Members in the News
Dr. Paul Moayyedi receives 12.5 million CIHR SPOR grant
March 2016 - Paul Moayyedi is receiving one of five large federal grants for pioneering developments in patient-oriented health care, Canada's Minister of Health announced.
The grant, worth $12.5 million, is from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) under Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). The objective of the SPOR networks is to be patient-centered, focusing on improved health outcomes for Canadians.
The IMAGINE-SPOR Chronic Disease Network, led by Dr. Paul Moayyedi, involved a large number of investigators and researchers from across the country as well as a number of partners including the CAG. For more information on SPOR, click here.
Dr. John Wallace has been named to receive the 2017 Horace W. Davenport Distinguished Lectureship award
February 2016 - We are delighted to inform you that Dr. John Wallace has been named to receive the 2017 Horace W. Davenport Distinguished Lectureship award. Congratulations to Dr. Wallace! The award recognizes distinguished lifetime achievement in gastrointestinal and liver physiological research, including accomplishments in research, teaching, training and activities within the American Physiological Society. This is the most prestigious award of the APS Gastrointestinal & Liver Physiology Section.
Dr. Herbert Gaisano (University of Toronto) appointed to the Order of Ontario
January 2016 - Herbert Gaisano, professor and researcher at the University of Toronto's faculty of medicine and one of the world's leading gastroenterologists. He has dedicated his work to the fight against diabetes by exploring the complexities of this pervasive illness and advancement of new treatment strategies. Dr. Gaisano is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2013), won the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award (2012), the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Research Excellence Award (2010) and the Young Investigator Award, Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (1997).
Dr. Keith Sharkey (CAGF) and Dr. Alan Barkun have been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS)
October 2015 – Dr. Keith Sharkey and Dr. Alan Barkun have been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS). To learn more about the CAHS elected fellows, click here.
Emertis FCAHS include Claude Roy, Richard Hamilton, and John Beinenstock and FCHAS include Linda Rabeneck, Charles Bernstein, Steve Collins, Richard Fedorak.
Dr. Elena Verdu is lead investigator in "Gut Reaction: Bacteria May Play an Important Role in How the Body Processes Gluten, Research"
October 2015 – Dr. Elena Verdu, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University is the lead investigator of a team of researchers who have discovered that bacteria found in the gut may contribute to the body’s response to gluten, an important finding that could lead to new treatments for celiac disease. To view the article, click here.
Dr. Louis Liu appointed to Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at UHN and Mount Sinai Hospitals
September 2015 – Dr. Liu assumed the position of Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at UHN and Mount Sinai Hospitals effective September 8, 2015. Dr. Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine of University of Toronto and is a Gastroenterologist consultant of UHN/MSH, based at Toronto Western. He is an active member of the CAG and has been a member of several committees; most recently the Admissions Committee since 2011. In 2009 he started the Neurogastroenteroloy and Motility Fellowship Training program and is a course co-director in the MD program of the University of Toronto. Dr. Liu is the University of Toronto lead of the GI Residency Training Program at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. In addition to his work educating future gastroenterologists locally and internationally, he has authored closed to 100 publications.
Dr. Robert Enns assumes Headship of the UBC Division of Gastroenterology
March 2015 - Dr. Robert Enns will assume Headship of the UBC Division of Gastroenterology effective March 1, 2015. Dr. Enns has been a Clinical Professor of Medicine since 2009. He is currently the Division Head of Gastroenterology at St. Paul’s Hospital. Dr. Enns has been actively involved with the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology and has held several leadership roles including VP Clinical Affairs Committee since 2007, Head Practice Affairs Committee from 2008 to 2009, and Head Clinical Affairs from 2010 to 2013. He has also been the Medical Lead Vancouver Coastal for the Provincial Colorectal Cancer Screening Program since 2013. He is well known for his work in clinical trials and has published over 180 papers. Dr. Enns has been a reviewer and editor for many peer reviewed journals. He was recognized as top 10% of Reviewers by the Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 2009. He was the recipient of the CAG Clinical Visiting Professor Award National Award in 2013.
