I am truly honored to receive the 2018 ASGE Distinguished Educator Award. This award was an unexpected surprise for me. Being recognized as an educator and teacher of endoscopy is very special to me. However, I could not have succeeded without great mentors and educators who motivated and inspired me to succeed. I have also been truly blessed to have worked with dedicated colleagues who embrace teaching and education and I thank them too for their support and encouragement throughout the years. So, I am very honored to accept this award, but I share it with my mentors, fellows, advanced fellows and colleagues that I have had the privilege to work with over the last 25 years.
Teaching is something that we should all strive to participate in, whatever way we can and regardless of one’s practice setting. It is a most gratifying feeling to give back to our trainees, where not too long ago, we were all once in their shoes.
I am also grateful to the ASGE for it unwavering commitment and support of education for our trainees and members. Not to mention, my own career where I am indebted to the ASGE for their support of my advanced endoscopic training which provided me with the tools to be successful in my career.
Dr. Gress completed his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. He completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology under the mentorship of Dr. Maurice Cerulli at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and State University of New York, Health Sciences Center, Brooklyn, NY. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Gress was awarded the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Advanced Endoscopy Scholarship, which was established to support advanced training in therapeutic endoscopy. Dr. Gress completed this advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship in 1994 at Indiana University Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Hawes and Dr. Glen Lehman. It is there that he trained in the emerging field of Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and was an early investigator in the development of EUS as it evolved into an important diagnostic and therapeutic technique.
Dr. Gress has published over 100 articles on original research in respected peer review journals and contributed over 50 review articles and book chapters to numerous textbooks on clinical gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy. In addition, Dr. Gress has also co-authored several textbooks including "Curbside Consultations for the Pancreas" and “Endoscopic Ultrasonography” which is widely appraised as a premier text for learning EUS. He also recently co-authored "Atlas of Endoscopic Ultrasonography". The Atlas has received recognition for its case-based format with digital video presentations for those desiring to learn or expand their exposure to therapeutic EUS techniques. He has also presented invited lectures at regional, national and international meetings and conferences.
Dr. Gress has had an active research career. His research has primarily focused on EUS and interventional endoscopy and is an active investigator on many clinical studies involving the use of new devices and techniques to diagnose and treat pancreaticobiliary diseases. An important focus of his research has been on the application of EUS in the diagnosis, staging, and biopsy of pancreatic malignancies.
Dr. Gress has also been very active in the ASGE. He was chair of the ASGE Training Committee and has served on numerous committees, including Postgraduate Education, Nominations, Publications, and more recently on Member Engagement and Diversity. He is also a member of the editorial review board for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is currently the chair of the Trainee Engagement Task Force.
Dr. Gress most recently has served as Professor of Medicine and Clinical Chief in the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at Columbia University Medical Center and Chief of Interventional Endoscopy at New York-Presbyterian/CUMC, New York, NY.