American College of Gastroenterology Announces Winners of Fifth Annual SCOPY Awards

San Antonio (October 28, 2019) – The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) announces the winners of the 2019 SCOPY Awards (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention, and Year-Round Excellence) to recognize the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention.

“This year, a total of 31 SCOPY Awards will be presented to an outstanding slate of colorectal cancer awareness champions,” said Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG, Chair, ACG Public Relations Committee. “While all the submissions this year were engaging and effective, the 2019 winners demonstrate sustained engagement with community members, effective collaboration to deliver comprehensive public awareness campaigns, and exemplary commitment to increasing of colorectal cancer screening,” she added.

The winning projects were selected by judges Dr. Balzora and Janice Jang, MD, of the NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY.

“The spirit of the SCOPY award is to inspire all ACG members to get involved in community education and make a difference in colorectal cancer prevention by celebrating impactful and creative efforts, particularly the innovative, fun, and frequently hilarious ways our members keep the CRC screening message fresh,” said ACG President Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG.

The winners will be honored at the SCOPY Awards Ceremony & Workshop on Sunday, October 27, at 3:30 pm Central Daylight Time (Room 303A, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center) and in the 2019 SCOPY Awards Booklet.

Details of the awards can be found in the 2019 SCOPY Awards Booklet.




Best Bowel Prep Video Adewale Ajumobi, MD Rancho Mirage, CA

How to Make Colonoscopy Prep More Tolerable


Best Celebrity Dressed in Blue – Darryl Strawberry at Brooklyn Hospital Brooklyn Hospital Center Brooklyn, NY

Colon Cancer: “Hitting it out of the Big Apple Ballpark”         


Best Community Awareness Initiatives by a Hospital Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital Houston, TX

LBJ Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – “Get Your Screen-On”


Best Community Service Delivery University of Virginia Health System Charlottesville, VA

UVA Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Campaign


Best Coordinated Community Awareness Campaign by a Private Practice University Gastroenterology Providence, RI

University Gastroenterology/University Endoscopy Group Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign 2019


Best Coordinated Community Outreach by a Health System Allegheny Health Network Pittsburgh, PA

CARE MODEL – Colorectal Cancer Collaborative Awareness Research Education and Methods for Outreach Delivery Engagement and Learning


Best High Impact Initiative for an Underserved Population Drexel Gastroenterology Philadelphia, PA

No Blood, No Problem! A Multidisciplinary Approach to Spread Colorectal Cancer Awareness Among Jehovah’s Witnesses


Best Mandarin Video Jessie J. Xie, MD Little Rock, AR

Endoscopies Explained: A Video Series to Explain Colon Cancer Screening


Best Multi-Faceted Education Initiative by a Hospital The Valley Hospital Ridgewood, NJ

The Valley Hospital Colorectal Cancer Awareness Activities: 2019


Best Original Tactic – Visit the Endo Unit Priyanka Kanth, MD, MSCI, FACG – University of Utah Healthcare Salt Lake City, UT

Colon Cancer Awareness Open House Event


Best State-Level Collaboration to Deliver Screening to Underserved Patients Bryan T. Green, MD Greenwood, SC

Colon Cancer Prevention Network


Best Use of Social Media Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio San Antonio, TX

Business as Usual – Colon Cancer Awareness Is Just a Part of Who We Are!


Best Video from GI Fellow

Jonathan Pinto, MD, MPH – Harlem Hospital Center New York, NY

Say Yes to Colon Cancer Screening!


Most Creative Community Awareness Campaign Austin Gastroenterology Austin, TX

“Keep Austin Screened” Campaign for Colon Cancer Awareness Month             


Most Moving & Motivating Campaign Lindsey Bierle, DO – Virginia Tech Carilion Roanoke, VA



Most Vibrant Community Event GI Associates Flowood, MS

2019 Guts and Butts 5K to Prevent Colon Cancer


SCOPY MVP Darrell M. Gray, MD, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Division of Gastroenterology Columbus, OH

Provider and Community Engagement (PACE) Program for Health Equity in Colorectal Cancer Prevention


SCOPY All in the Family Award – TIE Aakash Aggarwal, MD New York, NY

Colon Cancer Screening Awareness Month


SCOPY All in the Family Award – TIE Ronald Hsu, MD, FACG Roseville, CA

Breaking the Barriers with the Colorectal Kid


SCOPY Effective Advocacy Award Jean Wang, MD, PhD, FACG, and the Missouri Colorectal Cancer Roundtable St. Louis, MO

Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Missouri


SCOPY Healthy Living Award Licking Memorial Health Systems Newark, OH Don’t Delay! Contact Your Physician for a Colon Cancer Screening         


Best Coordinated Community Health Intervention UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Los Angeles, CA

Addressing Health Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening


Most Far-Reaching & Impactful Initiative UCLA Health Los Angeles, CA

Inaugural UCLA Health Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign


SCOPY Quality Improvement Award UCLA Health Colon Cancer Quality Workgroup Los Angeles, CA

Quality Improvement in Colorectal Cancer Screening at UCLA Health


SCOPY Incubator of Excellence in CRC Prevention Award UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases  Los Angeles, CA

Coordinated Collaboration Across the UCLA Health System


SCOPY Making CRC Awareness Fun Award University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL

Love Your Bum, Get it Screened: Colorectal Cancer Awareness at the University of Alabama at Birmingham


SCOPY Practice What We Preach Award Austin Gastroenterology Austin, TX

PSA Documentary Promoting Colon Cancer Awareness: One Physician’s Personal Colonoscopy Journey             


SCOPY Service Award – TIE Gastro Health Miami, FL

Free Colonoscopy Event for Underinsured Patients


SCOPY Service Award – TIE

GI Associates

Flowood, MS

GiveBack2019 – Circle of Care Referring Physician Screening Education


SCOPY Service Award – TIE Santa Maria Gastroenterology Santa Maria, CA

Reaching 80 Percent Screening and Beyond in Our Local Community


SCOPY Spirit Award Consultants in Gastroenterology Columbia, SC

“March Madness” Colon Cancer Awareness Month Media Blitz in Columbia, SC 


About the American College of Gastroenterology

Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of over 14,000 individuals from 86 countries. The College’s vision is to be the pre-eminent professional organization that champions the evolving needs of clinicians in the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, and compassionate health care to gastroenterology patients. The mission of the College is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of scientific investigation, education, prevention, and treatment.


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