AGA is nation’s oldest society for disorders of the GI tract
One of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s faculty members has been named a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the nation’s oldest and one of the most prestigious medical societies focused on disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Antonio Mendoza-Ladd, M.D., FACG, FASGE, assistant professor and medical director of endoscopy at the Foster School of Medicine, is a member of the AGA and he currently sits on the AGA’s Equity Project Advisory Board and was elected to the AGA Fostering Opportunities Resulting in a Workforce and Research Diversity (FORWARD) program.
Through the fellowship program, AGA honors superior professional achievement in clinical, private or academic practice, and in basic or clinical research. Fellowships are awarded to AGA members whose accomplishments and contributions demonstrate personal commitment to the field of gastroenterology.
“The AGA Fellowship recognizes AGA members with exceptional professional achievement in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology. AGA is proud to announce the 2021 AGA Fellowship inductees who have been recognized by their peers and community as being at the forefront of our field. Congratulations to the entire group of inductees,” said AGA Institute President Bishr Omary, M.D., Ph.D, AGAF, AGA.
The AGA is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.
Dr. Mendoza-Ladd said the AGA has helped him become a better instructor and increase his involvement in furthering education opportunities for the next generation of doctors at the Foster School of Medicine.
“I was exposed to learning and teaching methods for adults that have made me a better instructor at TTUHSC El Paso,” Dr. Mendoza Ladd said. “I’ve learned about grant writing and application processes, and my research and writing skills have been enhanced because of the program.”
In both his roles with the AGA, Dr. Mendoza-Ladd said he hopes to address challenges minority physicians face and maximize research and promotion opportunities.
“Following the events of the past year and the focus on disparity across the country, the AGA took it upon itself to create Equity Project Advisory board. We’re working with other societies to create programs and opportunities for minority physicians to get more involved in their respective societies,” Dr. Mendoza Ladd said.
TTUHSC El Paso is the only health sciences center on the U.S.-Mexico border and serves 108 counties in West Texas that have been historically underserved and understudied. In 2018, the U.S. Department of Education recognized TTUHSC El Paso as a Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution, making it the second Health-Related Institution in the nation to receive the designation and the only on located on the U.S.-Mexico border.