DDW Highlights

Poster Sessions and ePosters

Saturday, May 21–Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Nearly 4,000 basic science and clinical posters will be on display at DDW. Authors will be at their posters to answer questions from noon until 2 p.m. on the day their posters are scheduled. New this year, posters will be organized by track to allow attendees to view by topic or theme.

ePosters will also return in 2016.

Basic Science Travel Awards

Basic Science Quick Shots: Saturday, May 21, 4–5:30 p.m.

New for 2016, DDW will award up to 20 inaugural Basic Science Travel Awards. Selected authors of basic science abstracts will receive a $1,000 travel grant and will be featured during this Quick Shots session. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m.

$ DDW Breakfast with the Experts

Sunday, May 22–Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 6:30–7:45 a.m.

Session Fee: $75 

Participate in a scholarly, dynamic discussion in an informal, small-group atmosphere. Breakfast is included. Space is limited. View session details and learning objectives.

$ DDW Meet-the-Professor/Investigator Luncheons

Sunday, May 22–Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 12:30–1:45 p.m.

Session Fee: $75 

DDW’s popular Meet-the-Professors format is offered in the afternoon, too. Just like the breakfast sessions, these are scholarly, dynamic discussions in an informal, small-group atmosphere. A boxed lunch is included. Space is limited. View session details and learning objectives.

Diversity Reception

Monday, May 23, 2016, 6–7 p.m.

Jointly sponsored by all four societies, this reception provides a valuable networking opportunity for minorities to gather, discuss relevant issues and learn more about what each society is doing to promote diversity within gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

The Best of DDW 2016 Session

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 2–4 p.m.

Moderators: Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, DDW council chair, and Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGEDDW council treasurer

A discussant from each of the four societies will review the top presentations. Attend this not-to-be-missed session to get an overview of the latest, best and most thought-provoking research presented all week.

Late-Breaking Abstracts

Clinical Science: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 8–9:30 a.m.

This session features the most-up-to-date research, submitted and reviewed just prior to the meeting. Abstracts selected for presentation were joinly reviewed by the DDW sponsoring societies.

Combined Clinical Symposia

Saturday, May 21–Tuesday, May 24, 2016

AASLD, AGA, ASGE and SSAT offer jointly sponsored symposia on topics of broad interest to DDW participants. The integrated, multidisciplinary approach of these sessions will interest clinicians and basic scientists alike.

Date Time Title Moderators Sponsors
Saturday, May 21 8–9:30 a.m. Management of Varices Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD; Louis-Michel Wong Kee Song, MD AASLD, ASGE
Saturday, May 21 10–11:30 a.m. Medical and Surgical Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Jorge A. Marrero, MD, MS, AGAF; Sean Cleary, MD, MPH, MSc AASLD, SSAT
Saturday, May 21 2–3:30 p.m Pancreatic Fluid Collection: Where Are We Now and What Is the Future? Vinay Chandrasekhara, MD; C. Max Schmidt, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS ASGE, SSAT
Saturday, May 21 4–5:30 p.m Cut, Burn or Freeze for Barrett's Esophagus? Prateek Sharma, MD; Blair Jobe, MD ASGE, AGA, SSAT
Sunday, May 22 2–3:30 p.m. Colorectal Cancer Screening Douglas A. Corley, MD; David A. Lieberman, MD, AGAF ASGE, AGA, SSAT
Sunday, May 22 4–5:30 p.m. Achalasia Therapy in 2016 Kyle A. Perry, MD; Field F. Willingham, MD, MPH SSAT, ASGE, AGA
Monday, May 23 8–9:30 a.m. Hereditary Colorectal Syndromes and Their Management Jose G. Guillem, MD; Sapna Syngal, MD SSAT, AGA
Monday, May 23 10–11:30 a.m. Workup and Management of Unknown Liver Masses Michael Volk, MD, AGAF; Shimul A. Shah, MD AASLD, ASGE, AGA
Monday, May 23 2–3:30 p.m. Clinical Challenges of Pancreatic Cysts Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD; Frank G. Gress, MD, AGAF ASGE, AGA, SSAT
Monday, May 23 4–5:30 p.m. Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Update 2016 David A. Katzka, MD; Evan S. Dellon, MD AGA, ASGE
Tuesday, May 24 8–9:30 a.m. New Approaches to the Management of Obesity Samer Mattar, MD; Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE SSAT, ASGE
Tuesday, May 24 10–11:30 a.m. Dysplasia and IBD — How to Find It and What to Do About It Fernando S. Velayos, MD, AGAF; Tonya R. Kaltenbach, MD AGA, ASGE

Combined Translational Symposium

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 89:30 a.m

Manipulating the Microbiome to Treat Gastrointestinal Diseases

Moderators: Stacy A. Khan, MD, and Mark Pimentel, MD

$ = An additional fee is required for this session.

