Epidemiology adjunct professor Shaheen elected to leadership position in AGA

April 25, 2006
Two UNC professors have been elected to leadership positions in the American Gastroenterological Association.Dr. Nicholas Shaheen, adjunct professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, has been elected vice chair of the Clinical Practice Section, which is the largest of the sections within the AGA. Shaheen also is an associate professor in UNC’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Balfour Sartor, Margaret W. and Lorimer W. Midgette distinguished professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, School of Medicine, has been elected vice chair of the Immunology, Microbiology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Section of the AGA.

They will serve four-year terms, two years as vice chair and two years as chair. They also will serve as members of the AGA Council, which arranges and conducts the scientific program at the annual meeting, conducts scientific symposia and clinical education programs throughout the year, develops position statements for clinical practice, and provides input and recommendations to the governing board and other committees.

Photograph of Dr. Robert Sandler

Photograph of Dr. Robert Sandler

In addition, Dr. Robert Sandler, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, will become vice president of the AGA in May. He will be vice president for one year and then president-elect for a year, before becoming president of the association for a one-year term in 2008.

The American Gastroenterological Association is the largest and most prestigious professional organization in gastroenterology. Founded in 1897, the association is the oldest medical-specialty society nationwide, and its more than 14,500 members include physicians and scientists who research, diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.


UNC School of Medicine contact: Stephanie Crayton, (919) 966-2860 or scrayton@unch.unc.edu.

For further information please contact Ramona DuBose either by phone at 919-966-7467 or by e-mail at ramona_dubose@unc.edu.