ASGE Recognized Industry Associate (ARIA) Program

Dates: April 9, 2018


Get Recognized in GI!


The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy supports industry's efforts to have knowledgeable, GI-practice "ready" sales associates, and is pleased to announce the ASGE Recognized Industry Associate (ARIA) program, a new initiative dedicated to industry professionals.

The content has been developed for GI sales and marketing professionals, and the programs are created and taught by leading GI experts. With comprehensive, thorough and non-biased education in the field of gastroenterology provided through our training program, your representatives can become partners to ASGE physician members and other health care providers - supporting positive health outcomes for patients.


Through a live course, the new ASGE ARIA program creates a common language and a shared understanding for improved communication and more successful dialogue between clinicians and industry representatives. The program covers all of the subjects that are important to the professional health care providers that industry representatives are meeting with every day, including clinical knowledge, disease mechanisms and clinical treatment. Attendees of the program will receive unparalleled educational content created by recognized leaders in gastroenterology. 


This course is intended to provide an overview of basic GI anatomy and physiology as well as commonly encountered gastrointestinal diseases and their endoscopic findings through a lecture-based format. A hands-on experience will introduce both basic and advanced endoscopic techniques. To ensure industry representatives are being recognized for their efforts, participants who successfully complete the ARIA course are recognized with the ASGE “ARIA Seal,” an ASGE Certificate of Completion, and also receive a number of other prestigious recognition benefits and marketing tools.

Colleagues who are new to GI or could use a refresher are encouraged to attend this course. 

Impact of ARIA Industry Training

ARIA-abbvie-0072ASGE conducts a pre- and post-test among all participants to gauge results of the course in terms of increased knowledge and understanding of the GI industry. Results are shared with the participants and their respective organizations. From its inception the results show a significant increase in participants’ basic GI knowledge. Avg score – pre-test: 60% Avg score – post-test: 93%

Group Training

For information on scheduling group training for your sales organization, contact Linda kay Tyler, senior director of sales and business development, by phone at (630) 570-5601 or by email at

Program Benefits

Industry Recognition

Hands_onParticipants who successfully complete the ARIA course will be recognized with the ASGE ARIA "seal", consisting of an ASGE Certificate of Completion, along with a number of other prestigious recognition benefits and marketing tools, including:

  • Use of the ARIA Program Recognition Logo. Those individuals who successfully complete the ARIA course will be recognized with an ASGE seal of approval – the “ASGE Recognized Industry Associate” logo for a period of three years. The ARIA logo may be proudly displayed on business cards and the individual’s letterhead.
  • Name listed within an article in ASGE’s e-newsletter, Scope. ASGE will make members aware of those individuals who have recently successfully completed the ARIA program and have been granted use of the ASGE ARIA Program
    Recognition logo.
  • Listing on the ASGE website - ASGE will maintain a roster of honorees on the ASGE website.
  • Annual listing within the ASGE Guide to Endoscopy at DDW and the Crystal Awards tribute book*. Program
    honorees will be recognized with an annual listing in two major ASGE publications seen by top leaders in the field.
    (*ARIA graduates who complete their course prior to April 1 will be recognized in that year’s DDW /Crystal Awards programs. After April 1, recognition will take place in the following year’s DDW materials.) 
  • ASGE promotion of the ARIA program. On an ongoing basis, ASGE will communicate this new program to its members and make them aware of the value and significance of the ARIA program recognition. The message to members will be “look for the ASGE seal.”
  • Template press release. ASGE will provide a template press release that companies can use to publicize their team’s ARIA
  • Template letter. ASGE will provide a template letter that companies can use to send to their customers to make them aware of their team’s recognition by ASGE. 

Guidelines for use of the ARIA Logo will be available to participants who successfully complete the ARIA course.

Course Description

Course Objectives

  1. Describe basic GI landmarks.
  2. Describe diseases commonly encountered in gastroenterology and their endoscopic findings.
  3. Discuss common tools of the gastroenterologist and basic endoscopic techniques.
  4. Gain hands–on knowledge of endoscopic tools and techniques.

