Letter from the Editor


GI & Hepatology News is one of the most widely read publications focused on the gastroenterology community and is the official newspaper of the AGA. The New Gastroenterologist is the AGA publication targeted to trainees and early career physicians. Recognizing the strength of both digital and print communication, the AGA has consolidated its communication media.

John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF
Editor in Chief of GI & Hepatology News

When The New Gastroenterologist debuted almost 3 years ago, it provided a mechanism for the AGA to condense and disseminate information in a single publication for those of us in training or in the early stages of our careers. Since then, The New Gastroenterologist has become a valuable resource for the AGA community and beyond. It is with great excitement that in 2018, The New Gastroenterologist will switch to a primarily digital format. Content will be distributed in quarterly e-newsletters, which will allow for easier distribution via social media. This will allow for the creation of a website archive of past articles that can be easily queried and accessed. Additionally, The New Gastroenterologist will debut an “In Focus” series of concise updates on pertinent topics in our field. These In Focus articles will be published on a quarterly basis in GI & Hepatology News and will undoubtedly be practical and informative features that will be of interest to all AGA members, regardless of their career stage. The first In Focus article, which appears in this issue of GI & Hepatology News, is written by Nitin Ahuja, MD, and James Reynolds, MD, and provides an enlightening overview of the evaluation and management of chronic constipation. I hope that everyone enjoys this new format of The New Gastroenterologist. As always, if you have any feedback, have interest in contributing, or have ideas that you would like to hear about, please contact me ( or Managing Editor Ryan Farrell (

Bryson W. Katona, MD, PhD
Editor in Chief of The New Gastroenterologist

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