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    ASGE and ASGE Foundations honor Kenneth F. Binmoeller, M.D. for important contribution to the field of endoscopy

    For Immediate Release
    June 17, 2013

    Media Contact:
    Dean Fryer
    (415) 600-7484

    San Francisco, CA, June 17, 2013 - The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) honored Kenneth F. Binmoeller, MD from California Pacific Medical Center a Sutter Health Affiliate in San Francisco, Ca. with the Master Endoscopist of the Year Award during the ninth annual ASGE Crystal Awards. Hosted by ASGE and the ASGE Foundation, the event was held at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL during Digestive Disease Week (DDW®).

    The ASGE Crystal Awards symbolize the finest in leadership, research and scientific pursuit. The event recognized the 2013 award and grant recipients who have shared their expertise and strengthened the specialty and the Society. Proceeds from the event benefited the ASGE Foundation in support of GI endoscopy-related research, physician education and training, and public outreach initiatives.

    These awards recognize physicians who spend the majority of their time in patient care and are recognized regionally or nationally for their expertise and longitudinal contributions to the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy.

    Kenneth F. Binmoeller is the Founder and Director of Interventional Endoscopy Services (IES) at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Launched in 2001, the program has become the premier referral center in Northern California for patients requiring complex endoscopic therapy. Together with his associates, Drs. Janak N. Shah and Yasser M. Bhat, Dr. Binmoeller performs over 5,000 therapeutic procedures annually that span the entire spectrum of interventional endoscopy.

    Dr. Binmoeller’s training and professional positions have been split between the United States and Europe. He attended medical school at the University of Freiburg in Germany and the University of Bern in Switzerland, followed by internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Gastroenterology fellowship training at Oregon Health Science University in Portland.

    Dr. Binmoeller is a universal endoscopist with expertise in all aspects of interventional endoscopy, thanks to the breadth of the intense mentorship he received while working with Dr. Nib Soehendra. He started the International Scholar’s Program at IES in 2002 and has trained and mentored endoscopist from all corners of the world. He has authored more than 200 publications and he is particularly proud of the book, Therapeutic Endoscopy: Color Atlas of Operative Techniques, which he coauthored with Nib Soehendra while working in Hamburg.

    To make a tax-deductible contribution to the ASGE Foundation visit www.asge.orgOpens new window or call (630) 573-0600 or (800) 343-ASGE (2743).

    About California Pacific Medical Center

    At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center we deliver personal, hands-on care to every single patient, every single day. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, we research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. We also provide disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. Throughout the entire organization, every member of the CPMC team is committed to giving our patients the individual, hands-on attention they deserve. Every hand plays a part, and every hand has the power to change a life.

    About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

    Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 12,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit
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    About Endoscopy

    Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.