Gianrico Farrugia, MD

Message from ANMS President

Gianrico Farrugia, MD

Welcome, we all belong to the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility society because we care deeply about our field and have a passion for advancing the field to improve the lives of individuals with disorders affecting gastrointestinal neuromuscular function and the brain-gut axis both in the United States and around the world. This is the right time to do so. We have strong support from the NIH as highlighted by the recent Functional Bowel Disease Workshop held on the NIH campus. We have strong collaborative ties with pharmaceutical companies and patient advocacy groups. We have come together with one voice with our colleagues and sister societies. We are seeing an emergence of new basic and clinical technologies that have the potential to not only advance our individual fields of expertise but also bring about convergence of thought.

Our society has never been stronger. Dr John Wiley has just concluded his term as ANMS president. We are fortunate that we have been led by outstanding presidents and John is certainly no exception. In his tenure ANMS has grown. John launched several initiatives in practice research and education, helped membership in their professional development and was tireless in his fund raising activities. A lot of what you will see in the next 2 years will be directly attributable to his leadership. Thank you, John. We recently had our elections and have a new President-elect Dr. Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld. Beverley is Professor of Physiology and Director of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience at the University of Oklahoma. She has served the ANMS in many roles including as a councilor, and brings with her a passion for research, education and mentorship of the next generation of ANMS leaders that will ensure our future success. My job is to advance what Dr. John Wiley has launched and to work with Dr Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, the council and all members to deliver on our plans over the next 2 years. To do so we are fortunate to have a very strong group of councilors: Kirsteen Browning, Bill Chey, Fedias Christofi, C. Prakash Gyawali, Purna Kashyap, Laurie Keefer, Elyanne Ratcliffe, Miguel Saps, Miranda van Tilburg, and G. Nicholas Verne along with Dr John Pandolfino as our treasurer. We plan to support cutting edge research, disseminate optimal practices, provide multiple mentorship experiences, advocate for our field and fundraise to enable us to do so. This will require our collective strength and the ANMS councilors and I look forward to learning from you and working for you.