GI 101 - Curriculum Overview

 Gastrointestinal Tract in Health: Basic Anatomy and Physiology  

  • Foregut: Esophagus/Stomach
  • Midgut: Small Bowel and Hindgut: Colon/Rectum
  • Hepatopancreaticobiliary

Tools of the Gastroenterologist

  • Introduction to GI Endoscopy --  EGD, Colonoscopy, ERCP, EUS , Enteroscopy
  • Other Tests Used by Gastroenterologists -- pH testing, Manometry, Radiology, Emerging Technologies

Gastrointestinal Tract in Disease: Overview of Major GI Disorders

  • Foregut: Esophagus and Stomach
  • Midgut: Small Bowel
  • Hepatopancreaticobiliary Disease
  • Colon/Rectum
  • Communication Tips

Hands-on Stations

  • Basic Scope Handling/Foreign Body Removal
  • APC/Bicap/Thermal Therapies
  • Injections/Clip
  • Bands/Polyps
Customized Training Opportunities

ASGE offers customized training for organizations seeking dedicated GI training for their representatives. ASGE can provide additional curriculum topics to suit your training needs. For example:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

a. Overview of IBD and extraintestinal manifestations 
b. IBD-diagnosis 
c. Medical therapies for IBD 
d. Surgical management of IBD 


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

a.  Pathophysiology and Epidemiology of GERD
b.  GERD: Diagnosis 
c.  GERD: Medical, endoscopic and surgical management 
d.  Barrett's esophagus and Esophageal Cancer: Epidemiology, diagnosis and management 


Pancreaticobiliary Endoscopy 101

a.  The Bile Duct: Stones, strictures, tumors and other obstructing lesions 
b.  Don't mess with the pancreas: Understanding acute and chronic pancreatitis 
c.  Understanding ERCP and EUS: Tools of the Trade 


Course Registration and Hotel Information

Next Course:

April 9, 2018

The courses will be held at the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T) in Downers Grove, Illinois, located approximately 30 minutes west of downtown Chicago.

To register for the ASGE ARIA Program, or to scheduling group training for your sales representatives, contact Linda kay Tyler, Senior Director of Sales and Business Development, by phone at (630) 570-5601 or by email at

Limited space available for this premier event! Register today to reserve your spot.


ASGE courses have a history of selling out. It is recommended that you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. However, you may want to wait to make your airline reservations until you have received confirmation of registration from ASGE.

Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove
1500 Opus Place, Downers Grove, IL 60515 
Tel: (630) 852-1500 or Toll Free: (800) 228-9290(U.S. only)

ASGE has arranged a room block for this course at $119 per night, plus applicable tax. This discount is valid only if the reservation is made before March 19, 2018. Please contact the hotel directly to make hotel reservations. Please mention the name of the ASGE course when making your reservation.

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be received in writing to at least two weeks before the activity and will be subject to a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are permitted with ASGE authorization. ASGE has the right to cancel a program at any time at its discretion. For more information on the ASGE ARIA Program, including scheduling group training for your sales representatives, contact Linda kay Tyler, Senior Director of Sales and Business Development, by phone at (630) 570-5601 or by email at


ASGE Salutes Graduates of the ARIA Industry Training Course 

ARIA-certificate-mock-upThe ASGE Recognized Industry Associate (ARIA) program is designed to enhance the interactions between clinicians and industry representatives. Those industry representatives who successfully complete a pre-test, a full day of intensive training, as well as a post-test, are awarded the ASGE Certificate of Completion, granted the use of the ASGE ARIA Program logo on their business cards, and receive a number of other prestigious recognition benefits marketing tools.

Congratulations to the ARIA Industry Training Graduates! ASGE is proud of their accomplishments and salutes their commitment to professionalism in the GI industry.


