undergraduate degree at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He completed his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, where he also obtained a Masters Degree in Health Services Research.  Dr. Park has served on the ASGE Health and Public Policy Committee since 2009 and as Chair since 2013.

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Laura W. Synnott, MMHSA, FACH 
Associate Teaching Professor Health Care Policy and Management 
Carnegie Mellon University 
Pittsburgh, PA 

Laura Synnott is Associate Teaching Professor of Health Care Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. She teaches project management and health care management to graduate students as well as a capstone course on mergers and alliances to physicians enrolled in the Master of Medical Management degree program.

Laura consults with health care organizations in the areas of operations, project management and strategy development. She has over thirty years of executive management experience including serving as a hospital operations vice president as well as overseeing the medical staff office for a 600-physician medical staff organization.

Laura serves as Chair of the Board of the Directors of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, the largest senior care provider in western Pennsylvania. She also advises entrepreneurs in the growth and expansion stages of development.

Laura is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She received her master’s degree in health services administration (MHSA) from the University of Michigan.

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David H. Robbins, MD, FASGE 
Lenox Hill Hospital, Center for Advanced Endoscopy 
New York, NY 


David Robbins, M.D., M.Sc. is the Medical Director of Manhattan Endoscopy in New York City, New York and is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He received his B.A. in History from Columbia College and earned his M.D. with honors (AOA) and distinction in research from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan. Dr. Robbins completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He also completed an advanced fellowship in Endoscopic Ultrasound at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and was a clinical research fellow in anti-cancer drug development at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Robbins is an Attending Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, where he also serves as the Associate Chief of Endoscopy and is the Program Director for the GI fellowship training program. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (FASGE). He has been invited to speak internationally and has published and lectured widely. In 2010 Dr. Robbins was honored for distinguished service as the ASGE Ambassador to Cairo, Egypt.


WoodsKaren L. Woods, MD, FASGE, FACG
Houston Methodist Hospital


“Executive leadership is necessary to successfully negotiate the perils of integration with a hospital.  Don’t let yourself be out “negotiated”.

Dr. Karen Woods is the President of ASGE.  Dr. Woods earned her MD degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1983.  She completed her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX from 1983-86, and then spent one year as Chief Medical Resident.  She completed her Gastroenterology Fellowship training at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas (1987-89), followed by a Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship (1989-90) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In 1990, she joined Baylor College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and was responsible for clinical care and training of GI fellows in Therapeutic Endoscopy. She is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG) and a Fellow of the American Society of Gastroenterology (FASGE).

Since January 2000, she has been a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor in the private practice of Gastroenterology at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Woods is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine (1986) and Gastroenterology (1989).

Dr. Woods has served on the FDA Advisory Panel for Gastroenterology and Urologic Devices in a number of capacities, including Panel Chair (2003-2005), Voting Member (1993-2004, 2010-present), and Consulting Member (2005-2010). 

Dr. Woods has served as Treasurer of the ASGE Foundation and then as a Councilor on the Governing Board of the ASGE (2007-2010).  Since 2010 she has served as a Foundation Trustee for the ASGE.  She served as the Chair for the Educational Affairs Committee for the ACG from 2001-2004.  During this time, she was also the Chair of the Abstract Selection Committee for the Society.  Dr. Woods continues to be a member of the Practice Management Committee at ACG and will Co-Chair the Practice Management Course at the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in October 2012.