Dr. John Marshall (McMaster University) and Dr. Eric Yoshida (University of British Columbia) Appointed as New Editors-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
December 2014 - It is with great pleasure that we inform you that Dr. John Marshall (McMaster University) and Dr. Eric Yoshida (University of British Columbia) have been appointed Editors-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CJG&H) effective January 1st, 2015. John and Eric are long-standing, active, and committed members of the CAG and CASL, and have served as Associate Editors of the CJG&H. We look forward to their stewardship of the Journal and wish them every success in this endeavor. Stay tuned, as we are sure they will introduce and champion some exciting new initiatives in the CJG&H.
As outgoing Editor-in-Chief, we take this opportunity to thank Dr. Subrata Ghosh for his service and commitment to the Journal and the CAG.
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) Fellows
May 2014 - The CAHS works in partnership with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering to form the three Member Academies of the Council of Canadian Academies. The academy recognizes the full breadth of academic health science ranging from fundamental science to social science and population health. Fellows elected to the Academy will be well recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science. Such individuals are elected to the organization after a nominating and peer review procedure that seeks to recognize those who are marked by a record of substantial accomplishment. Election to Fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future wellbeing of the health sciences irrespective of the Fellow’s specific discipline.
Congratulations to the following CAG members for being elected to CAHS Fellowship!
John L. Wallace
For more information on CAHS, please visit www.cahs-acss.ca.
Dr. Richard Hunt receives 'Master of the WGO' from the World Gastroenterology Organization! Congratulations, Dr. Hunt!
September, 26, 2013 - The Master of the WGO Award is the highest honor WGO can bestow on a member and is granted only to those individuals who have provided outstanding dedication to the mission of the WGO and achieved distinction in such areas as scholarly research, teaching, service to WGO and the community at large. The Award was created to recognize these contributions and by this recognition provide incentive, encouragement and guidance for others to significantly contribute to their fields. The Masters of the WGO Award is a capstone career award and is given in conjunction with each World Congress of Gastroenterology.
Source: World Gastroenterology Organization http://www.worldgastroenterology.org
Dr. Reena Khanna and Dr. Dustin Loomes attending the Gastro 2013 Young Clinicians Program (YCP)!
August 19, 2013 - Congratulations to Drs. Khanna and Loomes for being selected to participate in the 'Gastro 2013 APDW/WCOG' Young Clinicians Program (YCP) in Shanghai. CAG is pleased to participate in the YCP program through nomination and support of Drs. Khanna and Loomes! The YCP program brings together trainees from around the world who clearly represent future opinion leaders in their respective countries. Drs. Khanna and Loomes will be excellent ambassadors on behalf of the CAG and will have great benefit from participation in this program!
Dr. Andre G. Buret to become a member of The Order of The University of Calgary
April 22, 2013 - The Order of the University of Calgary honours worthy recipients who have a record of exemplary and distinguished service to the University. Dr. Andre Buret will become a member of The Order of The University of Calgary during the 2013 June convocation ceremonies. Congratulations to Dr. Buret!
Dr. John L. Wallace to receive the Heymans Foundation Memorial Medal
April 4, 2013 - Dr. John L. Wallace will receive the Heymans Foundation Memorial Medal in November in Ghent, Belgium. This prestigious award is named after 1938 Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology winner Corneille Heymans. Congratulations to Dr. Wallace.
Congratulations to Dr. Claude Roy: 2013 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductee
December 20, 2012 - INMD congratulates Dr. Claude Roy, who is among the six medical heroes named to Canada’s Medical Hall of Fame. Considered one of the early pioneers in pediatric gastroenterology, Claude is a man of science and humanism who always puts the child first. An outstanding researcher, teacher, and clinician, Dr. Roy played a leading role in the transformation of Ste-Justine University Hospital in Montreal, an internationally-respected child health centre. His research, including infant nutrition, chronic liver disease in children and gastrointestinal and hepatobilliary manifestations of Cystic Fybrosis, has had a major impact on the health of children. Dr. Roy’s ongoing worry that today’s clinicians are becoming increasingly disengaged from scientific research has prompted him to take action at both a national level and with local investigators. Not one to sit back, Dr. Roy continues to work tirelessly to create training programs that are more effective in developing the Clinician Scientist – a key issue for the future of the science and practice of medicine.
Dr. Richard H. Hunt - Master of the American College of Gastroenterology
October 24, 2012 – Because of their recognized stature and achievement in clinical gastroenterology and/or teaching, and/or because of his contribution to the College in service, leadership, and education, Dr. Richard Hunt, MD, MACG has been recommended by the Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees for designation as Masters.
