Crystal Awards Honoree
The honor of receiving the Schindler Award is only surpassed by the gratitude that I feel for the many individuals that have helped me in so many different ways to achieve the success I have had in the endoscopy arena. I remember being in the audience for many ASGE award ceremonies admiring the giants that received this prestigious award in the past and thinking about all the great endoscopic achievements they had accomplished. In my own case, I can only think of how lucky I am to have been in the right place, the Mayo Clinic, at the right time with so many accomplished endoscopists and researchers, and having the right encouragement of my mentors, my parents, and my wife to achieve my goals. The Schindler Award to me represents what even an immigrant can achieve in this country if they are given the opportunity. It is truly a privilege to be given this award by my colleagues in the ASGE. I have always valued our organization and most importantly the members who make up the greatest gastrointestinal endoscopy society in the world.
Kenneth Wang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and immigrated to the United States as a small child with his parents. He grew up in Lansing, Michigan and had the great fortune of attending the University of Michigan (Go Blue, like last year’s Schindler Awardee Grace Elta). After medical school in Michigan, Ken arrived for Internal Medicine residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he remained for Gastroenterology fellowship. Ken was fortunate to obtain a staff position at Mayo and has remained ever since. Ken is quite fortunate to have met the love of his life, Ruth Larsen, in Minnesota where they established their home. He was also lucky to have been trained by Christopher Gostout who was the hero in endoscopy and was able to join his fledgling bleeding team and therapeutic laser endoscopy practice. These experiences led him to develop an interest in Barrett’s esophagus and help to develop diagnostic tools such as confocal laser endomicroscopy, volume laser endomicroscopy, and molecular imaging as well as therapeutic techniques including photodynamic therapy, radiofrequency ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection, and endoscopic submucosal dissection through funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Ken is very grateful to the ASGE for helping him develop so many friendships in the GI community that allowed him to learn about novel technologies and methods to investigate them.