Roseann Alamia
Justin Alton
Matt Amarillas
Wendy Amoe
Emily Anderson
Angela Andrews
Leslie Apetz
Jose Arroyo
Aneta Austin
Timothy Barbuzanes
Marisol Barzana
Jennifer Battle
Mark Bauer
Karen Baumgardner
Mary Benincasa
Manuel Bey
Anthony Blaskis
Dennis Blumling
John Boles
Jamie Boles
Stephanie Boone
Michelle Bowman
Thomas Braniff
Amy Brantell
Carolyne Bray
Patricia Bromer
Dana Brown
John Brown
Melissa Bryan
Vanessa Buff
Katherine Butler
Sean Carter
Dante Cerni
Beverly Chandler
Michelle Chase-Stewart
Anthony Chiappone
Lori Chuhlantseff
Deborah Cooper
Maurizio Costantini
John Couig
Peter Coulas
Brian Curley
Lauren D'Ambrosi
Royce Deaton
Charisse Delleville
Laura Delucca
Sabrina Di Iorio
Susan Disney
Mandi Dreaden
Jennifer Dukofsky
Rochelle Edmark
Gim Hwee Ee
Steven Elder
Gary Emmons
William Evans
Charlotte Farley
Jason Farley
Teresa Ferguson
Jennie Fields
David Fincutter
Eugenio Fortun
Colleen Foss
Joan Fox
Carla Freidig
Amy Gintz
Thomas Goode
Peter Gousis
Jason Griffin
Debbie Griggs-Smith
Robin Grove
Ivonne Guzman
Trevor Hafner
Douglas Haling
Jim Hanson
Amanda Hardy
Juliana Hardy
Jodi Hauwetter
Adam Healy
John Henderson
Brent Henson
Randi Hinton
John Hiraga
Michael Hittle
Megan Hoang
Victoria Hoger
Kimberly Hollis
Tom Horst
Elizabeth Howe
Lesley Howerton
Casey Hubbard
Joseph Huff
Agustin Irizarry
Paul Izzo
Rosemarie Jankewicz
Mark Jehle
Christen Johnson
Jerry Jones
David Kaiser
Lisa Kanegae
Anastasia Karambelas
Kenneth Katt
Jennifer Kelleher
Julie Kennedy
Daniel Kirspel
Emily Klatt
Frank Klein
Lisa Kluge
Julia Kovalchuk
Salvatore LaCause
Keith Lai
Jayme Landers
Todd Larocque
Peter Lee
Martha Lichty
Connie Little
Tina Loock
Kelly Love
Molly Lowry
Matthew Lundgard
Lisa Luther
Teresa Lutz-Pfalzgraf
Thomas Mahefkey
Rizwan Markar
Eric Martin
Ijeoma Matthew
Jennifer McCollar
William McHale
Rosamond Mcleod
Wendy McMahon
Stephanie Melcher
Stephen Mennuti
Joyce Meyer
Lynne Moseley
Nathan Newell
Andrew Norato
Cheri Okuno
Rasheedat Oluokun
Gene Ortiz
Kathleen O'Toole Greggs
Louis Passerelli
Danika Patterson
Bradley Payne
Lisa Peiser
Richard Pena
Deanna Perkinton
Beverly Perry
Janet Peterson
Jeffrey Phelps
Silvia Pineiro-Garbin
Kelvin Pittman
Scot Podosek
Jason Policastri
Patricia Prewitt
Mukund Pujara
Suzette Purdy
April Quinn
Britt Reat
Martha Redd
Ted Richey
Derek Rieder
Miriam Robinson
Pedro Rodriguez
Ana Rodriguez
Glenda Ruiz
Mark Sabol
Rimma Salko
Sherri Salzeider
Lowell Scott
Roberto Sepulveda
Kenneth Shroyer
Claudia Shumaker
Dennis Siepka
Jennifer Siwiec
Alexa Spinoso
Garrett Steiner
Debra Stevenski
Paul Stone
Karen Stryker
Steven Sytz
Alexis Tangorra
Cathy Taylor
Pamela Tepper
Andrew Thompson
Joseph Thurman
Chandler Tice
Marta Toro
Yuliya Tovgaev
Kimberley Triolo
Jake Turner
Sonny Velazquez
Christopher Veraszto
Kelly Viere
Tammy Vukovich
Waymond Wade, Jr.
Holly Walsh
Peter Wardlaw
Cynthia Waseity
Deonne Washington
Colleen Washington
Daniel Weidman
Lisa White
Vonda Wilson
Stacy Winkler
Alison Wright
Audra Wurmlinger
Sarah Zeng

Aries Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Stacey Adams
Vinnie Aguirre
Kevin Aholt
Karen Alexander
David Barozzino
Eve Lynn Blonder
Trenton Branstetter
Ricardo Camacho
Sandra Daley
Mathew DeCosta
Patti DeRose
Erich Diedrich
Richard Dunlap
Karen Eklund
Sherri Gabay
Elana Gollan
Daniel Gordon
Linda Greener
Bill Guasch
Scott Hanzalik
Anne Harris
Terrence Herron
Clint Hodges
Rick Johnson
Brad Kalista
Barbara Keefe
Shelly Kilcran
Amy Kriesel
Jayne MacDonald
Julianne MacLennan
Stephanie Matulich
Aaron Minor
Sanjeev Misra
Matthew Morgan
Lisa Moyer
Cynthia Mulligan
George Pate
Greg Pellegrino
Kimberly Prescott
Jose Rodriguez
Alfredo Rojas
Drew Romito
Carrie Roop
Ryan Sage
Tara St. John
Staci Stewart
Lisa Thoele
Michelle Thomas
Joseph Trilk
Boris Velinov
Russ Walter
Boyd Waverly
Marcia Webster
David Wessels
Stephen Wilkinson
Brittany Williams
Rachel Wiseman
Janna Wynne

Boston Scientific Corporation

Steph Gonzalez
Anthony Vari

Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.

