ACG 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting

Join GI physicians from around the U.S. and the world for the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting. ACG 2018 will deliver the latest clinical information on timely topics in gastroenterology and hepatology.

The ACG 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting is still FREE for ACG members. Attend and earn CME and MOC.

Monday, October 8, 2018 | 7:50 AM – 6:00 PM
6:00 am Registration
6:30 am Optional Breakfast Sessions – Choose from 4
(You must register and pay separately for breakfast sessions during the registration process.)

Breakfast A: Advances in the Management of Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension

Moderator: Arun J. Sanyal, MD

  • Evaluation of Acute Kidney Injury in a Cirrhotic Patient: HRS and Beyond
    Arun J. Sanyal, MD
    Discuss best practices in the evaluation of acute kidney injury in patients with liver cirrhosis, and guideline recommendations for the management of hepatorenal syndrome.
  • Management of Hepatic Encephalopathy
    Catherine T. Frenette, MD
    Apply current and evolving guidelines for the diagnosis and management of occult and overt hepatic encephalopathy.
  • Optimizing Your Patient With Ascites
    Nahum Mendez Sanchez, MD, MSc, PhD, FACG
    Outline a stepwise approach to managing a patient with ascites.

Breakfast B: On the Wards ─ Challenges in the Hospitalized Patient

Moderator: Kathy P. Bull-Henry, MD, FACG

  • Refractory Small Bowel Bleeding
    Kathy P. Bull-Henry, MD, FACG
    Describe the approach to management of hospitalized patients with refractory small bowel bleeding.
  • Abdominal Pain in Complicated Pancreatitis
    Darwin L. Conwell, MD, MS
    Explain the management of hospitalized patients with complicated pancreatitis, including necrotizing pancreatitis and fluid collections.
  • Management of Constipation, Ileus, and Narcotic Bowel
    Melissa Latorre, MD, MS
    Discuss the timely management of hospitalized patients with generalized GI dysmotility with nausea, vomiting, chronic abdominal pain, and constipation.

Breakfast C: Concepts and Controversies in Diverticular Disease

Moderator: Neil H. Stollman MD, FACG

  • Acute Diverticulitis: Can We Prevent It, How Best to Treat It, and Can We Decrease Its Recurrence?
    Neil H. Stollman MD, FACG
    Identify risk factors for diverticulitis, possible interventions to prevent and treat it, and the changing role of antibiotics.
  • Diverticular Bleeding: Can We Prevent It, How Best to Treat It, and Can We Decrease Its Recurrence?
    Anne F. Peery, MD, MSCR
    Explain risk factors for diverticular bleeding, as well as possible interventions to prevent and treat it.
  • SUDD and SCAD: Are They Entities in Their Own Right, and How Should We Treat Them?
    Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
    Discuss the emerging entities of SUDD and SCAD and their possible clinical outcomes and interventions.

Breakfast D: Case-Based Functional GI Testing: Ask the Experts

Moderator: Mark Pimentel, MD, FACG

  • Esophageal Motility and pH Testing
    John E. Pandolfino, MD, MSCI, FACG
    Illustrate the key factors related to the performance and interpretation of esophageal motility and pH testing.
  • Breath Testing
    Mark Pimentel, MD, FACG
    Summarize the updated consensus recommendations on breath testing and describe clinical applications.
  • Pelvic Floor Testing
    Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, DO, MACG
    Discuss common diagnostic tests and their interpretation for anorectal disorders.
7:50 am Opening Remarks
Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG, ACG President
8:00 am Presidential Plenary Session 1
Moderators: Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG, and Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG
9:00 am President's Address
Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG
Introduced by: Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, ACG President-Elect
9:30 am Presidential Plenary Session 2
Moderators: Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, and Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG
10:00 am Exhibit Hall Opens
10:15 am Hands-On Endoscopy Workshop Center Opens
10:30 am Break – Visit the Exhibit Hall and Browse Scientific Posters
10:30 am Exhibitor Theater
11:30 am Simultaneous Symposia Session 1 – Choose from 3

Symposium 1A: Conundrums of the Esophagus

Moderator: Fouad J. Moawad, MD, FACG

  • I Think It’s Stuck in My Gullet: Managing Dysphagia
    Ikuo Hirano, MD, FACG
    Discuss the stepwise approach to managing a patient with difficulty swallowing.
  • The EoE Spectrum: From the Clinically Responsive to the Refractory Patient
    Fouad J. Moawad, MD, FACG
    Recognize both the medical and endoscopic therapeutic treatment endpoints for EoE.
  • PPIs: Friend or Foe?
    Paul Moayyedi, MB ChB, PhD, MPH, FACG
    Identify the risks of long-term PPI use and weigh them against the benefits.

