The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has named Scott Larson, MD, PhD, assistant professor of gastroenterology, in the Department of Internal Medicine, and his team from Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Hospital, as the winners of the 2019 SCOPY Award for “Best Community Awareness Initiatives by a Hospital.”

“I was very happy and honored to hear the news,” Larson said. “I notified our lab team at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, and they were elated with the news as well. This award highlights the importance of promoting colon cancer awareness to an underserved community that may be apprehensive or unaware of the importance of colon cancer screening.”

Larson’s project titled “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – Get Your Screen-On” saw a team of LBJ physicians, nurses, and technicians take the message of colon cancer awareness to the community. The team volunteered to help raise awareness through a variety of outlets including at a local church, three barbershops, a mosque, hospital events, and on social media. Harris Health employees also were treated to a trip through a “Mega Colon,” a series of inflatable tunnels, while receiving one-on-one education from Tanima Jana, MD, assistant professor of gastroenterology.

The SCOPY awards recognize the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention. ACG members are invited to submit examples of projects and programs that demonstrate outstanding creativity and commitment to spreading the potentially lifesaving message of the importance of colorectal cancer screening and prevention.

Larson received his medical degree from UTHealth San Antonio while earning his PhD from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He joined the McGovern faculty in 2017 following a residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a fellowship at UTMB.

Larson will receive his award at the SCOPY Award Ceremony & Workshop at the 2019 ACG Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio. The ceremony will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez convention Center Oct. 27.

Founded in 1932, the ACG is the preeminent professional organization that champions the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive disorders by facilitating delivery of the highest quality, compassionate, and evidence-based patient care.