SSAT Highlights

$ SSAT PG/Maintenance of Certification Course

Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m.–Noon

This year the SSAT will conduct two concurrent PG/MOC Courses. The first will focus on Colo-Rectal topics "Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery" which will focus on diverticulitis, intra-operative management of IBD and colon cancer. 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. The format will be a mix of didactic sessions and case presentations. 

The second course will focus on the HPB topic "Minimally Invasive Approaches to Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgeries" focusing on pancreatic and liver surgery. The format will be a mix of didactic sessions along with videos and conclude with case presentations. We expect all participants to leave with an enhanced understanding of both the current state-ofthe-art practices and where we are going as GI physicians. Completion of this course will help fulfill Part II MOC requirements.

$ SSAT Hands-On Courses 

Saturday, May 16, 1–5 p.m.

The SSAT will conduct two new concurrent Hands-On Sessions in the Exhibit Hall. The first session will focus on HPB with pancreas and liver open and laparoscopic work stations. The second course will focus on transanal excision of tumors of the rectum. Through a hands-on educational initiative, a comprehensive review of operative techniques and available devices for the pancreas and liver (course one) and transanal endoscopic surgery (TES) procedures (course two) will take place.

Opening Session

Sunday, May 17, 7:30–8 a.m.

SSAT’s 56th Annual Meeting begins with an opening session that will include the introduction of new members, announcements of SSAT-funded awards, reports from the SSAT Foundation 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 17, 8–9 a.m. and 10:15–11 a.m.

Plenary Oral Presentations

Sunday, May 17, 2–3:30 p.m. and 4–5:30 p.m.

Monday, May 18, 8–9:30 a.m. and 2–3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19, 8–9:30 a.m. and 1011:30 a.m.

Presidential Address

Sunday, May 17, 9–9:45 a.m.

Speaker: Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, president, SSAT

Doris and John L. Cameron Guest Oration

 Leading Innovation in the Age of Health-Care Transformation

Sunday, May 17, 11–11:45 a.m.

Speaker: Jeff Degraff, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

State-of-the-Art Conference

The Present and Future of Metabolic Surgery

Sunday, May 17, 2–3:30 p.m.

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

Video Sessions 

Sunday, May 17, 4–5:30 p.m. (featuring Small Bowel & Colorectal)

Monday, May 18, 8–9:30 a.m. (featuring Esophagus & Gastric)

Tuesday, May 19, 10–11:30 a.m. (featuring HBV)

Controversies in GI Surgery

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

Controversies in GI Surgery A

Monday, May 18, 10–11 a.m.

  • Buried Barrett Metaplasia after Endoluminal Ablation: A Ticking Time Bomb or Much Ado About Nothing?

Controversies in GI Surgery B and C 

Monday, May 18, 4–5 p.m.

  • Postoperative Medical Management of Crohn’s Disease: Prevention and Surveillance Strategies.
  • Does Liver Resection Improve the Outcome of Patients with Colorectal Liver Metastases and Extrahepatic Disease?


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

SSAT/AHPBA Symposium
Starting A Career In Hepatobiliary Surgery
Monday, May 18, 8–9:30 a.m.

Optimizing Outcomes following the Low Anastomosis for Rectal Cancer
Monday, May 18, 2–3:30 p.m.

SSAT/ISDS Breakfast Symposium

Tuesday, May 19, 7:45–9:30 a.m.

Kelly and Carlos Pellegrini SSAT/SAGES Lunch Symposium
Improving Your Patient’s Operative Experience: Practical AdviceTuesday, May 19, Noon–3 p.m.

Quick Shot Oral Presentations

Sunday, May 17, 4–5:30 p.m.

Monday, May 18, 8–9:30 a.m. and 10–11:30 a.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

Monday, May 18, 10–11 a.m. and 4–5 p.m.

The SSAT “Ward Rounds” are case-based sessions that feature heightened interactivity between audience and panel experts in a freewheeling educational format. 

  • Management of the Failed Fundoplication: What to Do About Recurrent and New Symptoms.
  • Neuroendocrine Liver Metastases: Observation, Resection, Ablation or Symptom Suppression?
  • Hereditary Colorectal Neoplasia: What Is the State of the Art in Diagnosis and Management?

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

A Recipe for Radical Curricular Change in Postgraduate Surgical Training

Monday, May 18, 11–11:45 a.m.

Speaker: Peter Ferguson, Mount Sinai Hospital

Resident Education Committee Panel

A Primer for Your Job Search

Sunday, May 17, 2–3:30 p.m.

Continuing Education Committee Panel

Advances in Endoscopic Surgical Interventions

Monday, May 18, 2–3:30 p.m.


$ = An additional fee is required for this session.