American College of Gastroenterology Announces Winners of 1st Annual SCOPY: Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence

Oct 13, 2015, 18:12 ET from American College of Gastroenterology

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) announces the winners of the first annual SCOPY Award (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) to recognize the achievements ACG members in their community engagement, education, and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention.

"We received a range of outstanding submissions in various forms and categories such as campaigns and events, educational activities, awareness walks, fun runs, a spin-a-thon,  infographics and other patient education materials, multi-channel public awareness activities, , examples of effective radio, news and print media outreach, patient awareness videos, and other unique activities aimed at raising awareness of colorectal cancer," said Jordan J. Karlitz, MD, Chair, ACG Public Relations Committee, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tulane Cancer Center, New Orleans, LA.

Twenty-three winners were selected by a panel of three judges that included Dr. Karlitz, Patricia L. Raymond, MD, FACG, Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Practitioner, Gastrointestinal Consultants, LTD, Norfolk, VA and John D. Wysocki, MD, GI Fellow, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

"All of these submissions demonstrated the outstanding creativity and commitment by gastroenterologists and their colleagues to spread the potentially life-saving message of the importance of colorectal cancer screening and prevention," noted ACG President Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG.

The winners will be honored at a reception at ACG Annual Scientific Meeting in Honolulu on Sunday, October 18 from 3:15 pm-4:00 pm Hawaiian Standard Time (Exhibit Halls I & II) and in a special SCOPY Booklet.

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  • Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

The Grand SCOPY is the highest honor among the SCOPY recipients and  recognizes the most innovative and multi-faceted integrated communications program that represents what can and should be done to raise colorectal cancer awareness.

Multi-Channel Colorectal Cancer Awareness:

  • GRAND SCOPY/ Best Multi-Channel Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign by a University
  • Best Multi-Channel Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign by a Private GI Practice
    • Central Illinois Endoscopy Center (Peoria, IL)
  • Best Coordinated Community Campaign by a Private GI Practice
    • Digestive Care of Evansville (Evansville, IN)
  • Best Original Communication Campaign by a Private GI Practice
    • Gastroenterology Associates, LLC (Baton Rouge, LA)

Campaign/ Projects:

  • Best Community Service Delivery
    • GIVEBACK CAMPAIGN – GI Associates and Endoscopy Center (Jackson, MS)
  • Best Initiative by an ACG Governor
    • 80% by 2018 Pledge for Colon Cancer Screening, West Virginia Governor's Proclamation— Nitesh Ratnakar, MD, FACG, ACG Governor (Elkins, WV)
  • Best Public Health Intervention for Targeted Community 
    • Gender and Ethnicity-Based Intervention to Raise Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness in Asian Indian CommunityBhaumik Brahmbhatt, MBBS, Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Best Original Tactic
    • Colon Cancer Awareness License Plate – Samuel C. Pace, MD, FACG (Tupelo, MS)
  • Best Call-to-Action
    • Make that Call for Colon Cancer Screening Campaign—The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center, submitted by Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, FACG (New York, NY)

GI Fellows-in-Training:


  • Best Infographic From a GI Fellow-in-Training
    • You Follow Signs for Road Safety. Would You Follow Signs for Your Health and Safety? – Bhaumik Brahmbhatt, MBBS, Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Best Infographic From an Institution
    • 7 Myths About Colonoscopy; Colon Cancer Infographic — Cleveland Clinic Foundation, submitted by Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG (Cleveland, OH)
  • Best Infographic From a Private GI Practice
    • Get Behind Screening— Gastroenterology Associates, LLC (Baton Rouge, LA)


  • Best Colon Cancer Awareness Art
    • Colon Polyp Poem— Eli Kuga, MD, Central Illinois Endoscopy Center (Peoria, IL)

Best Patient Education Brochure, Flyer or Website

  • – Ajumobi Adewale, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio, Texas)


See SCOPY Awards Booklet and the ACG Blog ( for more details on the winning entries.  Winning video entries can be viewed on the ACG YouTube Channel.

About the American College of Gastroenterology
Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 13,000 individuals from 80 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. Visit the ACG Blog for all news, featured research and expert insights related to the annual scientific meeting. Follow ACG on Twitter and share your live updates #ACG2015.

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