Congratulations to Dr. Charles Bernstein, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
2012 - The Royal Society of Canada promotes learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences. In 2012, Dr. Charles Bernstein was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an honour bestowed upon a select few each year. Congratulations Dr. Bernstein!
Dr. Claude Roy, Named 2013 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductee
October 18, 2012 - Six medical heroes named Canada's 2013 Hall of Fame inductees
Canada has an enduring culture of health care excellence – an achievement worth celebrating yet something we don’t do often enough. The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame – the only one of its kind in the world – aims to change that.
Every year, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame elevates a select few of our country’s most brilliant minds to laureate status. Laureates are those who have pushed the boundaries of discovery and innovation beyond the realm of possibility to make the world a better place.
This year’s inductees, like the 95 laureates who have been similarly recognized since 1994, truly stand out. All are Officers of the Order of Canada, a fitting honour as they embody the good Canadian spirit of grit, perseverance and an overarching sense of humility.
Worthy of the world’s recognition, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 2013 inductees:
Dr. Antoine Hakim (ON)
Dr. Arnold Naimark (MB)
Dr. David MacLennan (ON)
Dr. Bette Stephenson (ON)
Dr. Claude Roy (QC)
The Late Dr. Ian Rusted (NL)
- Research Excellence: Nathalie Rivard (Université de Sherbrooke)
- Education Excellence: Sylvain Coderre (University of Calgary)
- Young Investigator: Gilaad Kaplan (University of Calgary)
- Young Educator: Kevin Waschke (McGill University)
- Visiting Research Professor: Paul Beck (University of Calgary)
- Visiting Clinical Professor: Robert Enns (University of British Columbia)
- Research Excellence: Charles Bernstein (University of Manitoba)
- Education Excellence: Connie Switzer (University of Alberta)
- Young Investigator: Elena Verdu (McMaster University)
- Young Educator: Clarence Wong (University of Alberta)
- Visiting Research Professor: Nicola Jones (University of Toronto)
- Visiting Clinical Professor: David Armstrong (McMaster University)
- Distinguished Service Award: Des Leddin (Dalhousie University)
- Distinguished Service Award: Pierre Paré (Université Laval)
- McKenna Lecturer Award: Richard Hunt (McMaster University)
Dr. Philip Sherman has been awarded the 2010 Shwachman Award
July 2010 - The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently announced $9.6 million in funding over the next five years to Cochrane Canada to help fulfill its mission of cultivating evidence-based health decision-making by promoting the use and accessibility of Cochrane Reviews. Two of the four Cochrane GI groups are located in Canada; the Upper GI & Pancreatic Diseases Group coordinated by Dr. Paul Moayyedi and the IBD & Functional Bowel Disorder Group and the coordinated by Dr. Brian Feagan.
Dr. John Wallace – Recipient of Premier’s Summit Award for Medical Research
TORONTO (May 13, 2009) – Two Ontario researchers – Dr. Benjamin Neel and Dr. John Wallace – were named the 2009 recipients of the Premier's Summit Award for Medical Research at a celebration held at the MaRS Centre.
Congratulations to Dr. John Wallace!
Dr. Paul Moayyedi – Appointed Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology
The CAG is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Moayyedi (McMaster University) & Dr. Bill Chey will be the Editors-in-Chief for the American Journal of Gastroenterology as of January 2010. Congratulations to Dr. Moayyedi for this outstanding achievement.
Dr. Philip M. Sherman Appointed Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes
October 20, 2008 - Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ( CIHR), along with CIHR's Governing Council, announced today the appointment of Dr. Philip M. Sherman as incoming Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes ( CIHR- INMD). This appointment is effective January 1, 2009. For More informaiton, please follow this link.
Dr. John Wallace - New digestive health institute launches with 'super star' leader, October 2008
October 9, 2008 - A $15 million gift today launched a new research institute at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University which will work towards the causes and cures of digestive diseases. For more information, please follow this link.
Dr. Aleixo Muise & Dr. Alan Barkun
June 2008 - Aleixo Muise, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Toronto, Ontario, is the recipient of the 2008 Canadian Research Award for Specialty Residents, Division of Medicine. Dr. Muise was selected for his manuscript titled "Protein-tyrosine phosphatase sigma is associated with ulcerative colitis," which was published in Current Biology, Volume 17, July 2007. His manuscript was written with mentors Dr. Daniela Rotin, Dr. Anne Griffiths, Dr. Phil Sherman and Dr. Mark Silverberg and provides novel genetic and functional insight into the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease.
