Past Winners

Jack Yardley Investigator Award Winners

2024: Alexandros D. Polydorides
2023: Raul S. Gonzalez
2022: Won-Tak Choi
2021: Anirban Maitra
2020: Reetesh K. Pai
2019: Rish K. Pai
2018: Rhonda K. Yantiss
2017: Laura D. Wood
2016: Amitabh Srivastava
2015: N. Volkan Adsay
2014: Jason L. Hornick


Harvey Goldman Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

2024: Elizabeth A. Montgomery
2023: Gregory Lauwers
2022: Dale Snover

2021: Thomas Smyrk
2020: Stanley Hamilton
2019: Audrey Lazenby
2018: Frank A. Mitros
2017: Robert Riddell
2016: Leslie H. Sobin
2015: Henry D. Appelman


Case of the Month Award Winners

2024 Case of the Month Award: Greta Evaristo, University of Chicago (faculty mentor: Lindsay Alpert)
2023 Case of the Month Award: Mrinal Sarwate, Cleveland Clinic (faculty mentor: Shaomin Hu)
2022 Case of the Month Award: Jim ChunHao Lee, Hartford Hospital (faculty mentor: Saverio Ligato)
2021 Case of the Month Award: Ibrahim Abukhiran, University of Iowa (faculty mentor: Sarag Boukhar)
2020 Case of the Month Award: Jessica Ziemba,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (faculty mentor: Jeffrey Goldsmith)
2019 Case of the Month Award: Jim ChunHao Lee, Hartford Hospital (faculty mentor: Saverio Ligato)
2018 Case of the Month Award: Phillip McMullen
, University of Chicago (faculty mentor: Namrata Setia)


Travel Award Winners

2024 Travel Award: Divya Salibindla, University of Cincinnati
2023 Travel Award: Mina Farag, McGill University
2022 Travel Award: Rupinder Brar, Albany Medical Center
2021 Travel Award: Susan Karki, Danbury Hospital
2020 Travel Award: Mouyed Alawad, SUNY Downstate
2019 Travel Award: Debasmita Das, Danbury Hospital
2017 Travel Award: Ryan F. Coates, University of Vermont Medical Center
2016 Travel Award: Courtney Thomas, Northeast Ohio Medical Center/Summa Health System
2014 Travel Award: Rahul Jawale, Baystate Medical Center
2013 Travel Award: Brankica Paunovic, Danbury Hospital
2012 Travel Award: William W. Bivin, Allegheny General Hospital
2011 Travel Award: Stephanie L. Claasen, Madigan Army Medical Center
2010 Travel Award: Na’im Fanaian, Orlando Health; Uyen Phuong Le, University of Vermont
2009 Travel Award: Soumya Pandey, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center; Tanya Varma, Louisiana State University; Xiaoping Zhou, The Ohio State University; Christina Arnold, UT Southwestern
2008 Travel Award: J. Schallheim, George Washington Hospital; Jeffrey Henderson, University of Arizona; Dustin Shackleton, OHSU; Sally Easter University of Colorado; Rachel Hudacko, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
2007 Travel Award: John Carpenter, University of Arizona; Camtu Truong, University of Oklahoma; Cory Fraser, University of Hawaii; Mikhail Lisovsky, University of Massachusetts; Angela Bartley, University of Arizona
2006 Travel Award: Asima Arslan, U. Medicine & Dentistry; Christopher N. Chapman, Baystate Health Systems/Tufts Medical University; Robert L. Hutton, Sr., Brooke Army Medical Center; Roger Klein Moreira, Emory; Alexandros D. Polydorides, New York Presbyterian Hospital
2004 Travel Award: Heike Varnholt, Baystate Medical Center
2002 Travel Award: Carol Willis, University of Missouri
2001 Travel Award: Glenda Amog, Danbury Hospital


Abstract Award Winners

Abstract Award Winner: Pari Jafari, University of Chicago Medicine: Correlational Analysis of p53 Immunostain and TP53 Mutational Events in Colorectal Neoplasia
First Runner-up: Mina Farag, McGill University: Characterization of HER2-Altered Colorectal Carcinomas in North American Patients: A Case-Control Study of Clinicopathologic and Molecular Features of HER2-Amplified and HER2-Mutated Colorectal Carcinomas Compared to their HER2-Wild-Type Counterparts
Second Runner-up: Yin Guo, New York Presbyterian – Columbia University Irving Medical Center: Histopathological Characterization of Pouch Polyps in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Patients with Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis (IPAA)

