Marcia Irene Canto, MD, MHS, FASGE

Distinguished Endoscopic Research Mentoring Award

Crystal Awards Honoree

Mentoring the current and next generation of researchers and leaders who become successful and mentor others has been so rewarding. Being a “work mom” is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my career. I am absolutely honored and thrilled to receive this award in honor of my supportive husband Francis and son Miguel, and my own mentors Mike Sivak, Amitabh Chak, and Tony Kalloo. Thanks, too, to the ASGE for being a key part of my professional growth all these years.

Marcia (aka Mimi) was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. After graduating summa cum laude at the University of the Philippines Medical School in 1985, she completed her medical residency at the State University of New York/Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn before moving to Baltimore to train in gastroenterology. She received the 1993 ASGE Advanced Endoscopic Training Scholarship. After advanced therapeutic endoscopy training fellowship in Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, she returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1996 as the first woman director of therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasonography, quickly achieving international recognition as an academic endoscopist in a male-dominated subspecialty. She has served on the ASGE Informatics, EUS and Audio-Visual, Program, and Postgraduate Education committees. She is a fellow of the ASGE. She received the ASGE endoscopic research scholar award and Takeda research award. She has directed several ASGE educational programs, including the DDW postgraduate course, EUS and Barrett’s esophagus courses. She was promoted to professor of medicine and oncology in 2011 as a clinical investigator, program builder, mentor, and clinician. She received the Miller-Coulson Academy Award for Clinical Excellence in 2014.

Mimi initiated multiple important clinical programs at Johns Hopkins, including the most recent Heartburn Center of Excellence. Her research involves therapeutic endoscopy, endoscopic imaging, endoscopic ultrasonography, and endoscopic therapies for GERD. She has participated in over a dozen national expert advisory panels, working groups, and think tanks. She has published > 200 peer reviewed papers and > 50 invited papers, editorials, consensus guidelines, and online review articles. Her H-index is 73, with >19,000 citations of her papers. She is a world authority on Barrett’s esophagus, advanced endoscopic imaging techniques, and endoscopic eradication therapies for GI neoplasia. She has also served as the program leader in local, national, and international efforts for pancreatic cancer screening in high risk individuals. Most importantly, she has served as a mentor and role model for dozens of residents, fellows, and faculty over her 23-year academic career, including nine female therapeutic endoscopists.