Providing Noteworthy Speakers for Training in Your Communities

The goal of the ACG Edgar Achkar Visiting Professorship Program, which honors former ACG Institute Director, Edgar Achkar, MD, MACG, is to enable GI fellowship programs to have high-quality visiting professors to bolster the training program by providing lectures, small group discussions, panel discussions, and one-on-one visits with trainees and faculty. You choose the speaker, the Institute covers the travel costs and honorarium.

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I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the fellows who were very engaging and asked great questions related to IBD and career development. This is an outstanding opportunity to bring in a speaker from outside one’s institution allowing exchange of ideas, professional and career development.
Dr. Laura E. Raffals

How It Works:

The purpose of these visits is to reach a diverse number of programs while aiming to maximize the impact of each visit by targeting GI training programs, which could also leverage an additional community event with local ACG member physicians, sometimes in conjunction with a local gut club. The programs offer expertise for a specific area of need at each institution.

Since the program’s inception in 2014, the Institute has supported more than 91 visits in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.

New! ACG Visiting Scholar in Equity, Diversity, and Ethical Care

The Visiting Scholar in Equity, Diversity, and Ethical Care will provide lectures to create awareness around the issues and challenges related to delivering equitable care, respecting diversity, and instilling ethical decision making. A section of the EAVP application will allow institutions to include a focus on equity, diversity, and/or ethical care. These topics can be offered as stand alone lectures or in conjunction with a disease state topic driven visit (i.e., Endoscopic Considerations in Underserved Populations). Learn more about the application process here: gi.org/acg-institute/acg-visiting-scholar

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Past Speakers


Locations of Previous EAVP Visits

2022 ACG Edgar Achkar
Visiting Professorships

Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, Mphil
Geisinger Medical Center
March 11

Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
University of Virginia
March 18

Rachel Issaka, MD
Mount Sinai Hospital
March 25

David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
April 14

Nicole E. Rich, MD
University of Miami
April 21

Tyler Berzin, MD
Cleveland Clinic
April 27

Marcelo F. Vela, MD, MSCR, FACG
Tufts Medical Center
May 12-13

Satish S.C. Rao, MD, PhD, FACG
The Wright Center for GME
May 31

Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG
Mayo Clinic Arizona
June 9

Renee Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
June 22

Allison R. Schulman, MD, MPH
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
September 14-15

Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
University of South Alabama
September 21-22

Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD, FACG
UC Riverside
September 22-23