Dr. Anil K. Rustgi, Chair of the Grant Review Committee, graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. He attended Duke University Medical School where he won the Trent Prize and the Davison Scholarship, and was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Rustgi completed his medical internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard University, where he served also as one of the Chief Medical Residents. He then completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Rustgi joined the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, after completing GI fellowship, and rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine. During his tenure at MGH, he won the American Cancer Society Fellowship; NIH Clinical Investigator (K08) Award; AGA Fiterman Basic Science Research Award; AGA Funderberg Research Award in Gastric Cancer Biology; the GRG/AGA Young Investigator Award for Research Achievement in Gastroenterology; American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award, and attained the position of Associate Editor of Gastroenterology. He was also elected into the American Society of Clinical Investigation.
Recruited to the University of Pennsylvania in 1998, Dr. Rustgi is the Chief of Gastroenterology and the T. Grier Miller Professor of Medicine and Genetics. His research is in the molecular genetics of GI cancers with over 200 publications, and he is PI of an NCI program project, PI of 2 NIH R01 grants, and also, Director of an NIDDK Digestive Disease Research P30 Center. Dr. Rustgi also oversees several training grants for GI fellows (basic science and epidemiology) and medical students (NIH). He serves on NIH and NCI study sections and taskforces. He has been Chair of GI Oncology, Chair of the Education & Training Committee and on the Governing Board within the AGA, and also contributes to other organizations such as the American Association for Cancer Research (he serves on several committees and has organized and chaired several national and international committees) and the National Colon Cancer Research Alliance (founded by Katie Couric). Dr. Rustgi is Associate Editor for Cancer Research, GI Oncology, and Cancer Biology & Therapy , and is the Editor of the textbook, Gastrointestinal Cancers. In June, 2006, he assumed the Editorship for the journal, Gastroenterology, the leading journal of the field. Dr. Rustgi has been recognized further through election into the Association of American Physicians and as an American Cancer Society Professor.