Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, became president of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy May 2, and will serve through May 2021.
Here are four things to know about Dr. Mergener:
1. Dr. Mergener joined ASGE in 1994, becoming a fellow in 2007. He held several roles in the organization, including serving as vice chair of the ASGE Foundation board of trustees and serving as a councilor on the ASGE governing board. He served as the organization's vice president from 2018-19 and as president-elect from 2019-20.
2. He is a professor of medicine at Seattle-based University of Washington School of Medicine. He is active in the clinical, research, teaching and administrative arenas.
3. Dr. Mergener has made education a top priority of his term. He intends to continue ASGE's hands-on courses and networking events and aims to create a series of "custom-tailored educational products and virtual learning opportunities."
4. He will also lead ASGE's COVID-19 Response Management Team, which has created guidance for gastroenterologists to follow during the pandemic.