History and Mission
Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy is a statewide professional association for physicians. The TSGE was founded in 1976 and it thrives today with over 450 members. TSGE’s primary roles are: 1) physician medical education and 2) advocacy on behalf of patients.
The TSGE annual meeting provides continuing medical education for both physicians and nurses each September. The high quality of this meeting rivals that of national GI meetings.
The Society supports GI Fellows by hosting a practice management symposium for them, as well as travel stipends to the Annual Meeting.
The TSGE has worked diligently for years to protect and enhance patient care via the Texas Legislature. Some successes include:
- Passed SB1467 in 2001 (colon cancer screening mandate).
- Prevented the bill from later being gutted (2003).
- Supported liability caps that led to tort reform in Texas (2003).
- Defended outpatient facilities and rights of physician ownership (2005 - present).
- Planning NOW for the 2011 legislative session to protect the interests of physicians and patients.
TSGE's purposes are:
- To further knowledge of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal disease;
- To further teaching of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopic methods of examination and to establish the proper use of these methods;
- To establish and improve standards of care and skill in the board field of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy.