ACG 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

Join GI physicians from around the U.S. and the world for the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting. ACG 2020 will deliver the latest clinical information on timely topics in gastroenterology and hepatology.

The ACG 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting is still FREE for ACG members. Attend and earn CME and MOC.


Monday, October 26, 2020
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: Clinical Challenges in Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis

  • Evaluation and Management of Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis
    Outline the definition, diagnosis, and evaluation of the patient with ARP, including the indications and roles of endoscopic, medical, and surgical treatments.
  • A Practical Multidisciplinary Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Pancreatitis
    Summarize the indications and roles of medical, endoscopic, and surgical management of CP, including pain management.
  • Management of Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis in 2020: An Update
    Discuss the evidence-based, multidisciplinary and state of the art approach to management of the patient with severe necrotizing pancreatitis.

Breakfast B: IBD: The Latest and Greatest In… Pancreatitis

  • …Efficacy
    Analyze up-to-date evidence, including comparative effectiveness, of biologic and small molecule efficacy in IBD.
  • …Safety
    Recognize current safety concerns for biologics and small molecules used to treat IBD.
  • …Emerging Therapies
    Identify promising therapeutics for the treatment of IBD.

Breakfast C: Hot Topics in Liver Disease

  • Management of Cirrhotic Complications
    Discuss the current strategies for high quality management of HE, ascites, and complications of end stage liver disease.
  • AKI in Cirrhotics
    Describe the current definition of acute kidney injury (AKI) in cirrhotics and identify the strategies to prevent and treat.
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
    Identify the epidemiology of alcoholic liver disease, current management, and future therapies.

Breakfast D: Symptoms Following Foregut Interventions: It’s Back in Your Court

  • Reflux and Recurrent Dysphagia After Achalasia Interventions
    Formulate a treatment strategy for patients who remain symptomatic after intervention for achalasia.
  • Dysphagia, Dyspepsia, and Bloating After Anti-Reflux Surgery
    Manage dysphagia and functional gastrointestinal symptoms after antireflux surgery.
  • Weight Lost, Symptoms Gained: Complaints After Bariatric Surgery
    Identify and manage common patient concerns after bariatric surgery.

Breakfast E: Innovations in Practice Management

  • Social Media and Your Practice: The Why and How
    Discuss benefits and risks of having a social media presence for your practice and how to establish one, including creating a website and handling patient reviews.
  • Telemedicine and Your Practice: Is It Worth It?
    Describe infrastructure, settings, coding, reimbursement, and the specific experience/advantage for hepatology and IBD, especially in underserved areas.
  • APPs and Your Practice: Maximizing Their Potential While Providing Quality Care
    Identify the role of APPs in various practice and specialty settings, how to train APPs, utilizing various billing scenarios, and how to make it profitable.

Breakfast F: Colonic Conundrums

  • Pseudo-Obstruction – Update on Management
    Summarize the current practice standards for diagnosis and management of pseudo-obstruction of the colon.
  • Know When to Stent ‘em and When to Cut ‘em: Managing Malignant Obstruction
    Identify when to stent versus when to operate in malignant colorectal obstruction.
  • Acute and Recurrent Diverticulitis – To Cut or Not to Cut
    Discuss the updated guidelines for treatment of acute and recurrent diverticulitis and when to operate.
7:50 am Annual Scientific Meeting
7:50 am Opening Remarks
Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, ACG President
8:00 am Presidential Plenary Session 1
Moderators: Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, and Brooks D. Cash, MD, FACG
9:00 am President's Address
Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, ACG President
Introduced by: David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG, ACG President-Elect
9:30 am Presidential Plenary Session 2
Moderators: David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG, and Brooks D. Cash, MD, FACG
10:00 am Exhibit Hall Opens
10:15 am Hands-On Endoscopy Workshop Center Opens
10:30 am Scientific Poster Sessions Open
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: ACG Past Presidents’ Symposium

Symposium 1B: Non-IBD Colitides

  • Microscopic/Collagenous Colitis: Beyond Budesonide
    Explain the diagnosis and etiologies of colitis, with a focus on treatment of difficult-to-treat disease.
  • Bugs, Vectors and Toxins: A Primer on Infectious Colitides
    Recognize infectious colitides commonly seen in GI practice.
  • Poo-pourri: Immune, NSAIDs, and Beyond
    Discuss the presentation and management of common non-IBD etiologies of colitis, including NSAID-induced, immune-mediated, and more.

Symposium 1C: Refractory Conditions of the Esophagus: Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Approach to Refractory Esophageal Strictures
    Identify the different methods to successfully treat refractory esophageal strictures.
  • Identification and Management of Esophageal Manifestations of Dermatologic Conditions
    Recognize the clinical, endoscopic, and histopathologic presentations of dermatologic diseases affecting the esophagus.
  • Management of Treatment Failure in Achalasia
    Explain management strategies for post myotomy reflux and chest pain in patients with achalasia
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
1:40 pm Exhibitor Theater
2:15 pm Simultaneous Plenary Sessions 1 – Choose from 2

Plenary Session 1A

  • Papers 11-14

Plenary Session 1B

  • Papers 15-18
3:15 pm The American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture
Introduced by: Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, and Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
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: ACG Guidelines in IBD: Changing Management & Promoting Quality

  • Ulcerative Colitis
    Summarize key management recommendations from the ACG’s new Ulcerative Colitis Guidelines.
  • Crohn’s Disease
    Describe the ACG guideline recommendations for monitoring and treating Crohn’s disease.
  • Guideline Implementation – How To Do It
    Demonstrate a practical approach to guideline implementation for the general gastroenterologist.

Symposium 2B: NASH in Nashville

  • Natural History of NAFLD
    Discuss the epidemiology and epigenetics of NAFLD.
  • Diagnostic Approach to NAFLD
    Identify the diagnostic approaches to NAFLD.
  • Therapy for NAFLD
    Outline the dietary and medical therapies for NAFLD.

Symposium 2C: Live From Nashville! The 8th Annual Endoscopy Video Forum

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