Postgraduate Course

Course Directors: Vivek Kaul, MD, FACG, and Laura E. Raffals, MD, MS, FACG

Attend this year’s Annual Postgraduate Course, “Best Evidence, Best Practice!” 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 24, 2020 | 7:50 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am Registration Opens
7:50 am Introduction by Course Directors
Vivek Kaul, MD, FACG, and Laura E. Raffals, MD, MS, FACG
8:00 am Session 1A: IBD: A Personalized Approach to a Complex Disease
Moderator: David A. Schwartz, MD, FACG
  • Pearls in IBD Management
    Laura E. Raffals, MD, MS, FACG
    Appreciate importance of early intervention treatment strategies, the role of therapeutic monitoring, and alternative causes of symptoms other than inflammation in the IBD patient.
  • Updates in the Treatment of Crohn’s Disease
    David A. Schwartz, MD, FACG
    Review current treatment strategies for moderate to severe Crohn’s disease.
  • Positioning Treatment in Ulcerative Colitis
    Marla C. Dubinsky, MD
    Discuss positioning of therapies to improve long-term outcomes in ulcerative colitis.
  • De-escalation of IBD Treatment: When Can We Back Off?
    David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
    Review evidence and strategies for de-escalation of therapy in IBD patients.
  • Panel Q & A
9:40 am Break
10:00 am Introduction of the David Sun Lecturer
Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, ACG President
10:05 am The David Sun Lecture
Cardiogastroenterology: Intersectional Thinking to Meet New Clinical Needs

Neena S. Abraham, MD, MSc (Epid), FACG
Understand the risk of upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding in aging cardiac patients; optimize acute GI bleeding management in cardiac patients; and promote intersectional ideas to address GI bleeding in this special patient population.
10:30 am Session 1B: Esophagus
Moderator: Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
  • Esophageal Dysmotility: Evaluation and Treatment
    John E. Pandolfino, MD, MSCI, FACG
    Discuss the differential diagnosis of esophageal dysmotility, approach to evaluation, and current management concepts.
  • Management of Esophageal Strictures
    Vani J.A. Konda, MD, FACG
    Outline the latest evidence-based recommendations for management of benign and malignant esophageal strictures.
  • Multimodal Management of BE Dysplasia/Neoplasia
    Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
    Demonstrate the current state-of-the-art approach to endoscopic management of dysplastic Barrett’s esophagus and early esophageal neoplasia.
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis Treatment Approaches in 2020
    Prasad G. Iyer, MD, FACG
    Analyze evidence-based approaches to the treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis including dietary modifications, medical therapy, and endoscopic esophageal dilation.
  • 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. Evaluating the Patient with Chronic Diarrhea
    Lea Ann Chen, MD, FACG
    Discuss the principles and evidence-based approach to evaluating a patient with chronic diarrhea.
  2. Tips and Tricks for Difficult Biliary Cannulation
    Douglas K. Pleskow, MD
    Review evidence-based recommendations along with practical tips and tricks that are useful at ERCP when faced with a difficult biliary cannulation.
  3. Infectious Complications of IBD
    Jordan E. Axelrad, MD, MPH
    Identify infections commonly encountered in IBD patients and their management strategies.
  4. What’s the Real Story of Those Trending “Google MD” Diagnoses (POTS, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Ehlers Danlos, and More!)
    Linda Anh B. Nguyen, MD
    Review the evidence of trending “Google MD” diagnoses our patients expect us to know and understand their associated gastrointestinal symptoms.
  5. A Practical Approach to Checkpoint Inhibitor Immune-Related Gastrointestinal Adverse Events
    Kara M. De Felice, MD
    Discuss mechanisms and treatment approaches of gastrointestinal immune-related adverse events from checkpoint inhibitor therapy.
  6. Approach to Evaluation of Abnormal Liver Tests
    Nancy S. Reau, MD, FACG
    Discuss the approach to evaluation of abnormal liver tests to formulate a differential diagnosis.
  7. Ischemic Disorders of the GI Tract
    Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, MACG
    Discuss common ischemic disorders of the GI tract and appropriate diagnostic and management approaches.
  8. MACRA/MIPS/Public Policy Update
    Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG
    Review the current healthcare economics landscape relevant to GI practice, including value-based purchasing and alternate payment models.
  9. Optimizing the Colonoscopy Bowel Prep
    Audrey H. Calderwood, MD, MS, FACG
    Discuss the importance of high-quality bowel prep and tips and tricks to optimize the prep for colonoscopy.
  10. The Risk of PPI Therapy: What’s the Real Story?
    Paul Moayyedi, MB ChB, PhD, MPH, FACG
    Interpret the latest evidence vis a vis PPI risks and benefits and discuss best practice recommendations for clinical use.
  11. GI Bleeding 2020: Tools, Techniques, Tips and Tricks!
    Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG
    Describe updates in endoscopic management of GI bleeding including newer devices, techniques, and best practice guidelines.
  12. Pancreatic Cysts: Which Ones Matter?
    Vanessa M. Shami, MD, FACG
    Discuss etiology, diagnosis, and management of pancreatic cysts incorporating clinical guidelines.
1:35 pm Break
1:45 pm Simultaneous Symposia – Choose from 3

