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Richard A. Kozarek, MD, was honored by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the ASGE Foundation as the 2005 recipient of the Rudolf V. Schindler Award. The award was presented May 15 at the ASGE Crystal Awards Dinner, a recognition and fund-raising event for service, achievement, gastrointestinal endoscopy-related research and public education. The Crystal Awards Dinner was held during Digestive Disease Week, the largest and most prestigious meeting in the world for the gastrointestinal (GI) professional.

The Rudolf V. Schindler Award, ASGE’s highest honor, highlights Dr. Kozarek’s accomplishments and endoscopic research, teaching and service to ASGE which exemplify the standards and traditions of Rudolf Schindler, MD, founder of the American Gastroscopic Club, the forerunner of ASGE.

Dr. Kozarek’s tireless efforts to mentor, teach and guide have allowed him to train a generation of endoscopists. Many of the techniques used in the GI field today were developed and evaluated by Dr. Kozarek. He has excelled in the areas of inflammatory bowel and esophageal disease and has enormously contributed to the literature. Dr. Kozarek has served ASGE on numerous committees, task forces and governing bodies, including serving as president in 1997-98.

Joined by family and friends at the Crystal Awards ceremony, Dr. Kozarek accepted his award surrounded by 280 colleagues, members and industry representatives from around the world.
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