Welcome Message

A Welcome Message from the President to All Gastroenterology Physician Assistants


On behalf of all Gastroenterology Physician Assistants (GIPA) officers, and fellow members, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your 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 association foundation and we must continue to strengthen and expand this foundation to face the challenges for GI PAs that lie ahead. To do this, we ask that you consider joining the association and participating at one of the levels listed below:


Fellow Membership – $30: Physician Assistants who currently practice in the field of gastroenterology

Sustaining Membership – $30: PAs, certified by the NCCPA, who have chosen not to practice in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, but who still wish to support GIPA.

Physician Membership – $30: U.S. licensed physicians who wish to associate with and support the organization.

Affiliate Membership – $30: are ineligible for the above categories and wish to associate with the organization. Affiliate memberships must be approved by the Board of Directors.

Student Membership – $10: Physician Assistant students who are currently enrolled in an ARC-approved PA program.


Click here to join, renew, or update your profile online now. Or, click here to print and mail a membership application.


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 member or renewing your membership and encouraging your colleagues to join us.


GIPA will provide you with:

  • GI PA specific job listings & resources to promote recognition of GI PAs
  • Professional resources designed to improve your knowledge & patient outcomes
  • Information about education & networking opportunities designed specifically for GI PAs
  • Representation of GIPA interests at the national level
  • Fostering professional relationships with other gastroenterology & hepatology Organizations

o    American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

o    American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

o    American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)


I encourage every member that has a desire to contribute–whether it is a suggestion, an article you would like to write, an interesting blog–to please reach out to us. Please contact me at president@gi-pas.org. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Michele Kissous-Hunt, PA-C, GIPA President

Affiliated with Arthur Asher Kornbluth, MD, PC, Mount Sinai Medical Center NYC

Gastroenterology Physician Extender (PA/NP) – Job Opportunity

The Pinehurst Medical Clinic, offering a broad range of primary and specialty care services to the citizens of Moore County, North Carolina, and the surrounding five counties has a full-time opportunity for a Physician Extender (PA/NP) who seeks to grow within our organization. Position available is in our Gastroenterology Department at our Pinehurst, NC office. Working under the supervision of the physician, you will provide a broad range of adult outpatient and inpatient care following established standards and protocols. Applicant must have a current NC license, unrestricted DEA certification and the ability to work in a fast paced environment. Outstanding compensation and benefits.

Please email resume/CV to: hr@pinehurstmedical.com, send to Human Resources Department, 205 Page Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374 or stop by our office located at 90 Memorial Drive in Pinehurst.



The mission of the Gastrointestinal 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 and American Academy of Physician Assistants-recognized representative of the PA profession for gastroenterology and hepatology physician assistants.


  • GIPA represents the gastrointestinal 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 Officers

Michele Kissous-Hunt  President
 Carla Shores President-Elect
Kaitlyn Musto Secretary/Treasurer
Frida Abramov Past-President
Tyson Corbin Director-at-Large
Travis Kirby Director-at-Large

National Institute on Drug Abuse

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 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.
  • Addiction Medicine in Primary Care is a resource from The National Institute on Drug Abuse and QuantiaMD that consists of a series of eight, 5-10 minute presentations from the Nation’s leading experts on addiction. A range of subjects are including, such as responsible opioid prescribing practices, reimbursement for screening and brief intervention, and characteristics of medications used to treat alcohol and drug use disorders.

Upcoming Meetings

AGA Drug Development Conference: Clinical Endpoints in Upper GI Disorders
Where: The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, Washington, DC
When: Oct. 27-28, 2016
Join the AGA Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics in identifying ways to bring more effective GI therapeutics to the market. Have a voice in the conversation about improving diagnosis and treatment of upper GI diseases.
For more information:  www.Gastro.org

2016 AGA Principles of Gastroenterology for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant
Where:Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
When:Aug. 19–21, 2016
Hear from the experts as they provide you with critical updates on treating and managing patients with a variety of GI disorders.
For more information:  www.Gastro.org

2016 ACG Midwest Regional Postgraduate Course
Where: Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota
When: August 26–28, 2016

2016 ACG’s Hepatitis School
Where: Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota
When: August 26, 2016

2016 ACG/VGS/ODSGNA Regional Postgraduate Course
Where: Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia
When: September 10–11, 2016

ACG 2016 – The Premier GI Clinical Meeting & Postgraduate Course
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: October 14-19, 2016

AASLD 2016, The Liver Meeting
Where: Boston, MA
When: November 11-15, 2016

2016 Southern Regional Postgraduate Course
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
When: December 2–4, 2016

2016 ACG’s Hepatitis School
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
When: December 2, 2016

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Clinical and Research Conference
Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (AIBD) 2016
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: December 8-10, 2016


2017 ACG/LGS Regional Postgraduate Course
Where: Hyatt French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
When: February 3–5, 2017

2017 ACG/FGS Regional Postgraduate Course
Where: Opal Sands, Clearwater, Florida
When: February 24–26, 2017

2017 ACG Western Regional Postgraduate Course
Where: Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada
When: March 10–12, 2017

2017 ACG Eastern Regional Postgraduate Course
Where: Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC
When: April 7–9, 2017

2017 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 
Where: Chicago, IL
When: May 6-9, 2017

2017 Midwest Regional Postgraduate Course
Where: Hilton at the Ballpark, St. Louis, Missouri
When: August 25–27, 2017

2017 ACG/VGS/ODSGNA Regional Postgraduate Course
Where: Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia
When: September 8–10, 2017
For more information:  http://gi.org

CME Websites and Resources

www.Mycme.com  (Free CME)



www.youandibd.com  (IBD resource for patients and providers)


www.ccfa.org  (Great IBD resources)


http://cornerstoneshealth.org  (Free CME)

https://primeinc.org  (Free CME)

http://www.practicingclinicians.com  (Free CME)


http://www.medscape.org  (Free resources, Free CME)

http://gut.bmj.com  (Free)





www.PurduePERFORMOnline.com, 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.

Contact Us

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Phone: (813) 766-8807
Fax: (813) 856-3533
Email: admin@gi-pas.org