Emily Couric Memorial Lecture to be held at ACG Annual Meeting in Honolulu

Date: 08/30/2015  |  Category: VGS News

Whether you are currently incorporating quality measures into your practice or not, you may have wondered, is there an endpoint in practice? Dr. Irving Pike, a former practicing gastroenterologist, will speak about the impact of measuring performance on improving GI endoscopic quality as this year’s Emily Couric Memorial lecturer.  His talk, “National Registry Benchmarking for Colonoscopy Quality: The ‘High Road’ Toward Improving the Performance of Colonoscopy and Cancer Prevention”, will be held on Tuesday, October 20 at 2:15 PM at the Hawaii Convention Center as part of the 2015 ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.

The Emily Couric Memorial Lecture, developed by the the Virginia Gastroenterological Society and the Old Dominion Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, is in honor of Virginia State Senator Emily Couric, who died of pancreatic cancer in October of 2001. Senator Couric was a strong advocate for health care issues, particularly in her instrumental work to pass the nation’s first legislation mandating health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening.  Thanks to the generosity of the VGS and ODSGNA, the Emily Couric Memorial Lecture is held annually at the ACG national meeting.

Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG, is currently the Chief Medical Officer of John Muir Health located in the Bay Area of California.  He serves as Treasurer for the American College of Gastroenterology and President of the GI Quality Improvement Consortium, Ltd (GIQuIC). Dr. Pike is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dallas, Parkland Memorial Hospital.  He practiced gastroenterology in Virginia Beach, Virginia from 1983-2012.