Accomplished gastroenterologist, former AGA president Dr. Marvin Sleisenger passes away

Former AGA President and Gastroenterology Editor Marvin Sleisenger, MD, 93, died Oct. 19.

Dr. Sleisenger was the editor of Gastroenterology from 1965 and 1970. He was also AGA's president in 1976.

He earned his medical degree from Boston-based Harvard Medical School. He completed medical training at Harvard, Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania and at New York City-based Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Sleisenger is a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the U.S. Naval Medical Corps.

He was on Weill Cornell Medicine's faculty, eventually becoming chief of gastroenterology. He also served at UC San Francisco, where he was the vice chairman of the department of medicine. AGA awarded him a Distinguished Educator Award in 1994.

AGA also awarded Dr. Sleisenger the Julius Friedenwald Medal in 1989 for his significant contributions to AGA and the field of gastroenterology.

In lieu of family donations, his family asks donations be made to the UCSF Marvin H. Sleisenger M.D. Endowed Chair in Medicine.

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