The Jack A. Vennes, MD & Stephen E. Silvis, MD Endowed Lecture is presented annually during Digestive Disease Week®, and was established through the generous support of Cook Medical and supported with contributions from the Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation, colleagues, friends and trainees of Drs. Vennes and Silvis.
Drs. Vennes and Silvis worked as a team at the Minneapolis (MN) Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1971-1986. They were pioneers of ERCP, studying the new techniques in Japan and then teaching them in the United States. They were prolific authors and published widely on the evolving techniques of ERCP. In addition, they pioneered early instrument designs and procedural techniques. Drs. Vennes and Silvis are considered among the most highly respected gastroenterologists in the history of the profession.
In recognition of their role in the evolution of GI practice and their commitment to teaching pioneering therapies and complex endoscopic procedures to generations of gastroenterologists, ASGE honors the late Drs. Vennes and Silvis with this lectureship.