Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, (43054 zip code) was awarded the 2008 Masters Award for Basic or Clinical Research in Digestive Sciences yesterday by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute at an awards ceremony in San Diego, California. Di Lorenzo is chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is one of very few pediatric gastroenterologists to receive this award from the AGA - an association of more than 15,000 members worldwide.
The Masters Award for Basic or Clinical Research in Digestive Sciences recognizes an investigator whose research has advanced the understanding of gastrointestinal disease.
Di Lorenzo has been among the first clinical investigators to assess the diagnostic value of various tests for gastrointestinal motor function and has co-authored the only book on pediatric gastrointestinal motility. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed original articles and 80 book chapters, invited reviews and editorials. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Neurogastroenterology and Motility. He has functioned as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and has served on the council of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He has chaired the subcommittee of the American Academy of Pediatrics on development of guidelines for evaluation and treatment of functional abdominal pain, the Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and Neurogastroenterology Working Group of the second World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, and the American Medical Society (AMS) committee for the development of minimal standards for motility testing in children.
Di Lorenzo currently serves on the AMS Clinical Practice Committee and chairs the Adolescent Committee of the Rome III criteria, is the secretary/treasurer of the Functional Brain-Gut Research Group, a member of the Sub-board of Pediatric Gastroenterology of the American Board of Pediatrics and a member of the Functional GI Disorders and Motility Disorders Working Group of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases. He was named among the “Best Doctors in America” in 2006 and 2007.