Breakfast with the Experts Learning Objectives

Sunday Sessions

Approach to the Refractory Crohn's Disease Patient (BE01)
Speakers: David G. Binion, Jason Swoger
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of the evaluation of patients with refractory Crohn's for other contributing factors to their disease process.
  2. Discuss optimization of conventional therapies for Crohn's disease in patients with refractory symptoms.
  3. Discuss novel agents and therapeutic approaches to the patient with refractory Crohn's disease, and how this fits into the treatment algorithm.

Barrett's Esophagus: Should We Ablate or Not? (BE02)
Speakers: Prateek Sharma, Gary W. Falk
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the indications for endoscopic ablation therapy in patients with Barrett's esophagus.
  2. Understand the techniques available for endoscopic ablation therapy and their limitations.
  3. Understand the disease recurrence rate and factors influencing recurrences.

Chronic Pancreatitis: Screening for Cancer and Treating the Pain (BE03)
Speakers: Darwin Conwell, Suresh Chari
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify chronic pancreatitis cohorts at risk for pancreas cancer.
  2. Review current chronic pancreatitis pain management strategies/algorithms.
  3. Discuss ongoing research efforts to better understand the pathophysiology, pain and cancer development in chronic pancreatitis.

Doing the Best Quality Colonoscopy and Getting Paid for It (BE04)
Speakers: Philip Schoenfeld, Lawrence Kosinski
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify quality indicators for colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening and colon polyp surveillance.
  2. Discuss interventions to improve endoscopic performance for these quality indicators.
  3. Discuss impact of quality indicators on reimbursement for colonoscopy and identify necessary business practice changes to maximize reimbursement.

ERCP: Minimizing Risks, Maximizing Benefit (BE05)
Speakers: Badih Joseph Elmunzer, Dan Mullady
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the clinical spectrum of adverse events related to ERCP.
  2. Minimize, recognize, and treat common complications due to ERCP.
  3. Employ techniques that maximize the likelihood of a favorable outcome after ERCP.

EUS: Masters Level Cases (BE06)
Speakers: Michael J. Levy, Mohammad A. Al-Haddad
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess recent endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) literature on optimum tissue sampling practices.
  2. Discuss means to improve efficiency and outcomes in EUS guided tissue sampling.
  3. Recognize the factors that enhance safety of EUS guided tissue sampling.

IBD and Dysplasia: Identification and Management (BE07)
Speakers: Julia J. Liu, Francis A. Farraye
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn the dysplasia and colorectal cancer risks associated with IBD.
  2. To be familiar with principles and techniques of image- enhanced endoscopy in diagnosis and differential diagnosis of colitis-associated dysplasia.
  3. To learn the management algorithm for dysplasia in IBD.

Improving Techniques and Outcomes for Non-Variceal Upper GI Bleeding (BE08)
Speakers: Dennis M. Jensen, Ian Gralnek
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discuss the importance of arterial blood flow in risk stratification and endoscopic hemostatis.
  2. Learn about new endoscopic treatment options including Nanopowder, large hemoclips (OVESCO), and Doppler endoscopic probe assisted hemostasis.
  3. Describe changes in the medical, endoscopic, and angiographic treatment for severe rebleeding from non-variceal UGI bleeding including ulcers & Dieulafoy's lesions.

The Microbiome and the GI Tract: What Have We Learned in the Last Year (BE09)

Speaker: Gary D. Wu
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy for the UES, LES and Pylorus (BE10)
Speakers: Christy M. Dunst, Eric Hungness
Sponsoring Society: SSAT
Learning Objectives:

  1. List the procedural steps of POEM.
  2. Explain possible complications and ways to avoid them.
  3. Understand the physiologic and symptomatic outcomes for POEM.

PSC: How to Treat (BE11)
Speakers: Kris V. Kowdley, M. Edwyn Harrison
Sponsoring Society: AASLD
Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the goals of therapy in PSC.
  2. Discuss the current use of UDCA and other therapeutic agents for PSC.
  3. Describe appropriate referral for liver transplant evaluation in PSC.

