Message from the President
I am honored to have become the President of the American Pancreas Association (APA), with the term from November 2019 to November 2020. The APA is a historic and forward-viewing organization dedicated to all aspects of pancreatology, spanning research (basic, translational, clinical, population), clinical care, education/training and advocacy. The APA provides leadership in the annual meeting, satellite conferences, grants, and publications while forging relationships and collaborations with international societies. Indeed, the APA membership—scientists, physicians and allied health professionals, trainees at all levels, industry representatives and lay public—reflects its diverse activities.
Building upon the work of past luminary Presidents, and working collaboratively with our current APA board, membership and staff, we are poised to take bold steps in this decade. First, we can translate foundational or basic discovery science into innovative clinical trials and comprehensive clinical care. Second, we can enable and support the training and education of the new generation of leaders dedicated to pancreatology. Third, we will prioritize advocacy in government and in society for patients suffering from pancreatic diseases and disorders. Fourth, we will expand our membership-domestic and international- and include the public. Finally, all of our efforts, regardless of our backgrounds and perspectives, converge on the moral imperative of taking care of our patients, whether directly or indirectly. There is no greater joy than to work together on behalf of these missions, and to do so as one society—the American Pancreatic Association.
Anil K. Rustgi, MD