SSAT Highlights

For complete details about the SSAT Annual Meeting, please visit the SSAT website at

SSAT Maintenance of Certification Course

The General Surgeon Performing GI Surgery: Current Management of Benign and Malignant Foregut Diseases

Saturday, May 3, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

This year the SSAT MOC Course will focus on the management of diseases of the stomach and esophagus as well as bariatric surgery. This course will explore the evidence that supports the management of these disorders, and experts will provide a “how I do it” approach to their subject areas.

Registration Fees

Category Fee
SSAT Member $350
SSAT Candidate Member $50
Nonmember $400
Nonmember Trainee

Opening Session

Sunday, May 4, 7:30–8 a.m.

SSAT’s 55th Annual Meeting begins with an opening session that will include the introduction of new members, announcements of scholarship awards, reports from the SSAT Foundation, recognition of the Foundation donors and conferment of the Founders Medal. The session will be immediately followed by the Presidential Plenary Session and the Presidential Address.

Plenary Sessions

Presidential Plenary A and B

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 8–9 a.m. and 10:15–11 a.m.

Plenary Oral Presentations

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2–3:30 p.m. and 4–5:30 p.m.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 10–11 a.m. and 2–3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 8–9:30 a.m. and 10–11:30 a.m.

Presidential Address

Speaker: Robin S. McLeod, MD, President, SSAT
Sunday, May 4, 2013, 9–9:45 a.m.

Doris and John L. Cameron Guest Oration

Sunday, May 4, 2013, 11–11:45 a.m.

State-of-the-Art Conference

Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2–4:30 p.m.

The SSAT State-of-the-Art Conference is sponsored by the SSAT Research Committee.

Video Sessions

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2–3:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 7:30–9:30 a.m.
(Continental breakfast provided)

The breakfast session featured a potpourri of topics, while the other two were themed sessions. All featured peer-reviewed presentations selected from submitted video abstracts.

Controversies in GI Surgery

Each of these sessions provided a forum for two debates in which distinguished faculty will tackle opposing sides of hot-topic, controversial GI issues.

Controversies in GI Surgery A

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2–3:30 p.m.

  • Incisional Hernia Repair: Prosthetic vs. Biological Mesh
  • Bariatric Surgery Centers: Real Centers of Excellence or an Illusion?

Controversies in GI Surgery B

Monday, May 5, 2014, 2–3:30 p.m.

  • Management of Small Duct Chronic Pancreatitis: Medical vs. Surgical Management
  • Paraesophageal Hernias: Mesh vs. No Mesh Repair

International Relations Committee Panel

Rising Stars in Colorectal Surgery: Highlights of Landmark Publications in 2010–2012

Sunday, May 4, 4–5:30 p.m.

SSAT Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Panel

The 2014 National Debate: Expected and Unintended Consequences of the Affordable Care Act

Monday, May 5, 2014, 8–9:30 a.m.


The SSAT continued its tradition of presenting symposia with the AHPBA (American Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association), ASCRS (American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons), ISDS (International Society for Digestive Surgery) and SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) at DDW.

SSAT/AHPBA Symposium: Current Treatment Strategies for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Monday, May 5, 2014, 8–9:30 a.m.

SSAT/ASCRS Symposium: Improving Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness of Colorectal Surgery

Monday, May 5, 2014, 2–3:30 p.m.

SSAT/ISDS Breakfast Symposium: Updates in Surgery For GI Cancer

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 7:30–9:30 a.m.

Kelly and Carlos Pellegrini SSAT/SAGES Lunch Symposium: Quality Indicators: Defining It Before Someone Else Does It For Us!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, noon–3 p.m.

Quick Shot Oral Presentations

Monday, May 5, 2014, 10–11 a.m. and 4–5 p.m.

Authors present brief oral reports on their work, with time allotted for follow-up questions from the audience during sessions on Monday.

Clinical Ward Rounds

The SSAT “Ward Rounds” wee cased-based sessions that featured heightened interactivity between audience and panel experts in a freewheeling educational format.

Personalized Treatment of Synchronous Colorectal Liver Metastases and Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer

Monday, May 5, 2014, 10–11 a.m.

Candidates and Techniques for Endotherapy of Superficial (T1) Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Monday, May 5, 2014, 4–5 p.m.

Maja and Frank G. Moody State-of-the-Art Lecture

Speaker: Speaker: John C. Alverdy, Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson professor of surgery, University of Chicago
Monday, May 5, 2014, 11–11:45 a.m.

SSAT Continuing Education Committee Panel

Strategies for the Deployment of Continuing Education Across the Surgeon Career Spectrum

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10:30 –11:30 a.m.