What is the one leadership principle
that you learned during the Future
Leaders Program that you will use to
help advance your career?
• Rotonya Carr,
M.D., assistant professor
The technique of working backward
from a goal to assess which steps will
be required to accomplish that goal.
In so doing, one can set realistic milestones and break down visions into
small, achievable steps. I also found
the concept of “managing up” quite
important. Our goals need to be consistent with the mission of our organizations and be mutually beneficial.
• Sonia S. Kupfer, M.D., assistant professor
of Chicago Medicine, Chicago,
Il. – Future Leader
The importance of – and skills needed to – engage different types of people
toward a common goal. This requires
an understanding of how individuals
from different generations or backgrounds interact and communicate
as well as how different personalities
bring strengths to the team. Learning
how to encourage participation from
all members of a team is crucial and
allows everyone’s voice to be heard.
What aspects of leadership development from the Future Leaders
Program will be most critical for the
future of the AGA and are most valuable to either the AGA or the field of
• Brijen Shah, M.D., assistant pro-
fessor of medicine, gastroenterolo-
gy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine,
New York, N. Y. – Future Leader
has taught me the
power of a clear
vision as well as
engaging in planning and activities
which further that
vision. I saw this first hand in working
with my project team as we tried to
craft a proposal that addressed a broad
topic. The AGA Strategic Plan became
our beacon. This type of thinking will
help both the field and our organization continue to move forward and
adjust to changing times.
• Silvio de Melo,
Jr., M.D., director
program director GI fellowship, University
of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Fla.
– Future Leader
Firstly, the program had a diverse
group of individuals from all over the
country in both academic and clinical
gastroenterology. The connections
made during the program are invaluable for the professional growth
of the field and the AGA. Secondly,
it emphasized micro-volunteerism;
a new trend in organizations that I
believe is the future of the AGA and
its efforts to engage future GIs and
increase its volunteer pool.
What are the key leadership principles that are needed most in the field
of GI today?
• J. Sumner Bell,
III, M.D., AGAF,
in clinical private practice
Gastroenterology, Ltd., Eastern Virginia Medical
School, Norfolk, Va. – Mentor
A strong individual character en-
hanced by leadership and business
skills is necessary to succeed in this
environment. To be recognized as a
leader in GI, one must have displayed
expertise in their professional domain
and be known for hard work. The
personal qualities of trustworthiness,
dependability, patience, and cour-
age are paramount for success as a
leader. Skills as an educator, listener,
communicator, and consensus builder
support the leader’s daily work. Cer-
tain acquired expertise in information
technology, data and financial analy-
sis, marketing, and social media may
be important from time to time. With
a well-defined reputation, experience
within an organization, communi-
cation skills, and an understanding
of the winds of change, the most ef-
fective leaders educate and motivate
their colleagues to adopt a vision for
their shared future.
• Mark Donowitz, M.D., AGAF,
LeBoff Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
It will be essential for future leaders
to be interested in bench, translational,
and clinical research; the intellectual
and procedural aspects of practice; and
the teaching and training of future GIs.
We must also pay greater attention to
diversity and recruitment of underrepresented groups in medicine including
persons of color and women.
• John M.
and chair, internal medicine,
Arbor – Mentor
I think that the future of gastroenterology will be in good hands with (A)
well-trained individuals who know
their craft as a physician; (B) creative