SSAT Highlights

$ SSAT Hands-On Courses 

Saturday, May  21, 2016, 1–5 p.m.
Sunday, May  22, 2016, 1–5 p.m.

The SSAT will conduct three 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 small bowel/ colorectal with transanal excision of the tumors of the rectum. The third course will focus on the esophagus and gastric track with POEM, achalasia and EMR/ESD work stations. Through a hands-on educational initiative, a comprehensive review of operative techniques and available devices for the pancreas and liver (course one), small bowel and colorectal (course two), and esophagus and gastric (course three) will take place.

Opening Session

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 7:30–8 a.m.

SSAT’s 57th 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 22, 2016, 8–9 a.m. and 10:15–11 a.m.

Plenary Oral Presentations

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2–3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 23, 2016, 8–9:30 a.m. and 2–3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1011:30 a.m.

Presidential Address

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 9–9:45 a.m.
Speaker: Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, president, SSAT

Doris and John L. Cameron Guest Oration

Topic TBD
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 11–11:45 a.m.

State-of-the-Art Conference

New Frontiers in Liver Surgery
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2–3:30 p.m.

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

Video Sessions 

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 4–5:30 p.m.

Monday, May 23, 2016, 8–9:30 a.m. 
(Continental breakfast provided.)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 8–9:30 a.m. 

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

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 23, 2016, 10–11 a.m.

  • POEM vs. Laparoscopic Heller — Which is Now the Gold Standard?

Controversies in GI Surgery B and C 
Monday, May 23, 2016, 4–5 p.m.

  • Mixed-Duct IPMN — Resect or Observe?
  • Clinical Complete Response After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation for Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer: Watch and Wait or Radical Surgery?


The SSAT continues its tradition of presenting symposia with the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and European Hepato?Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA/E-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
Extending the Limits of Resection for Colorectal Liver Metastases
Monday, May 23, 2016, 8–9:30 a.m.

Rectal Cancer: How Best to Perform a Total Mesorectal Excision
Monday, May 23, 2016, 2–3:30 p.m.

SSAT/ISDS Breakfast Symposium
Chronic Inflammation and Neoplastic Transformation: Pathways, Prevention and Treatment
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 7:30–9:30 a.m.

Kelly and Carlos Pellegrini SSAT/SAGES Lunch Symposium
Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus and Early Esophageal Cancer
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Noon–3 p.m.

Quick Shot Oral Presentations

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 4–5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 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 23, 2016, 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. 

  • Alternatives to Fundoplication for GERD: An Objective Look at the Data
  • Preoperative and Intraoperative Strategies for Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma 
  • Diverticulitis: Management in 2015

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

The Best Medicine: Leadership Lessons for Work and Life
Monday, May 23, 2016, 11–11:45 a.m.
Speaker: Bruce L. Gewertz, MD

Resident Education Committee Panel

Work-Life Balance: Preventing or Recovering From Burnout|
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 4–5:30 p.m.

Public Policy Panel

Regionalization: Will It Improve Patient Safety or Hurt Access to GI Surgery Care?
Monday, May 23, 2016, 2–3:30 p.m.

Combined Diversity Symposium

Diversity and Inclusion for Digestive Diseases: Workforce, Leadership and Health-Care Disparities
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2016, 2–3:30 p.m.

SSAT Surgical Fellowship Fair

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 4–5:30 p.m.

After all these years of education and training, now you have to decide about a specialty area in surgery. How do you decide which fellowship would be a good fit for you? What is it like to be a colorectal surgeon? What about a hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) surgeon … or a bariatric surgeon? 

Representatives from major surgical societies will present their specialties and surgical societies, and answer questions related to their fellowship programs and career options.

PG/MOC Committee Panel

Robotics for the GI Surgeon: Training, Economics and the Future

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10–11:30 a.m.

$ = An additional fee is required for this session.