ACG elects Dr. Kenneth DeVault president: 5 things to know

The American College of Gastroenterology has elected its 2015 to 2016 president.

Here are five things to know.

1. Kenneth R. DeVault, MD, FACG, was elected the GI society's new president. Dr. DeVault assumed his new role during the ACG's Annual Scientific Meeting in Honolulu, Oct. 16 to Oct. 21.

2. Dr. DeVault is a professor and chair of the department of medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville.

3. He has been an active member of the ACG. He has been a member of the board of trustees, as well as holding positions including treasurer, vice president and president-elect.

4. "The College is in an incredibly strong position, supporting clinical practice, research and education.  My personal philosophy of leadership is to advocate for continuous improvement and I intend to bring that attitude to my ACG presidency. I am specifically interested in boosting the professional standing of our specialty and encouraging and recognizing volunteerism while continuing ACG's leadership on public health challenges such as colorectal cancer and hepatitis C," said Dr. DeVault.

5. Dr. DeVault earned his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He then completed his residency and fellowship training at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

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