March 2008 - The McGill University Division of Gastroenterology announces with great pleasure that Dr. Alan Barkun is this year's recipient of the André-Viallet prize. This honour is awarded by the Association des Gastro-Entérologues du Québec as peer-recognition for an individual's life-long achievements in the broad field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and is an acknowledgment of the importance of the awardee's clinical and research works, peer-community implication, collaboration, and notoriety regionally, nationally, and internationally. It is the most prestigious prize awarded by the provincial professional association.
Dr. William Paterson
February 2008 - This past fall the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes (INMD) welcomed Dr. William G. Paterson to its Advisory Board.
As a clinician-scientist and gastroenterologist, Dr. Paterson says he can "provide the INMD with important insights into key research challenges in digestive diseases and nutrition that should be addressed over the next decade," adding that he "will also be a strong advocate for CIHR playing a leadership role in nurturing the training and career development of new clinician-scientists." [source: INMD Update, February 2008 edition]
CAG Receives RCPSC Innovation Award
September 20, 2012 - CAG was selected to receive a 2012 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award for its educational portal “CAG Educational Portal (ePortal)”. On behalf of the CAG and the Education Affairs, Dr. Kevin Waschke received the award at the Royal College’s CPD Accreditation meeting on September 20, 2012. The award is a tribute to the work of many from the CAG Education Affairs and the ePortal Committee over the last few years. Details of the award may be found on the Royal College website at the following link.
Dr. Jon Meddings Appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
March 22, 2012 - Congratulations to Dr. Jon Meddings on his appointment to Dean of the Faculty of Medicine for the University of Calgary, effective July 1, 2012. For more information, please visit the following link.
Dr. Paul Kubes Named Canada's Health Researcher of the Year
November 16, 2011 - Congratulations to Dr Paul Kubes for being selected to receive the prestigious '2011 Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year' award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The CIHR’s Canadian Researcher of the Year Prize is the CIHR's most prestigious prize in its annual Canadian Health Research Awards.
CAG Receives RCPSC Innovation Award
September 2011 - CAG was recently selected to receive a 2011 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award for its practice audit program “Quality Program in Endoscopy (QP-E: colonoscopy)”. The review committee was impressed with CAG’s submission and the innovative educational tool developed which not only enhances life-long learning strategies of gastroenterologists but also contributes to the improvement of patient outcomes by addressing the issue of patient wait times. On behalf of the CAG and the QP-E Committee, Dr. David Armstrong received the award at the Royal College’s CPD Accreditation meeting in September. The award is a tribute to the work of many from the Practice Audit and Quality Groups over the last 10 years. Data from this initiative was published in the January issue of the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology.
Dr. John Wallace Selected to Receive the "William Harvey Outstanding Contribution to Science Award"
April 2011 - Congratulations to Dr John Wallace for being selected to receive the "William Harvey Outstanding Contribution to Science Award", to be awarded during the William Harvey Research Institute’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations in London, UK, July 11-12, 2011.
Dr. Philip Sherman receives the Shwachman Award!
September 2010 - Congratulation to Dr. Philip Sherman (The Hospital for Sick Children) for being the recipient of the Shwachman award. The Shwachman Award is given by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) to a person who has made major, lifelong scientific or educational contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology or nutrition in North America.
CIHR announces 5-year funding for Upper GI and IBD Cochrane Groups
Dr. David Armstrong & the CAG Quality Program in Endoscopy Group – Receive a Clinical Research Award from the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)!
March 2010 - Congratulations to Dr. David Armstrong for submitting a successful application on behalf of the CAG Quality Program in Endoscopy Group (Alan Barkun, Catherine Dubé, Rob Enns, Don MacIntosh) to the ACG and receiving funding towards the project “A Pilot Study to Develop and Evaluate a Multifaceted Educational Tool for Use in a Prospective, Cluster-Randomized Trial of Practice Audit and Targeted Education for Endoscopy Quality Improvement”.
Dr. Muise’s research was supported by a fellowship from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program and the Thrasher Foundation. He is presently completing his Fellowship in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) and will continue this work at HSC with a Transition Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada/Canadian Association of Gastroenterology/Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR).