The SCGA was formed in 2000 to promote the digestive health of South Carolinians, endorse the highest standards of clinical practice, support professional development, and foster fellowship among physicians and professionals sharing similar interests. The latter category has grown to include both the medical as well as the administrative professionals who help ensure the success of our mission.
The SCGA has consistently supported the highest standards of clinical practice in gastroenterology. Over the years, we have addressed issues including access to colon cancer screening, performance of colonoscopy by non-gastroenterologists, sedation for endoscopy, alternative modalities in colon cancer screening, inflammatory bowel disease, and patient education. We have worked to enhance the medical education of gastroenterologists through statewide SCGA meetings that showcase dynamic national speakers, and by hosting local educational events. Our members’ efforts to advance colon cancer awareness have been recognized by the American College of Gastroenterology which has awarded the coveted SCOPY Award to multiple SCGA physicians and constituent SCGA practices.
The SCGA has worked closely with statewide and national organizations that focus on colorectal cancer awareness, prevention and treatment, including the University of South Carolina’s Colon Cancer Prevention Network (CCPN). The CCPN supports colorectal screening statewide for SC citizens who are uninsured. It began as a BCBSSC-funded grant project that was implemented with the support of the SCGA, the Center for Colon Cancer Research, the Gibbs Cancer Center, Hollings Cancer Center and the Medical University of South Carolina all working in close partnership. SCGA has collaborated with the CDC’s Colorectal Screening Program in South Carolina (CSPSC), and continues to support statewide efforts of the American Cancer Society. The SCGA has also sponsored events such as colon cancer walks, galas, and billboard campaigns to promote public awareness of colon cancer and raise money for research and education.
SCGA physician leaders also represent our state on the national stage as active members of the Association of State GI Societies (ASGIS), by attending the annual GI Roundtable (GIRT), and participating in the yearly “Washington D.C. Legislative Fly-in” to advocate with members of Congress on behalf of GI-specific patient care.
The SCGA is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization. SCGA’s sister organization, the SCGA Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports statewide efforts on colorectal cancer screening and public awareness campaigns.