The AGA Corporate Roundtable meeting was held on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner in McLean, VA. This new half-day meeting is one of the new benefits for roundtable members AGA implemented to enhance our corporate partners’ roundtable experience.

Thirty representatives from 13 corporate roundtable member companies attended the meeting, which focused on networking with members of AGA Leadership and discussing issues of importance to the GI community.

Our recap of the meeting will give you insight into the robust agenda that was developed for the meeting.

Sessions with key opinion leaders

The first session was titled Patient Experience: It’s not about satisfaction and was led by James Merlino, MD. Dr. Merlino is the chief transformation officer at Press Ganey.

Press Ganey’s mission is to support health care providers in understanding and improving the entire patient experience. As a strategic business partner to more than 26,000 health care organizations, they lead the industry in helping clients transform the patient experience and create continuous, sustainable improvement.

Dr. Merlino’s presentation discussed the definition of patient experience and reviewed critical connections between safety, quality, experience and engagement.

The second session was presented by Pankaj J. Pasricha, MD, and was titled The Academic Entrepreneur: An emerging career path that could transform American medicine. Dr. Pasricha is the founding chair of AGA’s Center for GI Innovation and Technology. He is currently the vice chair of medicine for innovation and commercialization at Johns Hopkins. He is also the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology as well as the newly created Food, Body and Mind Center. In addition, he holds appointments as professor in the department of neurosciences in the School of Medicine and at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

Dr. Pasricha talked about the emerging cadre of entrepreneurs in academic medical centers and how partnership between academic entrepreneurs and industry can enrich innovation efforts.

Breakouts: One-on-one with AGA Leadership and group discussions

To provide more engagement opportunities with AGA Leadership, each company participated in a 20 minute one-on-one session with a member of the AGA Governing Board. The sessions were an opportunity for industry to discuss items of importance with our leadership – influential members within the field.

Small group discussions occurred in conjunction with the one-on-one sessions on a variety of topics including patient engagement, innovation, advocacy and clinical trials.

Keynote address

We were particularly excited to welcome our keynote speaker, Mr. Neil Newhouse, a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies – a national political and public affairs research firm. Mr. Newhouse has worked in public opinion research for more than 30 years and has helped elect dozens of members of Congress, U.S. Senators, and Governors. Mr. Newhouse was the lead pollster for Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign. He has won praise from both sides of the political aisle, having been described by Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Ed Rendell as “one of the most respected pollsters in the country.”

Mr. Newhouse’s keynote address was titled 2018 Mid-Term Elections: How we got here, and what’s likely to happen. He reviewed the country’s political environment, discussed how we got to where we are today, whether it’s ripe for a Blue Wave or not, and provided predictions for the House and Senate races of Nov. 6.

This concludes our recap of the Nov. 2 meeting.

We are looking ahead to future corporate roundtable meetings in 2019. Save the date: Corporate roundtable meeting will occur during the 2019 Digestive Disease Week® on Saturday, May 18, in San Diego, California.

Thank you to all who participated at the corporate roundtable meeting. AGA is committed to continuing the conversations from the meeting year-round.

Please don’t hesitate to connect with us – send us an email at roundtable@gastro.org.