University of Rochester Physician Honored by American Gastroenterological Association Foundation

March 28, 2007

Richard G. Farmer, M.D., professor of Medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center is being honored by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition for his exemplary contributions to gastroenterology through mentoring. A 2007 Mentors Research Scholar Award will be permanently endowed in his name. 

“The AGA Foundation Mentor Honorees are a select group of individuals who have performed meritorious service as mentors to the world’s gastroenterology trainees and have provided the guidance necessary to ensure that young gastroenterologists and scientists throughout the nation and around the globe are ready to research, diagnose and treat gastroenterological diseases,” said James W. Freston, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the AGA Foundation.

Farmer trained at the Mayo Clinic and is former chief of Gastroenterology and chair of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He was an appointed member of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases, which established the Digestive Disease Unit at the National Institutes of Health. Farmer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. His primary clinical research interest is inflammatory bowel disease.         

The 2007 Mentors RSA is a three-year grant that will enable promising young scientists to establish independent careers in digestive disease research. It will be awarded to a promising young scientist once every three years in perpetuity, through a highly-competitive process.           

AGA is dedicated to the mission of advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology. Its more than 16,000 members include physicians and scientists who research, diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. The AGA Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition’s mission mirrors that of the AGA: To improve the human condition through understanding, preventing, diagnosing and curing digestive diseases.

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