John was born on the Isle of Islay, Scotland, grew up in Glasgow and received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in 1977.
After his medical residency, he completed a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Minnesota from 1981-84, and from 1984-88 received advanced training in therapeutic endoscopy at the Middlesex and University College Hospitals in London, England.
Returning to the US in 1988, John accepted a position as Associate Director of Endoscopy at Duke University Medical Center in Durham NC., and from 1994-2005, served as Director of the Biliary and Pancreatic Disorders Service.
In 2005, he moved to Wake Forest University Health Sciences Center in Winston Salem NC., and in 2015, accepted a position as Director of Endoscopy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA.
In his professional life, John published and lectured extensively on therapeutic endoscopy, especially ERCP. His greatest love during his career was teaching, and he was grateful to have had the privilege of mentoring many gifted trainees along the way.
He was the recipient of Master Endoscopist (2001) and Distinguished Educator (2007) Awards from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and in 2018 was awarded MACG by the American College of Gastroenterology.
In his personal life, John was a family man who shared his passion for travel and adventure with his children. He was also a beach-lover, keen private pilot, an avid golfer, and an enthusiastic fisherman. John’s wife Alison, son Chris and his wife Allison, daughter Katie and her husband Stavros have many happy memories of John’s sense of humor and enthusiasm for life. His playful spirit lives on in his little grandson, Theo, who was born 7 months after John died.
John’s family is deeply appreciative that he has been honored as a recipient of the President’s Award this year, and grateful to know that he is remembered fondly by the GI community which meant so much to him. Many thanks to ASGE President Klaus Mergener, and all John’s friends and colleagues at the ASGE.