In 2016, we honored:
CHRIS E. FORSMARK, MD
Dr. Chris Forsmark was born and raised in Colorado, growing up in the mountains near Granby before his family moved to Denver. His mother, a schoolteacher, and his father, a bookkeeper, were both exceedingly well read and instilled an appreciation of hard work and self-improvement. He developed an interest in medicine while a high school student and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in chemical engineering, and then attended medical school at Johns Hopkins. During training at Hopkins, he developed an interest in gastrointestinal and liver diseases due to the impressive number of outstanding faculty and trainees. He received the Warfield Longcope prize (best student in internal medicine), along with election to Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha at graduation. He moved to the University of California, San Francisco for internal medicine training, chief residency, and GI fellowship. It was here that he became specifically interested in pancreatic diseases, due to mentorship and inspiration from Jim Grendell, John Cello, and Roger Liddle. It was also here that he developed life-long connections with others interested in the pancreas and fibrosis including Mel Wilcox, Scott Friedman, and Brent Neuschwander-Tetri.
Dr. Forsmark joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 1990, choosing this institution due to mentorship from Phil Toskes who has been attending the APA meetings since 1991. Although much of his activity related to advanced endoscopy, Dr. Toskes proved instrumental in helping him develop an understanding of medical pancreatology, pancreatic physiology, and the ingredients necessary for a successful academic and clinical research career. Dr. Forsmark became a tenured professor at UF in 2003. He served as the Director of Endoscopy and subsequently the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition of the University of Florida. He also served as Chair of the AGA Pancreas Section, President of the Florida Gastroenterologic Society, and Chair of the ABIM Gastroenterology Board. He is the former Associate Editor for Pancreas for the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and on the editorial board of several journals including Pancreas and Pancreatology. He serves as a board member for the National Pancreas Foundation. He is perhaps most proud of the opportunity to serve as President of the APA in 2006, organizing a combined APA-IAP meeting.
Dr. Forsmark is at heart a clinician, involved in both the medical management and endoscopic management of many patients with acute and chronic pancreatitis and with pancreatic malignancies. In conjunction with Phil Toskes, a rather unique training program combining advanced endoscopy and medical pancreatolology was created at UF, which now has numerous graduates. Much of his research has focused on issues that combine the endoscopic and medical approaches to these patients, and in particular methods of early diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis. He is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, numerous book chapters, and multiple reviews and editorials. Most recently, he and his colleagues at UF participate in the NIDDK/NCI UO-1 consortium to study chronic pancreatitis, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer. This 5-10 year project will attempt to delineate the intricate and tri-directional relationships between these diseases, with a goal of more accurate diagnosis, more effective therapy, and earlier detection. Dr Forsmark and Dr Steven Pandol chair this UO-1 consortium.
Dr. Forsmark wishes to express his gratitude to the APA for the tremendous honor of the Go Lifetime Achievement Award, and to Bill and Frisca Go for their generosity. He feels there are so many people who are equally deserving of recognition within the APA. He is especially thankful for the advice and guidance provided by leaders in the APA, including Bill Go, Ashok Saluja, Howard Reber, Ed Bradley, Roger Liddle, Phil Toskes, Raul Urrutia, and so many others. He would also like to acknowledge and thank his wife Rusty, who for 36 years has provided support, counsel and love, and his 2 (outstanding) daughters Kate and Britta.
- 2015: Stephen Pandol, MD
- 2014: William Chey, MD and Ashok Saluja, PhD
- 2013: Michael Steer, MD and Masao Tanaka, MD, PhD
- 2012: Horst F. Kern, MD and Murray Korc, MD
- 2011: Andrew L. Warshaw, MD
- 2010: Peter A. Banks, MD
- 2009: Katsusuke Satake, MD and Fred Gorelick, MD
- 2008: Daniel S. Longnecker, MD
- 2007: Howard A. Reber, MD
- 2006: Tadashi Takeuchi, MD, PhD and Phillip P. Toskes, MD
- 2005: John A. Williams, MD, PhD
- 2004: Dr. Paul D. Webster, III
- 2003: Dr. James D. Jamieson
- 2002: Eugene P. DiMango, MD
- 2001: Vay Liang W. Go, MD