The purpose of the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association (SCGA) is to promote the digestive health of all South Carolinians, to foster the development and fellowship of physicians and medical professionals who have similar interests in the practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy and to maintain the highest standard of clinical practice in the field of gastroenterology and endoscopy.
The SCGA has been in existence since 2000. We have addressed access to colon cancer screening, non-gastroenterologist performance of colonoscopy, sedation for endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease patient education. We have worked to enhance the medical education of gastroenterologists through sponsored gut club meetings and yearly SCGA meetings that hosted dynamic national speakers.
The SCGA Foundation was formed in 2010 to support statewide efforts around colorectal cancer screening public awareness campaigns. The following year SCGA partnered with the Center for Colon Cancer Research at USC, Gibbs Cancer Center, Hollings Cancer Center and Medical University of South Carolina to implement the BCBSSC funded grant project, the South Carolina Colon Cancer Prevention Network (SCCCPN). This network supports colorectal screening statewide for SC citizens who are uninsured. SCGA has also formed partnerships to host colon cancer walks and other events and billboard campaigns in order to promote the awareness of colon cancer and raise money for research and education. DOWNLOAD the newsletter for the newly funded Colon Cancer Screening Program in South Carolina which builds on the work of the SCCCPN.
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Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 Recipient- Dr. Richard Greer Gastroenterology Associates, PA, Greenville