Celebrating 15 years of excellence


The inaugural issue of GI & Hepatology News was published in January 2007, and the newspaper has gone on to become part of the fabric of the AGA. This year, we celebrate the newspaper’s 15th year with a special 15th Anniversary Series that will run from June through December 2022. We will feature reflections from GIHN’s three former editors-in-chief, Dr. Charles J. Lightdale, Dr. Colin Howden, and Dr. John Allen, on the evolution of the newspaper (and the field of GI) over the past 15 years. We also will present a series of Then and Now columns, highlighting high-impact areas of GI and hepatology covered in past GIHN issues, and reflecting on how the field has changed since that time.

Dr. Megan A. Adams

Dr. Megan A. Adams

In this month’s issue, we are pleased to kick off the 15th Anniversary Series with reflections by Dr. Lightdale, GIHN’s inaugural editor-in-chief, as well as a Then and Now column written by Dr. Kimberly M. Persley (GIHN associate editor and longstanding AGA member) reflecting on how the demographics of gastroenterology and of the AGA as an organization have changed over the past 15 years. I hope you will find these special contributions to be engaging and thought-provoking. Other issue highlights include a lead article describing impacts of social determinants of health in driving disparities in IBD care and offering recommendations for achieving IBD health equity, a new AGA Clinical Practice Update on dietary options for our many patients with irritable bowel syndrome, and new data on the safety of anti-TNF medications prior to surgery in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

As summer vacation season commences, I hope you will join me in taking some well-deserved time away from work demands, spending some quality time with friends and family, and seizing the opportunity to rest and recharge.

Megan A. Adams, MD, JD, MSc

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