Ali Duman

Cardinal Health

Linda C. Logan


Tyler Augliano
Adam Bacco
Taylor Bakeman
Ryan Greene
Joey Kim
Keith Kraskinski
Jerrod Nelson
Patrick O'Brien
Michael Parra
Marcos Antonio Perez
Stacey Reeves
Nathan Sauer
Kara Ticker
Brian Velategui
Amanda Wisenor

Cook Medical

Greg Skerven
Brenda Spain-Stewart


Jacki Grosu
Brian Johnson
Wanda L. Molari

EndoChoice,  Inc.

Perry Mykleby

EndoGastric Solutions, Inc.

Daniel Sinclair

Endoscopy Division of FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Inc.

Erik Anderson
Cory Anson
Chris Arbuckle
Anthony Bono
Danielle Brown
Stephen Budda
James Byrne
Stephen Caccamise
Jason Claborn
Angela Clout
Paul Corbin
Rickey Davis
Taylor Deer
Bilge Demirbas
Eric Denton
Tri Duong
Mike Dushane
Francine Francis
Dan Gombos
Jose Garza
Lauren Geloso
Kathleen Glen
Christine Jackman
Matt Jones
Mike Lachey
Anthony LaMantia
Kazumasa Maenosono
Frank McDermott
Jose Mejia
Stacy Perfetti
Norman Rich
Frank Roland
Dan Rosolowski
Brian Shields
Jason Shipley
Kim Smith
Chris Truss
Jennifer Umlauft
Michael VanVreede
Anders Weaver
Chuck Wilson
Chris Wlezien

Endoscopy Repair Specialist Inc.

Yon Bucher

Entera Health, Inc.

Simon Solomon

Epix Anesthesia

Kirk Dennis



Johnny Boatright
Chuck Bobala
Charles Brems
John Carballo
Cary Critz
Paul Fawbert
Paul Hamilton
Jacque Hancock
Ken Hirsch
Kelly Nettles
Alan Rhine
Paul Romano
Wylie Rucker
Philip Schrom
Romulo Sotelo

Fractyl Laboratories Inc.

Paul Barner
Michael Biasella
Michael Burka
Michelle Cleary
Gregory Dierksen
Scott Grant
Andrew Hollett
Ilya Karnauk
Jeff Lesica
Stewart MacLean
Shweta Mani
Sara Morneau
Sudeep Nambiar

Genii Inc

Scott Evans
Kara Ledel
Tony Policani

GI Supply

Caitlin D’Entremont
Bryan Fritz
Luke Johnson
Jos Kerstens
Dan McCoy
Lisa Szpak


Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Philip Malone

Medigus Ltd.

Tom Dempsey
Lori Saper


Nick B. Bromiley


Rudy Barahona
Steve Buysse
Thomas Haywood
Dereck Heim
Antonio Monteiro
Nilay Mukherjee
Erin Mullen
Susan Straughn
Jing Zhao

Merit Medical Endotek

Stephen Barnett
Linda Bondellio
Steve Capeluto
Carolynn Clark
Kevin Colleran
Lindsey Davis
Travis Doman
Paul Drake
Matt Elkins
Alireza Forouzandeh
Nolan Hendren
Eric Hughes
Keri Hunsaker
Brian Hupperts
Brian Kane
Amanda Kimball
Dendra Lanham
Blake Nelson
John Reynaud
Kathryn Schaub
Abbe Smith
Kyle Smith
William VonDran
Charlie Wagner

Olympus Corporation of the Americas

B. Earl Adamy, III
Melinda Benedict
Stephen Bordon
Theresa Kunsman
Richard Lessig
Benjamin Matsil
Danielle Puccino
Nate Rietman

PENTAX Medical

Laurie Bright
Marisa Cali
Jean Desrosiers
Bruce Diamante
Laura Bustamante
Mariano Franco
Garry Graffort
Steve Hansen
Stephen Jakymec
Frank Klosterman
Mark Kuska
Shaun Peterson
Keith Rofinot
Kyle Skiera
Amanda Stacy

Sedasys, a Division of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

Christy Cooper


Jimmy Hinson
Amy Place

Smart Med System

Aggie Raup

Spectrum Surgical

Amanda Kimball
Valerie Padawer
Jared Robey
Yvonne Solomon

US Endoscopy

Ortho Artis
William Busby
Darren Gregan
Liz Leivo
Paul Martino
Reza Mohammadpour
Steve Pastor
Tony Siracusa

W. L. Gore & Associates

Melissa Brown
Connor McCrea

ARIA look for seal graphic


For more information on the ARIA Industry training Program, including scheduling group training for your organization, contact Linda kay Tyler, Senior Director of Sales and Business Development, at or by phone at (630) 570-5601.