Postgraduate Course

Course Directors: Timothy B. Gardner, MD, MS, FACG, and Renee L. Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG

Attend this year’s Annual Postgraduate Course, “Practicing State-of-the-Art Gastroenterology in 2019” and leave with practical takeaway points that you can implement in practice. Learn better ways to integrate the newest tools in diagnosis with the latest therapeutic/treatment alternatives to achieve optimal outcomes, improve your awareness and ability to incorporate patient care decision-making issues relating to common and not-so-common GI patient conditions, and enhance your overall capacity to frame effective disease management strategies in your practice.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 7:50 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am Registration Opens
7:50 am Introduction by Course Directors
Timothy B. Gardner, MD, MS, FACG, and Renee L. Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG
8:00 am Session 1A: IBD Therapy
Moderator: Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
  • Ulcerative Colitis Update 2019
    David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
    Describe the important adverse events that can occur with the use of biologic therapy.
  • Optimizing Biologic Therapy
    Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
    Evaluate the optimal use of biologics in 2019.
  • The Role of Biosimilars in IBD 2019
    Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
    Identify the role of biosimilars in the care of today’s IBD patients.
  • Practical Approach to Drug Level Monitoring
    Corey A. Siegel, MD, MS
    Assess the importance of drug level monitoring in the care of IBD patients.
  • Panel Q & A
9:40 am Break
10:00 am Introduction of the David Sun Lecturer
Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG, ACG President
10:05 am The David Sun Lecture - The IBD Medical Home and Neighborhood—It Takes a Village
Miguel D. Regueiro, MD, FACG
Explain the role of alternative models of care, such as the medical home, for the management of inflammatory bowel disease.
10:30 am Session 1B: Quality in Colorectal Cancer Screening
Moderator: Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
  • Genetic Testing for Colorectal Cancer
    Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
    Describe current management guidelines with regard to genetic testing for colorectal cancer.
  • Quality Colonoscopy in 2019
    Douglas K. Rex, MD, MACG
    Demonstrate practical techniques during colonoscopy, which provide the highest quality exam.
  • Approach to Serrated Polyps and Polyposis Syndrome
    John M. Carethers, MD, FACG
    Distinguish the unique approach to removing serrated polyps and how it contrasts with recommendations for adenomatous polyps.
  • Non-Endoscopic CRC Screening Tests in 2019
    Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG
    Identify the non-endoscopic CRC screening tests that are relevant to the practicing gastroenterologist
  • Panel Q & A
12:10 pm Break for Learning Luncheons
12:20 pm Saturday Optional Learning Luncheons – Choose from 12

(You must register separately for learning lunches during the registration process.)

  1. Medical Marijuana – Weeding Out the Good From the Bad
    David J. Hass, MD, FACG
    Discuss the indications and evidence for the use of medical cannabis in treating GI disease.
  2. Post-ERCP Pancreatitis – Can We Trend to Nil?
    Timothy B. Gardner, MD, MS, FACG
    Evaluate the techniques to help prevent post-ERCP pancreatitis.
  3. Effectively Treating Hemorrhoids in an Office-Based Practice
    Harry E. Sarles, Jr., MD, FACG
    Describe the gastroenterologist-directed treatment of hemorrhoids.
  4. The Difficult Patient With Chronic Diarrhea
    Lawrence R. Schiller, MD, MACG
    Detail the evaluation and management strategies for treating patients with chronic, non-infectious diarrhea.
  5. Update on Fecal Transplant in 2019
    Amy E. Barto, MD
    Explain the current status of fecal transplant in the GI patient population.
  6. Public Policy Update 2019
    Jeffry L. Nestler, MD, FACG
    Outline the current status of reimbursement for endoscopic procedures.
  7. IBD in Pregnancy
    Lisa B. Malter, MD, FACG
    Apply current management strategies for the pregnant patient with IBD.
  8. Evaluation and Management of the Patient With Refractory Celiac Disease
    Peter H. R. Green, MD, FACG
    Discuss management strategies for patients with refractory celiac disease.
  9. Colonoscopy at Age 45 – What’s the Evidence?
    Joseph C. Anderson, MD, MHCDS, FACG
    Detail the latest guidelines with regard to early CRC screening.
  10. Current Concepts in the Management of Steatohepatitis
    Arun J. Sanyal, MD
    Summarize current management strategies of steatohepatitis.
  11. ERCP Cannulation: Tips and Techniques
    Laith H. Jamil, MD, FACG
    Assess practical techniques to improve successful cannulation rates.
  12. Do Cool Colonoscopy Gadgets Really Increase Your ADR?
    Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG
    Interpret the evidence behind new devices to promote improved adenoma detection rates.
1:35 pm Break
1:45 pm Simultaneous Symposia – Choose from 3

Symposium A: Obesity and the Gastroenterologist
Moderator: Richard I. Rothstein, MD, FACG

  • Gastric Balloons: Fact or Fiction?
    Violeta B. Popov, MD, PhD, FACG
    Discuss the latest developments and evidence in the use of gastric balloons.
  • Endoscopic Obesity Therapy: Beyond the Balloon
    Richard I. Rothstein, MD, FACGG
    Compare the non-balloon devices available to treat obesity.
  • Managing Complications of Bariatric Surgery
    Allison R. Schulman, MD
    Determine how to effectively manage the complications that can occur as a result of bariatric surgery.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium B: Current Issues in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Moderator: Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG

  • Optimizing Initial IBD Therapy
    Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG
    Outline initial IBD therapy regimens to promote optimal long-term outcomes.
  • A Practical Guide to J-Pouches and Their Complications
    Laura E. Raffals, MD, MS, FACG
    Discuss management strategies for complications associated with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA).
  • Adverse Events From Biologics – What Patients Must Know
    Lisa B. Malter, MD, FACG
    Detail the important adverse events that can occur with the use of biologic therapy.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium C: Pushing the Boundaries of Endoscopy
Moderator: Peter V. Draganov, MD, FACG

  • Is ESD Ready for Prime Time?
    Peter V. Draganov, MD, FACG
    Describe the current indications and techniques for endoscopic submucosal dissection.
  • Expanding the Indications for LAMS
    Laith H. Jamil, MD, FACG
    Explain the current state of indications for lumen-apposing metallic stents and the future of this new technology.
  • Closing Perforations for the General Gastroenterologist
    Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD
    Define a practical approach to closing luminal perforations.
  • Panel Q & A
3:00 pm Break
3:20 pm Session 1C: Functional GI Disorders
Moderator: Mark Pimentel, MD, FACG
  • The Microbiome and Its Role in IBS
    Mark Pimentel, MD, FACG
    Identify the role of the microbiome in IBS.
  • Evaluation and Management of Constipation
    Satish S.C. Rao, MD, PhD, FACG
    Describe the important clinical evaluation and management strategies for constipation.
  • Drug Therapies for Functional Disease
    Eamonn M. M. Quigley, MD, MACG
    Detail the current evidence-based therapies for functional disease.
  • Panel Q & A
4:40 pm Take-home Pearls: What Did We Learn Today?
Timothy B. Gardner, MD, MS, FACG, and Renee L. Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG
Review important and practical take-home messages from today’s talks.
5:00 pm Adjourn for the day