Symposium 1B: Update in CRC Screening

Moderator: Joseph C. Anderson, MD, MHCDS, FACG

  • CRC Screening Outside the ASC: Non-Invasive Testing
    Douglas J. Robertson, MD, MPH
    Discuss the performance characteristics of stool (FIT and fecal DNA) and serum-based testing including implications of a positive test and a normal colonoscopy.
  • The Cutting Edge of Serrated Polyps
    Joseph C. Anderson, MD, MHCDS, FACG
    Identify the biology, diagnosis, and classification of serrated polyps, as well as optimal detection, resection and surveillance of them.
  • Thinking Big About Small Lesions
    Thomas F. Imperiale, MD
    Describe the management of small adenomas including detection, resection, and surveillance, and new concepts such as optical diagnosis and resect and discard.

Symposium 1C: Advances in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Moderator: Naga P. Chalasani, MD, FACG

  • Initial Work-Up and Evaluation of a Patient With NAFLD
    Naga P. Chalasani, MD, FACG
    Describe an evidence-based approach for the general gastroenterologist in the initial screening, diagnosis, work-up, and staging of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
  • Current Management of NAFLD/NASH: Medical, Endoscopic, and Surgical Therapies
    Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH, FACG
    Discuss current guidelines for the management and treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), including medical, endoscopic, and surgical therapies.
  • Future Therapies for NAFLD/NASH
    Arun J. Sanyal, MD
    Summarize evolving and future strategies for NASH treatment including clinical trial data and implications for clinical practice.
12:45 pm Lunch Break – Visit the Exhibit Hall and Browse Scientific Posters
12:45 pm ACG – FDA Public Forum
12:45 pm Exhibitor Theater
1:00 pm Poster Session – Authors Present
1:40 pm Exhibitor Theater
2:15 pm Simultaneous Plenary Sessions 1 – Choose from 2
  • Plenary Session 1A
  • Plenary Session 1B
3:15 pm The American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture
What Causes Functional GI Disorders? The Latest Data and Insights
Nicholas J. Talley, MD, MBBS, PhD, MMedSci, MACG
Introduced by: Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, and Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
Recognize known and emerging risk factors for functional GI disorders including infections, foods and alterations in the microbiome.
3:45 pm Break – Visit the Exhibit Hall and Browse Scientific Posters
3:45 pm Exhibitor Theater
4:00 pm How to Get Published: ACG Journal Editors Roundtable
Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG, and David C. Whitcomb, MD, PhD, FACG
4:45 pm Simultaneous Symposia Session 2 – Choose from 3

Symposium 2A: Is There Consensus? Challenging Cases in IBD

Moderator: Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG

  • Managing Ulcerative Colitis in the Sick Outpatient
    Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
    Illustrate the importance of a systematic approach to management of complicated ulcerative colitis patients.
  • Crohn’s Disease Complicated by an Intraabdominal Abscess – What First? Poke, Prod, or Cut?
    Miguel D. Regueiro, MD, FACG
    Recognize the different approaches to managing the patient with complicated Crohn’s disease.
  • Perianal CD – When Anti-TNF Therapy Is Not Enough
    David A. Schwartz, MD, FACG
    Describe the treatment options available for complicated perianal Crohn’s disease.

Symposium 2B: How to Handle Tough Functional Disorders ─ What To Do When Typical Treatments Fail

Moderator: Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG

  • Burning, Chest Pain, Nausea, and Vomiting
    John O. Clarke, MD
    Formulate diagnostic and management algorithms for functional upper gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Bloating, Belching, and Abdominal Distention
    Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
    Summarize different diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the management of functional excess gas.
  • ACG IBS Treatment Monograph: What You Need To Know
    Eamonn M. M. Quigley, MD, MACG
    Discuss current strategies around the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome.

Symposium 2C: Live From Philadelphia! The 6th Annual Endoscopy Video Forum

Moderators: Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG, and Vivek Kaul, MD, FACG

Judges: Douglas G. Adler, MD, FACG, Qiang Cai, MD, PhD, FACG, Laith H. Jamil, MD, FACG, Harshit S. Khara, MD, FACG, Shivangi T. Kothari, MD, FACG, and Reem Z. Sharaiha, MD, MSc

6:00 pm Annual Scientific Meeting Adjourns for the day.
6:00 pm ACG’s Annual Business Meeting
All Members and Fellows of ACG are invited.