A Special Virtual Run/Walk Raised More Than $30,000 for ACG Summer Scholars and Celebrated Diversity and the GI Community!

ACG members embraced a virtual race and over 500 participated in a celebration of the diversity of the GI profession! When the College launched the ACG 2020 #DiversityinGI Virtual 5K, no one could have imagined the high levels of enthusiasm, intensity of the rivalries, the incredible sense of fun, or the serious depth of commitment among so many ACG members, their friends, families and colleagues — all of whom showed their support and commitment to diversity in GI, and shed a light on a critical issue in gastroenterology and medicine.

The social media posts, special runs organized by some of the GI training programs, and the tremendous sense of camaraderie were all so gratifying to race Co-Chairs Dr. Sophie Balzora and Dr. Darrell Gray. Champions from the 5K Race committee — all of them serious runners — added their voices and encouragement, while turning in some impressive race times!

Early morning runs, walks with friends and families, runs through snow, runs in the bright desert sunshine, time with pets, wellness events for fellows-in-training, and images from some pretty amazing locations were some of the highlights this year.

The rhyming rivalries started on Twitter by Dr. Fritz Francois added some hilarity to storyline of the #DiversityinGI Virtual 5K and uncovered some serious talent among our members.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

The event raised over $30,000 thanks to generous sponsorships from Ironwood and Braintree/Sebela and race registrations. All proceeds will benefit the ACG Summer Scholars mentorship program for medical students and residents from groups under-represented in medicine.

A Selection of Social Media Posts Celebrate Diversity

ACG’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Under the leadership of Dr. Darrell Gray and Dr. Sophie Balzora — and with inspiration and commitment from ACG President Dr. Mark Pochapin this year — the College has strengthened and deepened its longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, has spoken out publicly and unequivocally against racism and bigotry, and has convened the right people to define a path forward and to transform words and intentions into meaningful and actionable strategies for change.

Dr. Balzora and Dr. Gray hope this 5K virtual event will strengthen of the spirit of inclusion, representation and community that is at the center of the life of the College and offer a dose of healthy activity as we gather virtually for the upcoming ACG 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Race Sponsors

The College is deeply grateful to our Race Sponsors as champions of diversity in GI and partners in advancing clinical excellence and patient care. Thank you!

Race Chairs

Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG, NYU Langone Health

Chair ACG Public Relations Committee

Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Chair, ACG Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Race Committee

Maria T. Abreu, MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


Manasi Agrawal, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Cristina Almansa, MD, PhD, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals


Aline Charabaty, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Hopkins-Sibley Hospital


Robynne K. Chutkan, MD, Digestive Center for Wellness, Washington, DC


David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dana J. Lukin, MD, PhD, FACG, Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital


Michael Mattei, Senior Product Manager Sebela Pharmaceuticals/Braintree Laboratories


Neilanjan Nandi, MD, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania


Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale Arizona


Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, FACG, The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, Weill Cornell Medicine


Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


Ex Officio Members of the Race Committee

ACG Public Relations CommitteeACG Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CommitteeACG Board of Trustees
Manal F. Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, FACG
Tauseef Ali, MD, FACG
Jessica R. Allegretti, MD, MPH
Harry R. Aslanian, MD, FACG
Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG
John D. Betteridge, MD
Austin L. Chiang, MD, MPH
Reezwana Chowdhury MD
Robin L. Dalal, MD
Adam J. Goodman, MD, FACG
Ankur Jain, MD, FACG
Leo C. Katz, MD, FACG
Jonathan S. Kung, MD
Benjamin H. Levy, III, MD
Scot M. Lewey, DO, FACG
Phillip C. Lindholm, MD
Dana J. Lukin, MD, PhD, FACG
Lisa B. Malter, MD, FACG
Maen Masadeh, MD
Samantha Nazareth, MD, FACG
Jose M. Nieto, DO, FACG
Francisco C. Ramirez, MD, FACG
Patricia L. Raymond, MD, FACG
Mark W. Russo, MD, MPH, FACG
Shabnam Sarker, MD
Shawn Shah, MD
Pooja Singhal, MD, FACG
Joshua A. Sloan, DO
Christopher D. South, MD, FACG
Ellen M. Stein, MD
Renuka Umashanker, MD, FACG
David W. Victor MD, FACG
Allison L. Yang, MD
Anita Afzali, MD, MPH, FACG
Sangeeta Agrawal, MD, FACG
Adjoa N. Anyane-Yeboa, MD
Sumant Arora, MD
Fray M. Arroyo-Mercado, MD
Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG
Andres F. Carrion, MD
Lanla Conteh, MD
Lukejohn W. Day, MD
Kalpit H. Devani, MD
Venu Gangireddy, MD
Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG
Nasser Hajar, MD
Muhannad M. Heif, MD
Daniel S. Jamorabo, MD
Alyson M. Johnson, MD
Priyanka Kanth, MD, FACG
Nabeel H. Khan MD
Gordon Kim, DO
Cecilia Minano, MD
Kenneth O. Obi, MD
Philip N. Okafor, MD
Mohamed O. Othman, MD
Leybelis Padilla, MD
Krunal Patel, MD
Luis R. Pena, MD, FACG
Stephanie D. Pointer, MD
Benjamin D. Renelus, MD
Mankanwal S. Sachdev, MD
Dalbir S. Sandhu, MD
Terilyn R. Scott-Winfu,l MD
Nihar N. Shah, MD, FACG
Ali A. Siddiqui, MD
Umair Sohail, MD
Belen A. Tesfaye, MD
Shifa Umar, MD
Vaibhav Wadhwa, MD
Pascale M. White, MD
Javelle A. Wynter, MD
Philippe J. Zamor, MD
Jean-Paul Achkar, MD, FACG
William D. Chey, MD, FACG
David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG
Immanuel K. H. Ho, MD, FACG
Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG
Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG
Paul Y. Kwo, MD, FACG
Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
Jonathan A. Leighton, MD, FACG
Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG
Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG
Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG
Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG
Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG
Renee L. Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG
Patrick E. Young, MD, FACG


About the #DiversityinGI Social Media Campaign

Diversity and inclusion in gastroenterology and medicine are the focus of ACG’s social media campaign launched in April 2019 by the ACG Public Relations Committee in collaboration with the ACG Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion under the leadership of Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG and Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG, who are the respective committee chairs.

The campaign aims to increase visibility of and promote diversity and inclusion within gastroenterology through the #DiversityInGI hashtag. The primary goals of the campaign are to motivate students and postgraduate trainees who aspire to a career in the GI field and enrich the pipeline of trainees and providers from underrepresented populations.

Upon its launch, the campaign generated an immediate wave of photos and personal reflections by U.S. gastroenterologists and colleagues around the world, as well as coverage by Healio Gastroenterology and Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.

Beginning in 2019, the College partners with pediatric colleagues from NASPGHAN to engage new fellows and celebrate the diversity of incoming trainees in gastroenterology by reaching out to GI program directors and engaging via social media at the start of the academic year on July 1st.

Mentions of the #DiversityinGI campaign have been included in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology and the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, as well as a recent article in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, “Improving Diversity and Inclusion in GI,” co-authored by Dr. Balzora, Dr. Gray, and Dr. Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa.

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