SSAT Highlights

It was a week of informative and highly impactful plenaries for SSAT. DDW TV profiles the week of sessions and talks to the speakers of Plenary V as well as an SSAT past president. View the information below for additional information and videos of 2014 SSAT programming.

SSAT Maintenance of Certification Course

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

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

Jean-Nicolas Vauthey, MD, talked to DDW TV about the valuable sessions at DDW 2014, including the SSAT Maintenance Certification Course, some exciting plenaries and even a public discussion of the Affordable Care Act. Watch video.

Opening Session

SSAT’s 55th Annual Meeting began with an opening session that included 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 was immediately followed by the Presidential Plenary Session and the Presidential Address.

Plenary Sessions

Presidential Plenary A and B

Plenary Oral Presentations

Presidential Address

Speaker: Robin S. McLeod, MD, President, SSAT

Doris and John L. Cameron Guest Oration

State-of-the-Art Conference

Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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

Video Sessions

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

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

Controversies in GI Surgery B

  • 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

SSAT Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Panel

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


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

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

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

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

Quick Shot Oral Presentations

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

Clinical Ward Rounds

The SSAT “Ward Rounds” were 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

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

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

SSAT Continuing Education Committee Panel

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