Monday Sessions

Approach to Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis (BE12)
Speakers: David L. Carr-Locke, Evan Fogel
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the role of ERCP in idiopathic acute recurrent pancreatitis (IARP).
  2. Review the role of EUS in the algorithm of patients presenting with IARP.
  3. Discuss the role of s-MRCP in triage of IARP.
  4. Prove that endoscopy has a critical role in the diagnosis and therapy of IARP.

Difficult Cases in ERCP: Lessons from the Masters (BE13)
Speakers: Sreeni S. Jonnalagadda, John Baillie
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss approaches to difficult bile duct cannulation to avoid complications.
  2. Learn options to manage complex biliary strictures and stone disease.
  3. Understand the complexities of endoscopic management in chronic pancreatitis and ERCP in patients with altered anatomy.

Extraesophageal Reflux: Why the Confusion and What to Do? (BE15)
Speakers: Michael Vaezi, Reza Shaker
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Review physiology and pathophysiology of extra esophageal manifestations of GERD.
  2. Discuss clinical challenges in diagnosing reflux related extra esophageal symptoms.
  3. Provide a clinically relevant treatment algorithm for treating those suspected to have reflux-related extraesophageal symptoms.

Management of IBD Associated Dysplasia of the Colon (BE16)
Speakers: Loren Laine, Fernando S. Velayos
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to perform chromoendoscopy to improve detection of dysplasia in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
  2. Discuss the role of white light and image enhanced endoscopy in detecting dysplasia.
  3. Discuss the role of random biopsies for detecting dysplasia in 2016.

Managing Pancreatic Cysts: Myths and Guidelines (BE17)
Speakers: James M. Scheiman, Badih Joseph Elmunzer
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the clinical spectrum of pancreatic cystic lesions.
  2. Recognize the data supporting the current guidelines regarding pancreatic cysts.
  3. Employ strategies to risk stratify and monitor pancreatic cysts.

NAFL: Who to Screen, Biopsy, Treat? (BE18)
Speaker: Bashar Aqel
Sponsoring Society: AASLD
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

New Endoscopic Bariatric Devices (BE19)
Speakers: Shelby Sullivan, Barham K. Abu Dayyeh
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

Seeing is Believing: Maximizing Your Colonoscopy Technique (BE20)
Speakers: Douglas K. Rex, Carol A. Burke
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize endoscopic techniques to increase polyp detection rates.
  2. Understand the impact of polypectomy techniques on complete polyp eradication.
  3. Know tools to optimize endoscopic mucosal resectal of colorectal polyps.

Writers Workshop Part 2: Submitting and Revising Your Manuscript (BE21)
Speakers: Richard Hodin, Kevin E. Behrns
Sponsoring Society: SSAT
Learning Objectives:

  1. Maximize chances of manuscript acceptance.
  2. Identify common causes of manuscript rejection.
  3. Demonstrate formatting of response to critiques that will make reviewers look more favorably on resubmitted manuscripts.

Tuesday Sessions

Applications of Cholangioscopy: Seeing is Believing (BE22)
Speakers: Mansour A. Parsi, Raj Shah
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss indications for cholangioscopy and pancreatoscopy.
  2. Review cholangioscopy technique.
  3. Recognize potential adverse events associated with cholangioscopy and pancreatoscopy

Barrett's Esophagus: State of the Art Evaluation and Management (BE23)
Speakers: Amitabh Chak, Bruce D. Greenwald
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply the most recent society guidelines for Barrett's esophagus in the following areas:
    • proper documentation using the Prague classification
    • proper biopsy technique
    • role in esophageal biopsy in the patient with an irregular Z-line
  2. Identify appropriate candidates for endoscopic ablation of Barrett's esophagus.
  3. Distinguish differential management strategies for nodular vs non-nodular Barrett's esophagus.

Can't Get There from Here? Tips for Completing the Difficult Colonoscopy (BE24)
Speaker: John L. Petrini
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn techniques to reduce the chances of an incomplete colonoscopy and improve adenoma detection.
  2. Recognize challenging colonoscopy situations and plan appropriately to improve skill sets and reduce potential complications.
  3. Enhance patient comfort during the performing colonoscopy and improve patient satisfaction.

