Maywood, IL — The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has announced the 2020 recipients of the annual recognition prizes, given in honor of outstanding contributions and achievements in gastroenterology.
AGA bequeaths its highest honor, the Julius Friedenwald Medal, to Loyola Medicine gastroenterologist Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, for her substantial contributions to the field of gastroenterology and the AGA. The Julius Friedenwald Medal, presented annually since 1941, recognizes a physician for lifelong contributions to the field of gastroenterology.
“AGA recognition awards allow members to honor their colleagues and peers for outstanding contributions to the field of gastroenterology," said Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, AGAF, president of the AGA Institute. “The 2020 AGA recognition winners are just a few of the distinguished and talented members who help make AGA such an accomplished organization. We are honored that such esteemed individuals are representatives of AGA."
Dr. Hecht is internationally renowned for her pivotal contributions to the understanding of the important diarrheal pathogen, enteropathogenic E. coli. She is also a passionate advocate for the science and practice of gastroenterology, including serving as AGA Institute President. Dr. Hecht’s collegial and generous spirit, her past and continued leadership roles in AGA, her passion for and contributions to science and clinical medicine, and her dedication to both her patients and trainees have strengthened the specialty of gastroenterology, and also inspired and shaped the next generation of investigators and gastroenterologists. Dr. Hecht is currently Assistant Dean, Medical Student Research and Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and a staff physician at Edwards Hines Jr., VA Hospital in Hines, IL.