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

Moderator: Prabhleen Chahal, MD, FACG

  • Evaluation and Management of Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis
    TBA
    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
    Tyler Stevens, MD, FACG
    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
    Prabhleen Chahal, MD, FACG
    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
Moderator: David P. Hudesman, MD

  • …Efficacy
    David P. Hudesman, MD
    Analyze up-to-date evidence, including comparative effectiveness, of biologic and small molecule efficacy in IBD.
  • …Safety
    Raymond K. Cross, Jr., MD, MS, FACG
    Recognize current safety concerns for biologics and small molecules used to treat IBD.
  • …Emerging Therapies
    Bincy P. Abraham, MD, FACG
    Identify promising therapeutics for the treatment of IBD.

Breakfast C: Hot Topics in Liver Disease

Moderator: Mitchell A. Mah’moud, MD, FACG

  • Management of Cirrhotic Complications
    Mitchell A. Mah’moud, MD, FACG
    Discuss the current strategies for high quality management of HE, ascites, and complications of end stage liver disease.
  • AKI in Cirrhotics
    Paul Y. Kwo, MD, FACG
    Describe the current definition of acute kidney injury (AKI) in cirrhotics and identify the strategies to prevent and treat.
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
    Mark W. Russo, MD, MPH, FACG
    Identify the epidemiology of alcoholic liver disease, current management, and future therapies.

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

Moderator: Rena H. Yadlapati, MD, MSHS

  • Reflux and Recurrent Dysphagia After Achalasia Interventions
    Rena H. Yadlapati, MD, MSHS
    Formulate a treatment strategy for patients who remain symptomatic after intervention for achalasia.
  • Dysphagia, Dyspepsia, and Bloating After Anti-Reflux Surgery
    Scott L. Gabbard, MD
    Manage dysphagia and functional gastrointestinal symptoms after antireflux surgery.
  • Weight Lost, Symptoms Gained: Complaints After Bariatric Surgery
    Violeta B. Popov, MD, PhD, FACG
    Identify and manage common patient concerns after bariatric surgery.

Breakfast E: Innovations in Practice Management

Moderator: Jordan J. Karlitz, MD, FACG

  • Social Media and Your Practice: The Why and How
    Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
    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?
    Jordan J. Karlitz, MD, FACG
    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
    Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG
    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

Moderator: Susan Galandiuk, MD, FACG, FACS, FASCRS

  • Pseudo-Obstruction – Update on Management
    Mariam Naveed, MD
    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
    Amrita Sethi, MD
    Identify when to stent versus when to operate in malignant colorectal obstruction.
  • Acute and Recurrent Diverticulitis – To Cut or Not to Cut
    Susan Galandiuk, MD, FACG, FACS, FASCRS
    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
Papers 1-5

5 Oral Abstracts – 12 min each (9 min per presentation and 3 min Q & A)

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
Papers 6-10

5 Oral Abstracts – 12 min each (9 min per presentation and 3 min Q & A)

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

Moderator: Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG

  • Management of Hepatic Encephalopathy
    Past President: David A. Johnson, MD, MACG
    Presenter: Jasmohan S. Bajaj, MD, MSc, FACG (VCU)

    Appraise and apply contemporary best evidence in the management of hepatic encephalopathy.
  • Endoscopic Management of IBD
    Past President: Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
    Presenter: Bo Shen, MD, FACG

    Recognize evolving endoscopic techniques to manage IBD complications.
  • New Treatments for IBS
    Past President: Eammon M. M. Quigley, MD, MACG
    Presenter: Yuri A. Saito-Loftus, MD, MPH, FACG

    Discuss and apply emerging therapeutic options for IBS.

Symposium 1B: Non-IBD Colitides

Moderator: Aline Charabaty, MD

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

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

Moderator: John C. Fang, MD

  • Approach to Refractory Esophageal Strictures
    John C. Fang, MD
    Identify the different methods to successfully treat refractory esophageal strictures.
  • Identification and Management of Esophageal Manifestations of Dermatologic Conditions
    Magnus Halland, MD
    Recognize the clinical, endoscopic, and histopathologic presentations of dermatologic diseases affecting the esophagus.
  • Management of Treatment Failure in Achalasia
    TBA
    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 GIQuIC Luncheon
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

    4 Oral Abstracts – 10 min each (7 min per presentation and 3 min Q & A)

Plenary Session 1B

  • Papers 15-18

    4 Oral Abstracts – 10 min each (7 min per presentation and 3 min Q & A)

3:15 pm The American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture
Introduced by: Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, and Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
Presenter: Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MSc, FACG

“Endoscopic Therapy in 2020 and Beyond: Cutting Edge Technology for Obesity, Esophageal Disorders and Gastroparesis.”
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

Moderator: Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD, FACG

  • Ulcerative Colitis
    Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
    Summarize key management recommendations from the ACG’s new Ulcerative Colitis Guidelines.
  • Crohn’s Disease
    Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD, FACG
    Describe the ACG guideline recommendations for monitoring and treating Crohn’s disease.
  • Guideline Implementation – How To Do It
    Jessica R. Allegretti, MD, MPH
    Demonstrate a practical approach to guideline implementation for the general gastroenterologist.

Symposium 2B: NASH in Nashville

Moderator: Cynthia A. Moylan, MD

  • Natural History of NAFLD
    Cynthia A. Moylan, MD
    Discuss the epidemiology and epigenetics of NAFLD.
  • Diagnostic Approach to NAFLD
    Naim Alkhouri, MD
    Identify the diagnostic approaches to NAFLD.
  • Therapy for NAFLD
    Zobair M. Younossi MD, MPH, FACG
    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

Judges: Sameer A. Al Awadhi, MD, Jodie A. Barkin, MD, Harish K. Gagneja, MD, FACG, Immanuel K. H. Ho, MD, FACG, Laith H. Jamil, MD, FACG, Lauren G. Khanna, MD, MS, and Allison R. Schulman, 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.
6:30 pm Annual Scientific Meeting Adjourns for the day.