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Uma Sundaram, M.D., vice dean of graduate education and research at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been elected vice chair of the Basic & Clinical Intestinal Disorders (BCID) section for the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).Sundaram’s two-year term begins today immediately following Digestive Disease Week®. In his role as vice chair, Sundaram will collaborate closely with the current BCID section chair to spearhead initiatives aimed at advancing research, promoting education, and fostering collaboration within the field of intestinal disorders. Following this initial two-year term, Sundaram will assume the role of section chair from May 2026 to May 2028 and nominate committee chair thereafter.

Sundaram, who serves as the chair of clinical and translational sciences at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has also been selected several years in a row for diversity awards at Marshall University, serves as chair of the National Institutes of Health’s special emphasis panel, as well as receiving the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Senior Clinician Scientist Investigator Award.

His appointment as vice chair underscores his leadership and contributions to gastroenterology. AGA’s BCID section is renowned globally for its contributions to basic and translational research, education, and advocacy in intestinal disorders.

This is the first time a Marshall University faculty member has been elected to a leadership role within the AGA.

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