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SEATTLE – (Nov. 18, 2010) – The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has elected Otto Lin, MD, a gastroenterologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center, to its board of governors representing Washington state. Dr. Lin will serve a three-year term.

“Dr. Lin is an exceptional gastroenterologist with enthusiasm and motivation to help advance the field of gastroenterology and digestive diseases,” said Richard Kozarek, MD, executive director of the Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason. “This is a well-deserved honor.”

The ACG Board of Governors consists of one governor from every state, and is involved in drafting overall ACG policies in the field of gastroenterology, monitoring and influencing governmental legislative developments that might impact gastroenterology, and developing strategies in research, teaching, innovation and quality control in gastroenterology.

About the American College of Gastroenterology
More than 11,750 physicians from 82 countries are members of the ACG. Through annual scientific meetings, the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology, regional postgraduate training courses and research grants, the ACG provides its members with the most accurate and up-to-date scientific information on digestive health and the etiology, symptomatology and treatment of GI disorders. ACG's advocacy in the public policy arenas and the work of the ACG’s 22 committees have made tremendous strides with many premiere accomplishments to improve the future of clinical gastroenterology and the quality of care available to patients with GI conditions and diseases, today. The information exchange and training acquired through College membership provide physicians with the knowledge necessary to offer the most effective patient care and to meet the challenges of today's changing health care system. For more information, visit www.acg.gi.org.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit VirginiaMason.org or Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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