ACG 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting

Join GI physicians from around the U.S. and the world for the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting. ACG 2019 will deliver the latest clinical information on timely topics in gastroenterology and hepatology.

The ACG 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting is still FREE for ACG members. Attend and earn CME and MOC.

Monday, October 28, 2019
6:00 am Registration Opens
6:30 am Optional Breakfast Sessions – Choose from 6
(You must register and pay separately for breakfast sessions during the registration process.)

Breakfast A: IBD at the Extremes: From Babies to Boomers

Moderator: Christina Y. Ha, MD, FACG

  • Preconception to Pregnancy
    Eugenia Shmidt, MD
    Emphasize the importance of pre-, peri-, and postpartum care for women with IBD.
  • Transitions of Care
    Jill K. J. Gaidos, MD, FACG
    Propose strategies for seamless transition from pediatric to adult GI care.
  • The Older Patient
    Christina Y. Ha, MD, FACG
    Distinguish the additional needs of older patients living with IBD.

Breakfast B: Anorectal Disorders

Moderator: Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, MACG

  • I Am Itching to Show and Tell: Benign and Malignant Anorectal Lesions
    Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, MACG
    Recognize various benign and malignant anorectal pathologies.
  • Taking on Hemorrhoids: Things to Consider
    Harry E. Sarles, Jr., MD, FACG
    Identify and describe various options available to treat hemorrhoidal disease.
  • Management of Anorectal POOpouri: Pruritus, Proctalgia, Seepage, and Perianal Dermatitis
    Satish S.C. Rao, MD, PhD, FACG
    Describe various treatment options for common perianal symptoms.

Breakfast C: Challenges in ERCP

Moderator: Prabhleen Chahal, MD, FACG

  • Evaluation and Management of Hilar Obstruction
    Prabhleen Chahal, MD, FACG
    Outline new paradigms in the management of hilar biliary obstruction.
  • Approach to the Difficult ERCP
    Vivek Kaul, MD, FACG
    Explain how to approach and manage difficult ERCP scenarios.
  • Quality Indicators in ERCP
    Patrick S. Yachimski, MD, MPH
    Identify best practice principles and quality indicators in ERCP practice.

Breakfast D: Conundrums in Motility: How the Experts Handle Tough Cases

Moderator: John E. Pandolfino, MD, MSCI, FACG

  • UES Dysfunction/Cricopharyngeal Bar
    Reza Shaker, MD, FACG
    Describe the management of upper esophageal sphincter dysfunction/cricopharyngeal bar through the evaluation of cases.
  • Ineffective Esophageal Motility/Hypomotility Disorders
    C. Prakash Gyawali, MD, MRCP, FACG
    Discuss the management of IEM/hypomotility disorders through the evaluation of cases.
  • GEJ Outflow Obstruction
    John E. Pandolfino, MD, MSCI, FACG
    Explain the management of gastroesophageal junction outflow obstruction through the evaluation of cases.

Breakfast E: Remaining Challenges in the Management of Hepatitis C Infection
Moderator: Norah A. Terrault, MD, MPH, FACG

  • Hepatitis C Management: Overview and Update
    Nancy S. Reau, MD, FACG
    Review the current state-of-the-art treatment options for hepatitis C.
  • Difficult-to-Treat HCV Patients
    Norah A. Terrault, MD, MPH, FACG
    Discuss the treatment options for hepatitis C in patients with decompensated cirrhosis, recognize treatment options for HCV patients who have failed prior therapies, and identify the unique needs of injection drug users with HCV infection.
  • Management of the Cured HCV Patient
    Joseph K. Lim, MD, FACG
    Identify the long-term management of the hepatitis C patient who has been cured of their infection.

Breakfast F: Challenges in Small Bowel Bleeding
Moderator: Elizabeth Rajan, MD

  • Approach to the Patient with Obscure GI Bleeding
    Elizabeth Rajan, MD
    Describe the classification and etiologies of small bowel bleeding and explain the approach to initial work-up of patients with small bowel bleeding.
  • Update and Quality Metrics in Capsule Endoscopy
    Jodie A. Barkin, MD
    Discuss new updates in video capsule endoscopy technology, and define markers of quality in the preparation, performance, and interpretation of video capsule endoscopy with strategies for optimization.
  • Medical and Endoscopic Management of Small Bowel Angioectasias and Other Lesions
    Kathy P. Bull-Henry, MD, FACG
    Recognize the role of small bowel enteroscopy and medical therapies in managing small bowel bleeding due to angioectasias and other lesions.
7:50 am Annual Scientific Meeting
7:50 am Opening Remarks
Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, ACG President
8:00 am Presidential Plenary Session 1
Moderators: Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, and Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG
9:00 am President's Address
Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, ACG President
Introduced by: Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, ACG President-Elect
9:30 am Presidential Plenary Session 2
Moderators: Mark B. Pochapin, MD, 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: CRC Screening and Surveillance Conundrums

