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CGA COMMITTEES

The purpose of the CGA Committees is to foster an environment of collaboration and to offer members greater involvement with the society.

If you're interested in being a part of a CGA-IGC committee please contact info@cgaigc.com

Education

The Education Committee shapes year-round educational content for CGA-IGC. The education committee’s major projects have included planning and hosting webinars, recording podcasts and posting monthly multi-disciplinary journal scans. Collaboration with other committees on important initiatives, particularly involving DEI issues, is essential. The committee also plans to organize online journal clubs and challenging case discussions. We are looking for creative members enthusiastic about expanding current educational efforts. 

CGA Council Liaisons

Beth Yurkovich, MS, MPH, CGC

Zsofia Stadler, MD

Chair

Anu Chittenden, MS, CGC
Vice Chair
Veroushka Ballester, MD, MS
Members
Maureen May, MS, CGC
Leah Biller, MD
Sonia Kupfer, MD
TJ Slavin, MD
Jess Stoll, MS, CGC
Lisen Axell, MS, CGC
Nicolette Rodriguez, MD, MPH
Pooja Dharwadkar, MD
Joshua Sommovilla, MD
Jessica Long, MS, CGC

Research

The Research Committee is responsible for shaping research programming throughout the year and at the annual meeting. This includes soliciting and reviewing/scoring research abstracts, nominating abstracts for plenary presentations and awards, organizing poster walks at the annual meeting, and organizing collaborative research sessions throughout the year (webinars) and at the annual meeting. The committee also helps collect and curate resources to assist members who are interested in research. Members may also be invited to review grant submissions with the grant review committee. 

CGA Council Liaisons

Bryson Katona, MD, PhD

Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, MD, PhD

Chair
Rachel Hodan, MS, CGC
Vice Chair: 
Linda Rodgers, MS, CGC
Members
Mev Dominguez-Valentin, PhD
Kathryn Mraz, MS, CGC
Brian Shirts, MD, PhD
Priyanka Kanth, MD, MS
Sanjeevani Arora, PhD
David Liska, MD, MA
Joshua Melson, MD, MA
Francesc Balaguer, MD, PhD, AGAF
Dan Li, MD
Jose Guillem, MD, MPH
Joanne Jeter, MD

Charite Ricker, MS, CGC

Membership

The Membership Cmmittee is focused on growing CGA-IGC membership. This committee will work closely with the executive council and other working committees to develop CGA activities that can draw new membership. We welcome members who have leadership positions or connections with multidisciplinary professional scientific societies to facilitate collaborations. New ideas about growing CGA-IGC membership are welcome. 

CGA Council Liaisons

Fay Kastrinos, MD, MPH

Chair

Julie Moskowitz, MS, CGC

Vice Chair

Charles Muller, MD

Members

Michelle Savage, MS, CGC

Danielle McKenna, MS, CGC

Giulia Martina Cavestro, MD, PhD

Cathryn Koptiuch, MS, CGC

Christine Drogan, CGC

Michelle Springer, MS, CGC

Warren Stopak, DO

Nicholas Bartell, MD

Claudio Heine, MD

Kimberley Hilfrank, MS, MPH

David Dubin, Pt Advocate

Pardeep Kaurah, PhD, CGC

Communications

This committee is focused on promoting CGA-IGC activities via multimedia platforms (social media, website postings, newsletters, lay media press releases). This committee will work closely with the executive council and other working committees to optimize wide promotion of CGA activities. Committee members are responsible for reviewing CGA content (such as webinars, podcasts, journal scans, clinical resources) and providing content summaries that can be used in communications. No experience with social media is required, however members will be required to create a Twitter account to engage with CGA content. Joining this committee is a great way to improve written/social media communication skills and increase your visibility/presence.

CGA Council Liaisons

Fay Kastrinos, MD, MPH

Chair

Julie Moskowitz, MS, CGC

Vice Chair

Charles Muller, MD

Members

Michelle Savage, MS, CGC

Danielle McKenna, MS, CGC

Giulia Martina Cavestro, MD, PhD

Cathryn Koptiuch, MS, CGC

Christine Drogan, CGC

Michelle Springer, MS, CGC

Warren Stopak, DO

Nicholas Bartell, MD

Claudio Heine, MD

Kimberley Hilfrank, MS, MPH

David Dubin, Pt Advocate

Pardeep Kaurah, PhD, CGC

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The DEI committee is responsible for promoting diversity and inclusiveness throughout the organization, including in its membership, governance and education programming. Each member acts as an ambassador to another working committee to ensure all activities adhere to the CGA-IGC Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Activities include guiding educational content, drafting multimedia communications content (social media, e-blasts, website posts), developing resources to assist members in caring for underserved populations, promoting diversity in the organizations through member programs, and annual meeting planning. 

CGA Council Liaisons

Mike Hall, MD, MS

Chair
Greg Idos, MD, MS
Vice Chair
Pardeep Kaurah, PhD, CGC

Members
Nicolette Rodriguez, MD, MPH

Linda Rodgers, MS, CGC

Daniel Pineda-Alvarez, MD

Charite  Ricker, MS, CGC

Amie Blanco, MS, GC

Lauren Gima, MS, LCGC

Charlie Muller, MD

Meeting Planning

The Meeting Planning Committee is responsible for planning the annual meeting. The committee is led by the current CGA-IGC President and creates the program, suggests invited speakers and helps communicate with speakers and moderators as necessary. Committee members are required to attend the annual meeting and often serve as moderators for the sessions. This committee benefits most from DIVERSITY of members (surgeons, counselors, scientists, gastroenterologists, oncologists). Meeting planning will be done in close communication with Council and the DEI committee. 

Chair
Swati Patel, MD, MS
Vice Chair

Peter Stanich, MD

Members

Randall Brand, MD

Greg Idos, MD, MS

Aimee Lucas, MD, MS

Aparajita Singh, MD, MPH

Jose Perea, MD, PhD

Maureen Mork, MS, CGC

Michael Hall, MD, MS

Gautam Mankaney, MD

Alicia Latham, MD

Dana Zakalik, MD

Grant Review

The Grant Review Committee is responsible for reviewing and scoring CGA-IGC grant proposals. Committee members are also tasked with tracking grant recipient progress, reviewing no-cost extensions, and approving final reports. Committee members participate in presentation of grant awards at the annual meeting and moderating research sessions for grant recipients.