During the 135th Medical Society of Northern Virginia Annual Meeting, (GANV) Gastroenterology Associates of Northern Virginia (now doing business as Gastro Health), received the 2019 Volunteer Organization of the Year award for providing over 200 specialty care visits to low-income, uninsured patients enrolled in the 2017-2018 (PANV) Project Access of Northern Virginia, funded by the MSNVA Foundation

"For the past 35 years, we have done things, not for the awards or recognition, but because it was the right thing to do," Michael A. Garone, M.D., Co-founder of (GANV) Gastroenterology Associates of Northern Virginia said. "Integrity remains a core value throughout our practice today. On behalf of our colleagues, thank you very much for this special recognition."

Originally founded in 1983, GANV now dba Gastro Health, continues to fast track colon cancer screenings through the Direct Access Screening Colonoscopy Program. Non-symptomatic patients, above 45 years of age are invited to complete an online application at MyGANV.com. Symptomatic , patients are encouraged to call 703-698-8960 to schedule a consultation.

"As physicians, we know, colon cancer is preventable and treatable if caught early enough," Ahmed Hegab, M.D., MSNVA Board Member and Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Gastro Health said. "We are all part of the same community serving patients, fellow physicians and one another - building a better future together."

Access to care is an important issue supported by the MSNVA Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Hegab follows his sentiments of gratitude, with a direct appear calling for the 140 physicians present to personally donate $100.00 to help sustain MSNVA programs and show "strong support" for the 135th MSNVA President, Soheila Rostami, M.D. As a 501-c-3 philanthropic organization funded by corporate and individual contributions, donations are tax-deductible. MSNVA Foundation donations are accepted online at MSNVA.com.