Abstract Award Winner: Gertruda (Greta) Evaristo, University of Chicago: Comparison of Inflammatory Changes in Anastomotic Biopsies from Patients with and without Crohn’s Disease
First Runner-up: Radhika Sekhri, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York: Visual Cues for Triage of Gastric Lymphoid Infiltrates: Results of An Interdisciplinary Analysis
Second Runner-up: Ruth Zhang, University of California San Francisco: DNA Content Abnormality Frequently Develops in the Right/Proximal Colon in Patients with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease and is Highly Predictive of Subsequent Detection of Dysplasia

Abstract Award Winner:  Beena Ahsan, University of Chicago: What is my N-terminus MSH6 antibody missing?
First Runner-up:  Nicole Tomm, University of Michigan: Follow Up Biopsies in Gastrointestinal Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Toxicity May Show Markedly Different Inflammatory Patterns Than Initial Injury.
Second Runner-up: Dorukhan Bahceci, University of California San Francisco: Undetected Dysplasia Found in Colectomy Specimens of Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease is Often Associated with Non‐Conventional Dysplastic Features, Flat/Invisible Gross Appearance, and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

Abstract Award Winner: Chih-Ping Mao, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Integrated Clinicopathologic and Genomic Analysis to Predict Response to Neoadjuvant Treatment in Esophageal Cancer
First runner-up: Linyuan Wang, Emory University: Analysis of KRAS Mutational Profiles in the gastrointestinal tract reveals site-specific alterations that can help distinguish pancreatobiliary and upper gastrointestinal primaries
Second runner-up: Christopher Bowman, University of California San Francisco: Persistent or Recurrent Barrett’s Neoplasia After Endoscopic Therapy is Associated with DNA Content Abnormality Detected by DNA Flow Cytometric Analysis of Paraffin-Embedded Tissue

Abstract Award Winner: Alex Taylor, University of Michigan: Measuring Submucosal Depth of Invasion in Endoscopic Mucosal Resections for Barrett’s Adenocarcinoma Would Only Rarely Impact the Decision for Esophagectomy
Runner-Up: Katherine Boylan, University of Chicago: Objective Visual Analog Scale for Biopsy Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori Infection in Clinical Practice
Runner-Up: Julia Naso, University of British Columbia: Variability in Synoptic Reporting of Colorectal Cancer T4a Stage and Large Vessel Lymphovascular Invasion

Abstract Award Winner: Samuel Ballentine, Mount Sinai, Icahn School of Medicine: Low grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasms: A large cohort study with long term outcomes
Runner-Up: Lina Irshaid, Yale: Immune checkpoint inhibitor induced gastrointestinal tract inflammation shows morphologic similarities to, but is immunologically distinct from H. pylori gastritis and celiac disease
Runner-Up: Ahmed Bakhshwin, Cleveland Clinic: Gastric margin status at frozen section: Discrepancies between representative vs. in total sections

Abstract Award Winner: Odise Cenaj, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Detection of ERBB2 Amplification by Next Generation Sequencing Predicts HER2 Expression in Colorectal Carcinoma
Runner-Up: Phoenix Bell, University of Rochester Medical Center: Significance of Clinicopathologic Parameters, Including Margin Distance and Tumor Budding, on Local Disease Recurrence Following Esophageal Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
Runner-Up: Kwun Wah Wen, University of California, San Francisco: “Indefinite for Dysplasia” in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Aneuploidy as a Diagnostic and Prognostic Marker of High-Grade Dysplasia or Colorectal Cancer

Abstract Award Winner: Adam J. Gomez, Stanford Health Care: Detection of Mutations in DNA Polymerase Ɛ (POLE) in Colorectal Carcinoma with Intact Mismatch Repair Proteins: Immunotherapeutic Implications of Ultramutation
Runner-Up: Michael Markow, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: Two-Stain Rather Than Four-Stain Immunohistochemical Screening in Colorectal Cancer May Fail to Detect Mismatch Repair Deficiency
Runner-Up: Matthew Rosenbaum, Massachusetts General Hospital: Immune Checkpoint Expression and the Tumor Immune Environment in Colorectal Carcinoma