Symposium A: Practical Tips and Pearls in IBD Management
Moderator: Christina Y. Ha, MD, FACG

  • Managing the Hospitalized IBD Patient
    Christina Y. Ha, MD, FACG
    Discuss therapeutic approaches to the hospitalized IBD patient including importance of nutrition, VTE prophylaxis, and pain management.
  • IBD Surveillance, Chromoendoscopy, and Future Directions
    Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG
    Review appropriate surveillance strategies and role of chromoendoscopy in practice and discuss proper methods for performing chromoendoscopy.
  • Preventive Care in IBD
    Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
    Discuss best practice recommendations for optimal preventive care in the IBD patient.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium B: Pancreaticobiliary Disease: Recent Advances
Moderator: Timothy B. Gardner, MD, MS, FACG

  • Acute Pancreatitis: Why Are Patients Still Dying?
    Timothy B. Gardner, MD, MS, FACG
    Discuss the importance of goal-directed fluid therapy and multidisciplinary medical management in patients with severe acute pancreatitis to ensure good outcomes.
  • Screening for Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer: An Update
    Suresh T. Chari, MD, FACG
    Discuss recent advances and data in pancreas cancer screening.
  • Evaluation/Management of the Indeterminate Biliary Stricture
    Prabhleen Chahal, MD, FACG
    Review best practice approaches to the evaluation and management of indeterminate biliary strictures.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium C: Obesity
Moderator: Allison Schulman, MD, MPH

  • Bariatric Endoscopy: An Inflated Sense of Success?
    Allison Schulman, MD, MPH
    Interpret the evidence-based literature supporting the role of endoscopic interventions in patients with obesity.
  • Bariatric Surgery: Cannot Bypass the Surgeon!
    John M. Morton, MD, MPH, MHA, FACS
    Compare surgical options for optimal outcomes in patients with obesity.
  • Medical and Behavioral Management of Patients with Obesity: The Foundation for Long-Term Success
    Shelby A. Sullivan, MD, FACG
    Recognize the importance of lifestyle, nutrition, and behavioral interventions as part of the comprehensive approach to obesity management.
  • Panel Q & A
3:00 pm Break
3:20 pm Session 1C: Endoscopy
Moderator: Navtej S. Buttar, MD
  • Risk Management, Quality, and Safety in the Endoscopy Unit
    Vivek Kaul, MD, FACG
    Identify the latest guideline and evidence-based recommendations as well as best practices to ensure quality and safety in the endoscopy unit and strategies to mitigate risk.
  • Evidence-Based Approach to Endosurgery: Does It Make the Cut?
    Navtej S. Buttar, MD
    For the general gastroenterologist, review appropriate utilization of endoscopic resection, techniques, and devices in various clinical scenarios based on best evidence and guidelines.
  • Interventional EUS: A Primer for the General Gastroenterologist
    Laith H. Jamil, MD, FACG
    Summarize the well-established and paradigm shifting interventional EUS procedures that the general gastroenterologist needs to be aware of, including limitations, risks, benefits, and alternatives.
  • Panel Q & A
4:40 pm Take-home Pearls: What Did We Learn Today?
Vivek Kaul, MD, FACG, and Laura E. Raffals, MD, MS, FACG
Review important and practical take-home messages from today’s talks.
5:00 pm Adjourn for the day