ASGE names Dr. Douglas Faigel president: 5 key points

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has appointed Douglas O. Faigel, MD, FASGE, as its president.

Here are five things to know about the GI society's new leader.

1. Dr. Faigel is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. He also serves as the chair of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology and director of therapeutic endoscopy. Additionally, he is the program director of the advanced endoscopy fellowship.

2. Before joining Mayo Clinic, Dr. Faigel was on the faculty of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, and served as the director of endoscopy at Portland VA Medical Center.

3. Dr. Faigel has been a member of the ASGE since 1996. He became a fellow of the organization in 2006. He has been treasurer and chaired several committees.

4. In addition to his responsibilities with Mayo and the ASGE, Dr. Faigel is the director of the World Endoscopy Organization's Program for Endoscopic Teachers. He is also active in research; he has written more than 200 papers, reviews, chapters and abstracts.

5. Dr. Faigel earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He underwent his residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. He returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete fellowships in gastroenterology and therapeutic endoscopy.

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