If you were unable to attend last month’s AGA Corporate Roundtable meeting, which took place on Nov. 15, 2019, at the AGA Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, read the meeting recap below. Roundtable members heard from two guest speakers and had the opportunity to meet and network with members of AGA leadership to discuss issues of importance to the GI community.

Sessions with key opinion leaders

The first session was titled “Role of social media in shaping patient perspectives” and was led by Austin L. Chiang, MD, MPH. Dr. Chiang is the chief medical social media officer at Jefferson Health.

Dr. Chiang’s presentation covered a physician’s perspective about social media, health care providers’ responsibility with social media, and an overview of the platforms including benefits and risks of social media. In addition, he discussed social media as a source of medical knowledge and how clinicians need incentives to participate in public dialogue to impact public health.

The second session was presented by James Leavitt, MD, FACG, titled “The Modern GI Practice – Surviving and Thriving in Times of Extreme Change.” Dr. Leavitt is president and chief clinical officer at Gastro Health.

Dr. Leavitt’s presentation discussed new models of care in GI and health care and how they might affect industry’s approach to gastroenterologists. The presentation covered what the health care landscape will look like in the next five years and how health care reform will affect our future. In addition, the session provided an overview of the role of private equity investors in GI practices.

AGA updates from AGA Institute president

AGA Institute President Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, AGAF, gave an overview of AGA’s new strategic plan to support AGA’s new mission statement: Empowering clinicians and researchers to improve digestive health.

AGA is committed to the full spectrum of our members, from researchers to clinicians. We aim to make a positive impact in the lives of our members and their patients and have adopted four new goals to help inform our priorities and guide our decision-making. See the graphic below to view AGA’s new strategic plan goals.


Breakouts: One-on-one with AGA leadership discussions

Each company participated in two 30-minutes one-on-one sessions with a member of the AGA leadership. The sessions provided roundtable members an opportunity for industry to discuss items of importance with our leadership and invited speakers.

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