Diet and IBD: What Does the Evidence Tell Us? (BE25)
Speakers: Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan, James Lewis
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the link between diet, the microbiome, and incidence and relapse of inflammatory bowel disease.
  2. Understand the evidence for nutrition as a primary or adjunct therapy for IBD.
  3. Recognize and understand how to treat nutritional deficiencies associated with IBD.

Functional Dyspepsia and Gastroparesis-Stop the Bellyaching! (BE26)
Speakers: Mark Fox, Baharak Moshiree
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the pathophysiology of functional dyspepsia and gastroparesis, their similarities and differences.
  2. Debate the interpretation and use of diagnostic testing and clinical history for differentiating functional dyspepsia from gastroparesis.
  3. Consider selection of conservative, medical, alternative, psychological and surgical (e.g., neurostimulation) therapies.

Management of Pancreatic Fistulas and Bile Leaks (BE27)
Speakers: Mark Callery, Charles Vollmer
Sponsoring Society: SSAT
Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply methods to assess and manage pancreatic fistulas and bile leaks.
  2. Discuss recommended strategies to prevent the development of pancreatic fistulas and bile leaks.

Managing Encephalopathy (BE28)
Speaker: Jasmohan S. Bajaj, Peter Ferenci
Sponsoring Society: AASLD
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

Non-Cardiac Chest Pain: How Do I Diagnose and Treat? (BE29)
Speakers: Joel Richter, Ronnie Fass
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. To recognize the different underlying mechanisms for non-cardiac chest pain.
  2. To understand the proper sequence of diagnostic tests for non-cardiac chest pain.
  3. To identify the different therapeutic modalities for non-cardiac chest pain.

Refractory GERD: What Should We Do for Patients Who Do Not Respond to PPI Therapy? (BE30)
Speakers: Daniel Sifrim, C. Prakash Gyawali
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe correct definition, and clinical differences between persisting GERD symptoms despite antireflux therapy and true refractory GERD.
  2. Understand approaches to evaluation of "unproven" GERD and "proven" GERD in the setting of persisting GERD symptoms.
  3. Comprehend management approaches directed at persisting GERD symptoms.

Treatment of Anorectal Disorders (Hemorrhoids, Fissures, and Incontinence): Yes, You Can! (BE31)
Speakers: Arnold Wald, Satish S. Rao
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the pathophysiology and latest therapies for anal fissures and hemorrhoids.
  2. Learn about clinical features, pathophysiology and new tools for diagnosis of fecal incontinence.
  3. Critically review novel and future therapies for fecal incontinence.

Meet-the-Professor/Investigator Sessions Learning Objectives

Sunday Sessions

Cytokine Pathways Forming the Basis for Emerging IBD Therapies (M01)
Session Presenter: Clara Abraham
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how cytokine pathways under investigation as therapeutic targets for IBD contribute to IBD pathogenesis.
  2. Understand distinct approaches for targeting cytokine pathways in IBD.
  3. Understand potential adverse consequences of emerging cytokine pathway targets in IBD.

How Do I Do That? Growth and Maintenance of Intestinal Organoids (M02)
Session Presenters: Thaddeus Stappenbeck, Scott Magness
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the use of organoids/spheroids in:
    • high throughput screening assays.
    • vectoral transport/barrier function.
    • microbial interaction studies.

The Clostridium difficile Epidemic: Science Meets Stool Transplants (M03)
Session Presenters: Ciaran P. Kelly, Sahil Khanna
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Discriminate between the available treatment choices for initial management of CDI.
  2. Establish a management plan for treatment of recurrent CDI.
  3. Evaluate promising new treatment approaches for CDI.

Fertility and Pregnancy Update in IBD (M05)
Session Presenters: Sunanda V. Kane, Uma Mahadevan
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Learning Objectives:

  1. Appreciate the newest information regarding the use of biologics during pregnancy.
  2. Understand the risks and benefits of a vaginal delivery.
  3. Counsel patients on success rates of fertility treatments.
  4. Acknowledge risks to newborns exposed to therapies in utero and during breastfeeding.

New Treatment for Ascites (M06)
Sponsoring Society: AASLD
Speakers: Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, Florence Wong
Learning Objectives:

  1. The attendee will be able to identify the proper use of albumin in the management of patients with cirrhosis and ascites.
  2. The attendee will be able to recognize candidates for placement of the transjugular intrahepatic porto-systemic shunt in the treatment of refractory ascites.
  3. The attendee will be aware of new, as yet unapproved methods to treat refractory ascites.

