Why Attend DDW?

Recognized as one of the top 50 medical meetings by the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association, Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the world's leading educational forum for academicians, clinicians, researchers, students and trainees working in gastroenterology, hepatology, GI endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery and related fields.

Whether you work in patient care, research, education or administration, the DDW program offers something for you. 

Why should you attend?

Watch the video below to hear why Grace Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE thinks DDW is the best GI meeting in the world. DDW 2017 is your opportunity to learn cutting-edge medical advances, network with thought leaders and study the latest research in the field. 

Here are some of the reasons why DDW attendees told DDW TV it's important to attend and the most interesting things learned.

Collaborate Face-to-Face

“Why did you choose to attend Digestive Disease Week?"

Scientific Updates

“What is one thing you’ve learned while at DDW 2016?"

Be at the Cutting Edge

DDW is researchers’ first choice of venue to present their work. This makes it the best place to find the latest and highest-quality research so that you can stay current in the field.

Watch videos featuring expert commentary on the most novel science & session at DDW 2016 on the DDW Blog.

Learn About New GI Products & Technology

View DDW TV highlights of the always popular Exhibit Hall. 285 exhibiting companies joined DDW in San Diego.


Registration and housing are now closed. They will open in January 2017 for DDW 2017.

DDW On Demand Access Instructions

Online access to DDW On Demand will be included with DDW 2016 registration. You have the option to purchase a hard drive for an additional fee during registration.

DDW On Demand is included in your registration fees. To access DDW On Demand online, go to and enter the email address you used to register for DDW 2016 and your badge number. You will be prompted to create a password and you will not need your badge number after you are verified. On subsequent visits, go to and enter your email and password.

Abstract Submission

The DDW 2016 abstract submission site is now closed. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most common questions about DDW are answered in our DDW FAQs.