Abstract Award Winner: Michelle Heayn, UPMC: ATRX/DAXX Loss Is Highly Specific for Metastatic Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
Runner-Up: Su-Yang Liu, UCSF: Tumor Deposits and Venous Invasion in Colorectal Carcinoma: Clarification of Morphological Criteria and Role of these Parameters in Staging
Runner-Up: Matthew Rosenbaum, MGH: Next Generation Sequencing Adds Value to the Pre-Operative Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cysts

Abstract Award Winner: Anna-Sophie Weidner, Weill Cornell Medical College: Idelalisib Is a Novel Biologic Agent That Can Cause Severe Gastrointestinal Toxicity
Runner-Up: Jenny Mas-Moya, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Clinicopathologic Comparison of Colorectal Carcinoma in Patients With Suspected Lynch Syndrome w/o Germline Mutation vs Patients w/ Germline Mutation
Runner-Up: Christopher Hartley, Medical College of Wisconsin:  Who Are You Calling Indeterminate? Classification of Colon Biopsies Predicts Decision to Treat in GI GVHD

Abstract Award Winner: Cheryl Ann Adackapara, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Endoscopic Abnormalities of the Pre-Pouch Ileum Are Strongly Predictive of Subsequent Crohn’s Disease in Patients with an Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis
Runner-Up: Ming Jin, Ohio State University: The Impact of Tumor Deposits on Colonic Adenocarcinoma AJCC TNM Staging
Runner-Up: Juliana Kissiedu, Cleveland Clinic: Mesenteric Arterial and Venous Dysplasia/Vasculopathy (MAVD/V) Is Distinct from Fibromuscular Dysplasia

Abstract Award Winner: Alexis ScherlYale University School of Medicine: MicroRNAs as Regulators of Colorectal Cancer Hepatic Metastasis
Runner-Up: David H Gonzalo, Gene Expression Profiling of Serrated Colorectal Polyps: Identification of Genes That differentiate Hyperplastic Polyps (HPs) from Sessile Serrated Polyps(SSPs)
Runner-Up: Jeanne Shen, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Abstract Award Winner: Aatur Singhi, Johns Hopkins Hospital: Acinar Cell Cystadenoma of the Pancreas: A Benign Neoplasm or Non-Neoplastic Ballooning of Ducts
Runner-Up: David Hernandez Gonzalo, Cleveland Clinic: Hirschsprung’s Disease and Calretinin in Inadequate Biopsies
Runner-Up: Bing Ren, University of Rochester Medical Center: MACC1, a Potential Diagnosis Marker for Early Stage Colorectal Cancer

Abstract Award Winner: Kevin Golden, Brigham & Women’s Hospital: High Goblet Cell Density Protects Against Progression to Adenocarcinoma in Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus

Abstract Award Winner: Shelby Melton, UT Southwestern Medical Center: COMMD1 is an inhibitor of intestinal inflammation and colitis in a myeloid-specific knockout mouse model.
Abstract Award Winner: Julianne Purdy, University of Michigan: Nodal Scar but not Proliferation Index Predicts Worse Survival in Treated Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.
Abstract Award Winner: Suntrea Hammer, University of Michigan: Duodenal Lymphocytosis with Normal Villous Architecture: How Often is it Celiac Disease?
Abstract Award Winner: Huankai Hu, Case Western Reserve: Utilization of Notch1 and Prion Markers to Detecting Pluripotent Pancreatic Cells: An autopsy study

Abstract Award Winner: Rish Pai, University of Chicago: Identification of Histologically Unique Adenomas That Arise Predominately in Patients with CIMP-Associated Polyps
Abstract Award Winner: Camtu Truong, MD Anderson Cancer Center: Assessing HER-2/neu Protein Expression and Gene Alteration in Gastric Cancer: Comparing Arrayed Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) Technique with Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and Fluorescent In-Situ Hybridization (FISH).
Runner-Up: Maria Westerhoff, University of Chicago: CD61, CD31 and CD34 Improve Diagnostic Accuracy in Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia and Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy

Abstract Award Winner: AD Vanderheyden, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA: Lymphocytic Esophagitis in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Manifestation of Upper Gastrointestinal Crohn Disease
Runner-Up: RL Rucker-Schmidt, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA : Non-Adenomatous Dysplasia in Barrett s Esophagus: A Clinical, Pathologic and Molecular Study
Runner-Up: D Giusto, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL: Proposed Modifications in the Protocol for Rectal Adenocarcinomas Resected after Preoperative Radiochemotherapy
Runner-Up: EL Fingar, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH: Isolated Asymptomatic Ileitis Does Not Progress to Crohn s Disease Despite Presence of Features of Chronicity in Ileal Biopsies
Runner-Up: KE Chu, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH: Neoplasia of the Pouch and Anal Transitional Zone in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis Treated by Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis: A Morphologic Study of a Rare Group of Neoplasms

