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Founded in 2000 as a non-profit organization, the Gastroenterology Physician Assistants (GIPA) is the voice representing physician assistants who practice Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  The mission of the Gastroenterology Physician Assistants (GIPA) is to provide improved healthcare and access to patients with gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disease through professional and educational support to physician assistants (PAs) practicing in gastroenterology and hepatology.

  • GIPA is the authoritative voice of the PA profession for gastroenterology and Hepatology physician assistants as recognized by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
  • GIPA represents the gastroenterology physician assistant in the AAPA House of Delegates and continues its strong working relationship with the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD).
  • GIPA educates other healthcare professionals regarding the role of physician assistants in gastroenterology and hepatology.
  • GIPA provides professional and educational support to PAs practicing in gastroenterology and hepatology.
  • GIPA promotes education, access, and advocacy regarding gastroenterology and hepatology in both the clinical and community settings.

GIPA's membership includes practicing physician assistants, PA students who are interested in a career in gastroenterology and hepatology, and our professional partners in healthcare.  We invite you to share your voice with the GIPA Board and Leadership. Join GIPA and harvest the benefits of membership in a powerful organization.

Crohn’s Care Partnership

The purpose of this website is to provide knowledge of diverse range of topics by providing educational material, specialized clinical simulations and a professional experience with live meetings and webcasts.

Cleveland Clinic Gastroenterology Education

National Institute on Drug Abuse

The number of prescriptions filled for opioid pain relievers has increased dramatically, leading the CDC to identify prescription drug abuse a problem of "epidemic" proportions.  To better equip physicians assistants and other health professionals against this crisis, the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers two free online CMEs/CEs:

  • Safe Prescribing for Pain (1.25 credits) teaches the prevalence of prescription opioid abuse and explores ways to effectively screen for and prevent abuse in patients with pain.
  • Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Rx Drugs (1.75 credits) identifies the prevalence of opioid addiction and dependence in patients with chronic pain, and assists health care providers in identifying emerging abuse behaviors.

PERFORM Online, provides information and tools to assess and address the risk of medication misuse, abuse and addiction in patients who may require opioid therapy for pain.

Features of this website include:

  • interactive vignettes,
  • comprehensive information on urine drug testing in clinical practice,
  • pain assessment/risk assessment tools,
  • documentation/monitoring information, and
  • useful educational materials.

As a healthcare professional-only website, you will need to register (free-of-charge) to access all of the available information. Check back often for new information and updates.

Business Insights for Healthcare Professionals e-news

As a healthcare professional, you realize that every decision you make affects your practice, its employees and its financial health. As you strive to stay ahead of the challenges your industry faces, this newsletter comes to your aid with helpful resources, technological updates, and even personal money management advice.

Clinical Care Options

Be sure to check out the new hepatology Web site recently added to our CME links section:  This is a very useful Web site for practicing Gastroenterology PAs.

Advanced Practicum in Gastroenterology is a self-paced, online program that offers educational courses that address the history, epidemiology, diagnosis and management of gastroenterological diseases that are commonly managed by Physician’s Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP).  The program is designed to fill a critical need for providing specialized, postgraduate-level training for Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician’s Assistants (PA) who are recent graduates or currently in practice and seeking a career in the medical specialty of gastroenterology and hepatology.  All courses are available free of charge to participants and are taught by expert Physicians, NP’s, and PA’s who are leaders in their field.  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits are provided upon completion of courses.
For more information see

Message to All Gastroenterology Physician Assistants

On behalf of Gastroenterology Physician Assistants (GIPA), officers, and fellow members, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for continued support and dedication to the field of Gastroenterology/Hepatology Physician Assistants.  GIPA is committed to representing your concerns and working hard to help evolve our profession, improve patient care and secure our position in the healthcare field. 

The previous efforts of GIPA members and officers have established an excellent foundation and we must continue to strengthen and expand this foundation to face the challenges ahead.  To do this, we ask that you consider participating at one or more of the levels listed below:

Continued Membership Growth and Representation

Continue to support GIPA as your professional association by continuing your membership and encouraging your colleagues to join us.  We welcome your participation and ideas with our leadership team.  The annual membership fee is only $30 per year and provides you with:

  • GI PA specific job listings
  • GIPA Digest, a quarterly newsletter designed specifically for GI PAs
  • Professional resources designed to improve your knowledge & patient outcomes
  • Representation of GIPA interests at the national level
  • GIPA resources to promote professional recognition & growth of GI PAs

Professional Resources for your Networking and Career Development

  • As a GIPA member, you’ll receive information about education & networking opportunities designed specifically for GI PAs
  • You’ll also gain access to online resources & databases to assist you with your career development
  • Information on fellowship, award and grant opportunities

Foster Professional Relationships with the Premier Gastroenterology & Hepatology Organizations

  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)

GIPA could not exist without the support of dedicated professionals like you.   

Please show your support and commitment to our field by becoming a new or renewing member and start benefiting from your membership today. Dues are only $30 for professionals and $10 for PA Students for the current membership year through June 2014. Simply click on the link below to join or renew your membership.

I encourage every member that has a desire to contribute--whether it is an article you would like to write, an interesting blog, or a suggestion--to please reach out to us.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Michele Kissous-Hunt, PA-C
GIPA President

Physician Assistant for Asher Kornbluth, MD, PC
Affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center NYC

For further information contact:
Gastroenterology Physician Assistants

Gastroenterology Physician Assistants
PO Box 82511
Tampa, FL 33682
Phone: (813)766-8807
Fax: (813) 856-3533
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