The American Gastroenterological Association appointed Fasiha Kanwal, MD, the first female editor-in-chief of an AGA journal — Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Here are five things to know:
1. Dr. Kanwal will begin her five-year term as editor-in-chief of the research journal on July 1, 2017. She is currently the associate and special section editor of the publication.
2. Dr. Kanwal is associate professor of medicine and associate chief of research in the section of gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She has held several administrative academic positions there, including clinical research director and co-director of a research training grant.
3. A board of editors will join Dr. Kanwal in creating the publication. The board of editors includes members from North America, Europe and Asia with experience in several GI topics, including evidence-based medicine, inflammatory bowel disease and viral hepatitis.
4. Throughout her career, Dr. Kanwal achieved several professional accomplishments and lead the HCV/liver workgroup for the AGA Institute Quality Measures Committee. She was the chair of an AGA task force on the development of a clinical pathway for HCV.
5. She will follow Dr. Hashem El-Serag as editor-in-chief.
“The incoming team is fully committed to maintaining and furthering the status of CGH by enhancing areas that were deemed as the most useful by our readers and by introducing features which will be considered unique to CGH,” said Dr. Kanwal.