A Special Virtual Run/Walk to Benefit ACG Summer Scholars and Celebrate Diversity!

Join your ACG colleagues and the GI community for the Second Annual Diversity in GI Virtual 5K! This virtual event invites ACG members to get outside, run or walk, log their time on a special website, and pose for selfies in race tees, medals, and bibs for social media using #DiversityinGI to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and community in GI and medicine in the weeks leading up to and during the ACG 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (October 22 to 27, 2021).

There is a small registration fee of $27 but, thanks to generous sponsorships from Ironwood and AbbVie, proceeds of the event will benefit the ACG Summer Scholars mentorship program for medical students and residents from groups underrepresented in medicine. ACG is working with a virtual race company (goneforarun.com).

New Swag in 2021! ACG is making a good thing even better this year and race registration now includes an elegant medal for all participants. We hope everyone will wear this excellent swag with great pride.

How It Works

Registrants will run or walk on their own, log their activity online, take photos in race swag and celebrate via social media using #DiversityinGI during the ACG 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Note on Logistics: ACG is working with a virtual race company, goneforarun.com, and once you register goneforarun.com will ship the tee and medal by U.S. Mail, and you can download and print the race bib.

Benefitting the ACG’s Summer Scholars

This year, the College is so grateful that Ironwood returns as a sponsor and AbbVie adds its sponsorship support. All proceeds will benefit the ACG Summer Scholars mentorship program for medical students and residents from groups underrepresented in medicine. In 2020, this event raised over $30,000 thanks to generous sponsorships from Ironwood and Braintree/Sebela and race registrations. Thank you to our sponsors!

ACG’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

ACG’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is stronger than ever. For 2022, a new Health Equity Research Award will provide $50,000 in funding, a bold new Center within the ACG Institute dedicated to Leadership, Ethics & Equity will be announced in Las Vegas, and the College’s efforts to call out racism and bigotry and educate around important issues of health equity will stand as a testament to our leadership’s commitment to and action around these issues, and as a source of pride today, and inspiration for the future.

Dr. Balzora, Dr. Gray, and the ACG leaders who are part of this year’s Race Committee hope this 5K virtual event will grow 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 for the upcoming ACG 2021 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, Vice Chair, ACG Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee; NYU Langone Health

Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG, Chair, ACG Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee; Chief Healthy Equity Officer at Anthem, Inc.

Race Committee

Neena S. Abraham, MD, MSc, FACG, Director, ACG Institute; Mayo Clinic Scottsdale


Anita Afzali, MD, MPH, FACG, The Ohio State University


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


Adjoa N. Anyane-Yeboa, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital


Tauseef Ali, MD, FACG, Chair, ACG Public Relations Committee; St. Anthony’s Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK


Cristina Almansa, MD, PhD, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals


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


Fritz François, MD, FACG, NYU Langone Health


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


Alyson McGhan Johnson, MD, Duke University School of Medicine


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


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


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


Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, NYU Langone Health


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

A Selection of 2020 Social Media Posts Celebrate Diversity

The response to the race last year in 2020 was stunning and inspiring, and, during the challenges of COVID-19, it was such a ray of hope to bring the GI community together in such a meaningful way. If you want to go down memory lane from 2020, here are some summary slides.


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, FACG
Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG
John D. Betteridge, MD
Amanda C. Cheung, MD
Austin L. Chiang, MD, MPH
Maithili V. Chitnavis, MD
Reezwana Chowdhury, MD
Robin L. Dalal, MD
Mohamad El Zein, MD
Katie A. Falloon, MD
Esteban J. Figueroa, MD
Adam J. Goodman, MD, FACG
Danny Issa, MD
Ankur Jain, MD, FACG
Leo C. Katz, MD, FACG
Jonathan S. Kung, MD
Adam C. Lessne, MD
Benjamin H. Levy, III, 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
Shawn Shah, MD
Pooja Singhal, MD, FACG
Joshua A. Sloan, DO
Christopher D. South, MD, FACG
Ellen M. Stein, MD
David W. Victor MD, FACG
Abdillahi M. Abdinoor, MD
Somaya A.M. Albhaisi, MD
Adjoa N. Anyane-Yeboa, MD
Sumant Arora, MD
Fray M. Arroyo-Mercado, MD
Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG
Lanla Conteh, MD
Lukejohn W. Day, MD
Kalpit H. Devani, MD
Erina. N. Foster, MD, FACG
Venu Gangireddy, MD
Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG
Muhannad M. Heif, MD
Dominique E. Howard, MD, FACG
Daniel S. Jamorabo, MD
Alyson M. Johnson, MD
Gordon Kim, DO
Jose R. Martin, MD, FACG
Cecilia Minano, MD
Kenneth O. Obi, MD
Philip N. Okafor, 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-Winful, MD
Nihar N. Shah, MD, FACG
Belen A. Tesfaye, MD
Shifa Umar, MD
Vaibhav Wadhwa, MD
Shani H. Woolard, MD
Neena S. Abraham, MD, MSc (Epi), FACG
Jean-Paul Achkar, MD, FACG
William D. Chey, MD, FACG
Dayna S. Early, 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
John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG
Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG
Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
Brennan M. R. 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.

  • Read more about the campaign HERE.