Texas A&M Professor Named Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association
Posted February 13, 2015
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) announced today that Dr.
Jan Suchodolski has been named Fellow of the American
Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the nation’s oldest medical
society dedicated to disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Through the fellowship program, the AGA honors superior
professional achievement in clinical private or academic practice
and in basic or clinical research. Fellowships are awarded to AGA
members whose accomplishments and contributions demonstrate
personal commitment to the field of gastroenterology.
“Out of the eight veterinarians recognized as fellows of the
AGA, only three work at veterinary schools while the other five are
at medical schools,” said Suchodolski. “It is rewarding to know
that the research we have conducted in the GI Lab at the CVM is
recognized not only for improving the health and well-being of dogs
and cats, but also for serving as a translational model to address
GI problems common in humans as well.”
The GI Lab at the CVM is an internationally known research
program that has developed many of the diagnostic tools that
veterinarians around the world use in their clinical practice. In
addition to Suchodolski, Dr. Jörg Steiner, who serves as the
director of the GI Lab, is a current AGA fellow. Suchodolski and
Steiner oversee the research component of the laboratory as well as
a vibrant clinical pathology referral service.
“Achieving fellowship status in the American Gastroenterological
Association is a superior achievement and it is very unusual for a
veterinarian to be honored in this way,” said Dr. Sharon Kerwin,
interim head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.
“Dr. Suchodolski’s research has a very important impact on human
and animal health and it’s gratifying to see it recognized by such
a prestigious organization.”
The mission of the AGA is to promote the science and practice of
gastroenterology through the support of research, education,
advocacy, and practice.
“AGA acknowledges our members with superior professional
achievement in the field of gastroenterology with fellowship within
our organization,” said John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF, and AGA
Institute President. “We are proud to announce the 2015 inductees
for the AGA Fellowship Program who have been recognized by their
peers and community as being at the forefront of our field.”
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The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice
of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include
17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all
aspects of the science, practice, and advancement of
gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice,
research, and educational programs of the organization.
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