Abstract Award Winner: M Selbst, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT: Spectrum of Histologic Changes in Colonic Biopsies in Patients Treated with Mycophenolate Mofetil
Runner-Up: RM Najarian, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA: The Clinical Significance of Colonic Intraepithelial Lymphocytosis in the Pediatric Population
Runner-Up: VS Chandan, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: Prevalence and Clinical Significance of Serrated Lesions in Ulcerative Colitis
Runner-Up: CR Rund, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA: Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) Analysis of Solid Pseudopapillary Tumors of the Pancreas

Abstract Award Winner: I Zhang, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: IgG4 Stain For The Diagnosis of Autoimmune Pancreatitis: Helpful In Pancreatic Biopsies, But Not In The Duodenum.
Runner-Up: A Arslan, UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ: Clinicopathologic Correlates of C4d Staining in Pancreas Allografts
Runner-Up: ZM Chen, Washington University, St. Louis, MO: CK7 Expression in Normal, Regenerative and Neoplastic Intestinal Epithelium: Uncovering the Identity of Potential Human Intestinal Progenitor Cells.

Abstract Award Winner, Molecular Category: DW Abbott, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA: Genetic Interactions and Histologic Associations of NOD2, DLG5, OCTN1 and OCTN2 Polymorphisms in Ileal Crohn’s Disease
Abstract Award Winner, Clinical Category: DC Welch, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN: Gastric Graft vs. Host Disease Revisited: Does Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy Affect Endoscopic Gastric Biopsy Interpretation?
Runner-Up, Molecular Category: Z Gombos, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA: Expression of Erythropoietin and Its Receptor Increases in Colonic Neoplastic Progression: The Role of Hypoxia in Carcinogenesis
Runner-Up, Clinical Category: AV Arrossi, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH:The Clinical Significance of So-called “Backwash Ileitis” (BWI) in Total Proctocolectomy Specimens (TPC) in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Treated with Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis (IPAA)
Runner-Up, Clinical Category: L Lomo, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, WA: Basal Crypt Dysplasia-like Atypia with Surface Maturation in Barrett’s Esophagus: Evidence That It Represents True Neoplasia

Abstract Award Winner, Molecular Category: J Wang, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL: Enhanced Expression of Light and Dysregulated IgA Production in Human Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Abstract Award Winner, Clinical Category: EK Jacob, Mayo Clinic Foundation, Rochester, MN: “Apoptotic Colopathy” is an Effect of Oral Sodium Phosphate Bowel Preperation Solution
EC Margianean, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT: Gastric Glandular Siderosis: A Possible Sign of Undiagnosed Hemochromatosis
AC Soldano, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC: Pattern of Gastric Mucosal Iron Deposition in Iron Supplement Tablet Injury and Hemochromatosis: Clues to the Diagnosis

Abstract Award Winner: W Xin, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI: The Clinical Significance of Focal Active Colitis in Pediatric Patients
Runner-Up: G Guo, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI: Histopathology of Interval Appendectomy Specimens: Strong Association with Granulomatous Appendicitis
Runner-Up: FP O’Connell, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA: Utility of Immunohistochemistry in Distinguishing Primary Gut Adenocarcinoma from Metastatic Breast Carcinoma in the Gastrointestinal Tract
Runner-Up: N Fukushima, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD: Aberrant Methylation of Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling (SOCS-1) Gene in Ductal Adenocarcinoma and Intraductal Papillary-Mucinous Neoplasms of the Pancreas

Abstract Award Winner: C Rosty: Overexpression of S100A4 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is associated with poor differentiation and DNA hypomethylation.
Runner-Up: KL Grogg KL, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: Lymphocyte-rich gastric cancer: associations with Epstein-Barr virus, microsatellite instability, histology, and survival
Runner-Up: S Kakar, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: Intraepithelial lymphocytosis in small bowel biopsies with normal villus architecture.
Runner-Up: CA Iacobuzio-Donahue, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD : Exploration of global gene expression of pancreatic cancer by cDNA microarray analysis

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