Obscure GI Bleeding: Capsule, Balloon or Enterography? A Case-Based Approach (M07)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Andrew S. Ross, Laurel R. Fisher
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

Recognition and Management of Complications Following Bariatric Surgery (M08)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Christopher C. Thompson, Barham K. Abu Dayyeh
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

Tips from the Masters: Management of Upper GI Bleeding (M09)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: John R. Saltzman, Richard C. Wong
Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to optimally initially assess and resuscitate patients including knowing risk score utilization and hemoglobin and INR goals.
  2. Understand the current recommended timing of endoscopy and new techniques for hemostasis.
  3. Be familiar with useful tips and tricks can include the use of caps, Doppler probes and glue injection.

What Should Be in Your ERCP Toolbox in 2016? A Case-Based Approach (M10)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Gregory A. Cote, Subhas Banerjee
Learning Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with tools and techniques to facilitate biliary cannulation in the problematic ampulla.
  2. Recognize endoscopic techniques and devices useful for treating complex biliary stones and strictures.
  3. Understand how to use cholangioscopy and other ERCP-based tissue sampling techniques to maximize diagnostic yield for biliary strictures.

Writers Workshop Part 1: Writing and Editing Your Manuscript (M11)
Sponsoring Society: SSAT
Speakers: Timothy M. Pawlik, Justin B. Dimick
Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe our templates for writing scientific manuscripts, including the goals and desired formats for the Intro, Methods, Results, and Discussion.
  2. Help participants identify which journals are best to target their submissions.
  3. Describe how to strategically respond to a revise and resubmit to improve chances of acceptance.

Monday Sessions

Use of Animal Models to Understand IBD (M12)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: Scott B. Snapper, Jeremy A. Goettel
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

Barrett's Esophagus in 2016: Heat, Cold, Cut or Combo? (M13)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Prateek Sharma, John A. Dumot
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

Behavioral Therapies for IBS and Functional GI Disorders (M14)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: Jeffrey M. Lackner, Laurie Keefer
Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will understand the conceptual foundation for the application of behavioral therapies for IBS and other functional GI disorders.
  2. Attendees will gain an understanding of patients for whom behavioral strategies are most (and least) effective.

Esophageal Motility Disorders: Which Test and How to Interpret? (M15)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: John Pandolfino, Enrique Coss-Adame
Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about the several procedures to assess esophageal function.
  2. Attendees will learn about how to classify esophageal motor disorders using Chicago classification.
  3. Attendees will discuss about interactive clinical vignettes to better understand how to diagnose esophageal motor disorders.

HBV: How Long to Treat? (M16)
Sponsoring Society: AASLD
Speaker: Robert Brown 
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

Management of the Difficult Colon Polyp (M17)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Tonya Kaltenbach, Jerome D. Waye
Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to assess the difficult polyp.
  2. Understand the strategies for safe and complete resection of large sessile and flat polyps in a single session.
  3. Know recommended surveillance intervals and optimal scar assessment after removal of large sessile and flat polyps.

Managing Pouchitis and Pouch Complications (M18)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: Bo Shen, Laura Raffals
Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn the anatomy and landmarks of J, S, and K pouches and their common surgery-related complications (leaks and obstructions).
  2. To learn the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of pouchitis, cuffitis, and Crohn's disease of the pouch.
  3. To learn state-of-the-art medical and endoscopic treatment of pouch disorders.

Novel Approaches to Managing Celiac Disease (M19)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: Govind Bhagat, Alberto Rubio-Tapia
Learning Objectives:

  1. To review pathogenesis of celiac disease and etiologies of non-responsive celiac disease.
  2. To understand current treatment and the challenges of a gluten free diet.
  3. To discuss novel approaches for managing patients with celiac disease.

Patch, Plug or Clip: Endoscopic Approaches to Perforations, Fistulas and Leaks (M20)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Gottumukkala S. Raju, Louis M. Wong Kee Song
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the indications and caveats regarding endoscopic management of perforations, fistulas and leaks.
  2. Learn the endoscopic tools and techniques available for the management of perforations, fistulas and leaks.
  3. Outline the outcomes of endoscopic management for perforations, fistulas and leaks.

Tips to Stay Out of Trouble and Get Good Outcomes with PEH Repair (M21)
Sponsoring Society: SSAT
Speakers: Steven R. DeMeester, Brant Oelschlager
Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain best practices for PEH repair.
  2. Describe the risks involved in laparoscopic PEH repair and methods to avoid complications.

