I am profoundly grateful and humbled to receive the ASGE Master Endoscopist Award and to join a group of outstanding endoscopists who have exemplified excellence in our field. While I am, internally, extremely proud of my achievements and commitment to my work, this honor serves a welcome validation by my colleagues in the endoscopic community, and helps fuel my drive to continue to pursue advancement in my skills and to mentor others. And though this award is bestowed on me for my work, I feel that it is actually the most fitting tribute to those who have helped shape me into the endoscopist I am today. In accepting it I thank my mentors, including those who continue to guide me along my journey and those are who are no longer with us; my colleagues and friends who help support me through difficult moments and encourage me to pursue my goals; my fellows who inspire me to always continue to educate myself; and my patients who, in entrusting me with their care, help drive my deep passion for excellence in endoscopy and innovation. And, of course, many thanks to the ASGE.
Amrita Sethi started her career in GI and endoscopy at MCV/VCU in Richmond, VA where she completed GI fellowship in 2007, followed by her Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship at the University of Colorado. She joined the Interventional Endoscopy service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in 2008, where she now is an Associate Professor and Director Interventional Endoscopy, as well as Program Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship. Since starting at CUIMC, she has mentored over 17 interventional endoscopy fellows, participated in numerous collaborative studies in ERCP and cholangioscopy, interventional EUS, endoscopic resection and third space endoscopy; and authored papers and reviews on these topics.
In 2011, Amrita received the ASGE Cook Medical Don Wilson Award and traveled to Kiel, Germany where she was mentored in animal lab device innovation. In 2014, she was a member of the inaugural class of ASGE’s LEAD program where she gained priceless leadership skills and developed lasting relationships with colleagues and future female leaders in GI. In 2015, Amrita was fortunate to serve as ASGE Ambassador in Myanmar. Since joining the ASGE, she has and continues to serve on multiple committees, having directed and participated in numerous hands-on courses in the full range of endoscopy including pancreaticobiliary and resection techniques. In 2018, she was a course director for the 13th Annul NOSCAR symposium, and most recently served as co-course Director for the 2019 ASGE Post-graduate course at ACG in San Antonio, TX.
In 2016, Amrita founded WIE, Women in Interventional Endoscopy (now Women in Endoscopy) and currently serves as President; and where she works with an incredible group of colleagues to help promote women in the field of endoscopy. In February 2020, she looks forward to serving as President of the NYSGE and having a successful year working with an outstanding group of colleagues. Over the past 10 years, Amrita has had the privilege to be invited as faculty in over 40 national and international live endoscopy courses, as well as to serve as co-course director at her own institution over the past 9 years. These opportunities have allowed her to combine my passions for endoscopy and travel, and enjoying the company of dear friends and colleagues. She very much looks forward to continuing her journey and discovering where it will lead.