American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Our Mission

Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with nearly 12,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education.

ASGE physicians have highly specialized training in endoscopic procedures of the digestive tract, including upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). ASGE is the only medical society that requires documentation of specific training in GI endoscopic procedures.

The society serves the medical profession and the general public by providing education and information, and by developing and advocating responsible positions for the benefit of patients, the public and medical professionals.

The ASGE provides a full range of educational courses, a peer-reviewed research journal (GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) and other publications, an annual scientific meeting (Digestive Disease Week), and a members-only and public education website ( ASGE also has a colon cancer awareness website (