Moderator: Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG

  • At What Age Should I Start Screening and When Should I stop?
    Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG
    Discuss the evidence to support or refute starting colonoscopy screening at age 45 and stopping after age 75.
  • Colon Polypectomy, What Should You Use: Forceps to ESD
    Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
    Review best practice for colon polyp removal depending on polyp size.
  • What Should I Do With a Positive Stool Test After a Negative Colonoscopy?
    Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
    Explain an evidence-based approach to a positive stool test after a recent negative colonoscopy.

Symposium 1B: Controversies in Esophageal Disease: Expert Debates

Moderator: Christine Y. Hachem, MD, FACG

  • Do Endoscopic Anti-Reflux Therapies Have a Role in 2019?
    Pro: Ronnie Fass, MD, FACG
    Con: Seth J. Richter, MD, FACG
    Compare effectiveness of endoscopic anti-reflux therapies in the management of GERD.
  • Debating the Management of Achalasia: Is E-POEM Now a First-Line Therapy?
    Pro: Marcelo F. Vela, MD, MSCR, FACG
    Con: Philip O. Katz, MD, MACG
    Compare effectiveness of POEM, pneumatic dilation, and Heller myotomy in the management of achalasia.

Symposium 1C: Improving Your Clinical Practice

Moderator: Shivangi T. Kothari, MD, FACG

  • Quality Metrics in Your Endoscopic Practice
    Colleen M. Schmitt, MD, MHS, FACG
    Define quality metrics in the endoscopy unit and gastroenterology clinic and recognize the role of GIQuIC and tools for quality reporting.
  • Integrating Advanced Practice Providers in Your Clinical Practice
    Shivangi T. Kothari, MD, FACG, AND Mary S. Vetter, ANP
    Explain how APPs can play an important role in your gastroenterology practice and identify techniques for their training.
  • Telemedicine in Gastroenterology: Why and How to Adopt It Into Your Practice
    Harry E. Sarles, Jr., MD, FACG
    Describe how telemedicine adds value to the practice of gastroenterology, how to integrate telemedicine into your practice, and discuss liability issues relative to telehealth.
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 Scientific Poster Session – Authors Present and Poster Rounds with the Experts
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
Celiac Disease: Myths and Mysteries
Ciaran P. Kelly, MD, FACG
Introduced by: Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, and Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
Appreciate the diverse clinical presentations of celiac disease, recognize the challenges and limitations of treatment with a gluten-free diet and the need for non-dietary adjunctive therapies.
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: Positioning Therapies in IBD: What’s the Initial Treatment Strategy?

Moderator: David T. Rubin, MD, FACG

  • Low-Risk Crohn’s Disease – Do We Need to Do Anything at All?
    Kim L. Isaacs, MD, PhD, FACG
    Define and identify treatment strategies for low-risk Crohn’s disease.
  • High-Risk Ulcerative Colitis – Where Do We Start?
    David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
    Discuss medication selection based on patient and disease-related factors for high-risk UC.
  • High-Risk Crohn’s Disease – More Options, More Questions?
    Uma Mahadevan, MD, FACG
    Position the newer mechanisms of action into the treatment algorithm for high-risk Crohn’s disease patients.

Symposium 2B: Challenging Functional Complaints

Moderator: Linda Anh B. Nguyen, MD

  • POTS and EDS: What Does a Gastroenterologist Need to Know?
    Linda Anh B. Nguyen, MD
    Recognize and discuss the emerging overlap between postural tachycardia syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes in gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Neuromodulation for Functional Abdominal Pain
    Brooks D. Cash, MD, FACG
    Discuss the diagnosis and treatment of chronic functional abdominal pain.
  • Things That Make You Go Green: Cyclic Vomiting, Cannabinoid Hyperemesis, and Chronic Nausea
    Edith Y. Ho, MD, MS, FACG
    Differentiate between different functional etiologies of nausea and vomiting.

Symposium 2C: Live From San Antonio! The 7th Annual Endoscopy Video Forum

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

Judges: Jodie A. Barkin, MD; Qiang Cai, MD, PhD, FACG; Prabhleen Chahal, MD, FACG; David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG; Vanessa M. Shami, MD, FACG; Allison R. Schulman, MD, MPH; and Kevin E. Woods, MD, MPH
Demonstrate interesting endoscopic findings and techniques encountered in daily clinical practice.

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