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History of the Society

The Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology (PSG) was founded by the sole initiative of Edwin Cohn, MD. Dr. Cohn was a highly respected clinician and teacher at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served as the Director of Gastroenterology for many years. He met with several gastroenterologists in 1980 from various geographic areas of Pennsylvania to discuss the feasibility of developing a state society.

The proposed aims of the PSG were to serve the educational needs of state gastroenterologists, improve the level of care for gastrointestinal disorders throughout the state, and to act as an advocate for gastroenterologists and patients on socioeconomic issues.

The first meeting of the PSG was held in the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. Subsequent yearly meetings were rotated and held in venues such as Pittsburgh, Hershey, Philadelphia, the Pocono mountains, Lancaster, Absecon, New Jersey, and the Baltimore Inner Harbor.

The educational and social aspects of these meetings brought together gastroenterologists from diverse localities and offered outstanding presentations on timely topics.

The presidents served two terms with Dr. Cohn serving as the first President from 1981 to 1983. Subsequent presidents were Drs. Richard Wechsler, William Mahood, Philip Bralow, Morton Goldstein, Michael Geduldig, Harris Clearfield, Robert Kania, Frank Jackson, Julian Katz, Darrell Reed, Norman Cohen, Harvey B. Lefton, F. Wilson Jackson, Anne Saris, Louis La Luna, David A. Sass, and Ralph D. McKibbin.                    

Past Presidents:

Name

Term

Edwin M. Cohen, MD *

1982-1983

Richard L. Wechsler, MD

1984-1985

William H. Mahood, MD *

1986-1987

Philip Bralow, MD

1988-1989

Morton L. Goldstein, MD

1990-1991

Michael M. Geduldig, MD

1992-1993

Harris R. Clearfield, MD

1994-1995

Robert J. Kania, MD

1996-1997

Frank W. Jackson, MD

1998-1999

Julian Katz, MD *

2000-2001

Darrell K. Reed, MD

2002-2003

Norman N. Cohen, MD *

2004-2005

Harvey B. Lefton, MD

2006-2007

F. Wilson Jackson, III, MD

2007-2009

Anne L. Saris, MD

2009-2011

Louis La Luna, MD

David A. Sass, MD

Ralph D. McKibbin, MD

2011-2013

2013-2015

2015-2017 

* deceased