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PHILADELPHIA – Two physicians in the division of Gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be presented Crystal Awards by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

David Jaffe, MD, a professor of Clinical Medicine, and director of Gastroenterology and medical director of Endoscopy at Penn Medicine Radnor, will receive the ASGE’s Distinguished Educator Award for excellence in teaching students, trainees, and practicing physicians.  Jaffe has given lengthy service to the ASGE’s educational mission, planning courses and clinical symposia, most recently serving as chair of the society’s continuing medical education (CME) committee.  At the Perelman School of Medicine, he has been recognized by medical students and fellows for his outstanding teaching in gastroenterology. 

“For me, this award simply validates the efforts of so many teachers, mentors, and generous colleagues who have nurtured and encouraged me over the years,” Jaffe said.

In addition, Michael Kochman, MD, the Wilmott Family Professor of Medicine and vice chair of Clinical Affairs in the department of Medicine, will be presented the Master Endoscopist Award, given annually to a clinician who has spent most of his or her time in patient care and who has made significant contributions to the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy. He previously received the Mastrioanni Clinical Innovator Award from Penn in recognition of his contributions to clinical medicine. Kochman developed the Wilmott Center for Endoscopic Innovation, Research, and Training at Penn and is serving as its inaugural director. The facility enables doctors to develop new endoscopic techniques and practice them in a laboratory setting before applying them to patients.

“It is unbelievably rewarding and humbling to be recognized as the 2015 Master Endoscopist by the same peers who themselves are experts in a society dedicated to advancing the endoscopic practice of gastroenterology,” Kochman said.

Jaffe and Kochman will receive their awards during Digestive Disease Week ® on May 17th in Washington, D.C.

For more information on the ASGE’s Crystal Awards and a full list of winners, click here.

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The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $494 million awarded in the 2019 fiscal year.

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Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 43,900 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

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