WPON, When and How? The Endoscopic Management of Severe Acute Pancreatitis (M22)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Timothy Gardner, Field F. Willingham
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the principles underlying the endoscopic management of walled off pancreatic necrosis.
  2. Understand the endoscopic modalities for trans-luminal decompression of peri-pancreatic fluid collections.
  3. Explore the endoscopic approaches for wire access in challenging presentations with pancreatitis.

Tuesday Sessions

Breath Hydrogen Testing: When, How, and What to Do About It (M23)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: Mark Pimentel, David C. Kunkel
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

WATS Up! and Novel Imaging Technologies in the Surveillance of Barrett's Esophagus (M24)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: Kenneth K. Wang, Kerry B. Dunbar
Learning Objectives:

  1. To review current endoscopic imaging techniques for surveillance of Barrett's esophagus.
  2. To discuss novel endoscopic imaging techniques and research opportunities in patients with Barrett's esophagus.
  3. To describe the use of endoscopic imaging to guide therapeutic procedures in patients with Barrett's esophagus.

Clinical Dilemmas from the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic (M25)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: Edward V. Loftus, Siddharth Singh
Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate "treat-to-target" strategy in patients with IBD in clinical remission.
  2. Understand role of therapeutic drug monitoring in patients with IBD with suboptimal clinical response to anti-TNF therapy.
  3. Discuss the use of biologics in high-risk patients (history of prior malignancy, serious infections) with IBD.

Constipation and Diarrhea: From Bench to Bedside (M26)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: Michael Camilleri, Jasmine Zia
Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the possible etiologies of chronic constipation and diarrhea (e.g., altered transit time, bile acid secretion, immune and/or hormonal signaling, etc.) and explore how this could lead to targeted therapy.
  2. Understand the underlying mechanisms of the latest generation of medications used to treat chronic constipation and diarrhea.
  3. Discuss the promising pipeline of investigational drugs for the future treatment of chronic constipation and diarrhea.

Emergencies in Colo-Rectal Cancer: Resect, Divert or Stent (M27)
Sponsoring Society: SSAT
Speakers: Sharon L. Stein, Y. Nancy You
Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize clinical senarios in patients with colorectal cancer that warrant emergency intervention.
  2. Understand options for emergency intervention for colorectal cancer.
  3. Delineate key factors to consider when making a patient-centered decision regarding the optimal strategy for emergencies in colorectal cancer.

Endoscopic Management of IBD Complications (M28)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Bo Shen, Udayakumar Navaneethan
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

HCV: Current Management and Screening (M29)
Sponsoring Society: AASLD
Speakers: Norah A. Terrault, Paul Y. Kwo
Learning Objectives: Coming soon

Heavy Metal or Simply Plastic: Managing Benign and Malignant Biliary Strictures (M30)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Amrita Sethi, Patrick S. Yachimski
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand options for use of plastic vs. metal biliary stents for palliation of malignant distal bile duct obstruction.
  2. Discuss the role of multiple plastic stents vs. fully covered metal stents for management of benign ischemic biliary strictures (post-choleycstectomy, post liver transplant).
  3. Discuss options for plastic stents vs. metal stents for management of biliary strictures in the setting of chronic pancreatitis.

Pancreatic Cysts: Evidence-Based Approach to Diagnosis and Management (M31)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: John M. DeWitt, Anne Marie Lennon
Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the classification, malignant potential, imaging appearance and the role of EUS in the diagnosis of pancreatic cystic neoplasms.
  2. Review the recently published AGA guidelines on the management of asymptomatic pancreatic cysts.
  3. Discuss appropriate patients for referral for surgery, surveillance and endoscopic therapy.

Testing for GERD: What Options and How? (M32)
Sponsoring Society: AGA
Speakers: Marcelo F. Vela, Philip Katz
Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to list the available diagnostic tests for GERD and their optimal use.
  2. Be able to develop a plan to utilize available tests to evaluate refractory GERD.

When a Simple Stretch Won't Do: Management of the Defiant Esophageal Stricture (M33)
Sponsoring Society: ASGE
Speakers: Uzma D. Siddiqui, Gregory G. Ginsberg
Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize and describe the causes of refractory strictures.
  2. Evaluate the options for their management.
  3. Demonstrate the use of adjunctive therapies, including stents, in selected cases.