Postgraduate Course

Course Co-Directors: Charles J. Kahi, MD, MSc, FACG, and Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG

Attend this year’s Annual Postgraduate Course, “State of the Art and Science in Clinical Gastroenterology” 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.

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 7:50 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am Registration
7:50 am Introduction by Course Co-Directors
Charles J. Kahi, MD, MSc, FACG and Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG
8:00 am Session 2A: Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Moderator: Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
  • Biologic-Based Therapies in IBD
    Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
    Review current biologic agents for IBD, including biosimilars.
  • Non-Biologic-Based Therapies in IBD
    Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH
    Describe the role of non-biologic agents including thiopurines, novel molecules, and non-pharmacologic options (diet, complementary medicine, and FMT) in managing IBD.
  • Quality in IBD Care, From Monitoring to Maintenance
    Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
    Assess strategies to optimize health maintenance in IBD patients including vaccinations, bone loss prevention, and monitoring of disease activity and drug levels.
  • Endoscopy in IBD
    Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc, FACG
    Discuss the role of endoscopy in IBD patients, including assessment of disease activity, therapy of strictures, and dysplasia surveillance.
  • Panel Q & A
9:40 am Break
10:00 am Session 2B: Colorectal Cancer Prevention
Moderator: Douglas K. Rex, MD, MACG
  • Colorectal Cancer Prevention in 2018
    Jason A. Dominitz, MD, MHS
    Present an overview of the current status of CRC prevention in the U.S., including screening options and strategies to improve participation.
  • Personalized CRC Screening and Surveillance in the Average-Risk Patient
    Douglas J. Robertson, MD, MPH
    Identify the best CRC screening test based on personal demographic and clinical features, and when to start and stop screening.
  • Recognition and Management of the Patient at Increased CRC Risk
    Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG
    Recognize patients at increased CRC risk due to family history and genetic causes, and implement appropriate surveillance.
  • Optimal Colonoscopy Technique and Polypectomy
    Douglas K. Rex, MD, MACG
    Discuss the elements of high-quality colonoscopy, and polypectomy strategies based on polyp characteristics.
  • Colonoscopy Quality: Measures and Systems
    Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG
    Understand and apply colonoscopy quality standards and requirements.
  • Panel Q & A
12:00 pm Break for Learning Luncheons
12:20 pm Sunday Optional Learning Luncheons – Choose from 12

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

  1. Diverticular Disease Update 2018
    Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG
    Summarize new thinking in the role of antibiotics for acute diverticulitis and care of patients with SUDD and SCAD.
  2. Endoscopic and Surgical Approaches for Obesity
    Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MSc, FACG
    Assess the role, benefits, and risks of endoscopic and surgical approaches to the treatment of obesity.
  3. Bowel Preparation Strategies: Routine to Challenging
    Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
    Present current agents and strategies to optimize bowel preparation quality, including difficult-to-prep patients.
  4. Microscopic and Drug-Induced Colitis
    David S. Weinberg, MD, MSc
    Review the etiologies, diagnostic approaches, and treatment options for microscopic and drug-induced colitis.
  5. Hepatitis B Reactivation
    David E. Bernstein, MD, FACG
    Identify management of HBV reactivation in patients with immunosuppression and during pregnancy.
  6. Endoscopic Treatment of Pancreatobiliary Cancers
    Douglas G. Adler, MD, FACG
    Provide an overview of the endoscopic treatment of patients with pancreatobiliary cancers.
  7. Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity
    Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
    List practical approaches to the diagnosis and management of patients with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
  8. Public Policy Update 2018
    Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG
    Review recent public policy issues of concern to the gastroenterologist.
  9. Achalasia and Its Variants
    Marcelo F. Vela, MD, MSCR, FACG
    Provide an overview of the diagnosis of achalasia and subtypes including GEJ outflow obstruction, and their treatment.
  10. Challenging IBD Situations
    David T. Rubin, MD, FACG
    Discuss the optimal approaches to patients with anti-TNF refractory disease, hospitalized patients with severe IBD, post-surgical patients, and those who wish to stop therapy.
  11. Serrated Polyps and the Serrated Polyposis Syndrome
    Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
    Review serrated polyps, and recognition and management of serrated polyposis syndrome.
  12. Chronic Diarrhea
    Christina M. Surawicz, MD, MACG
    Explain practical diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the patient with chronic diarrhea.
1:35 pm Break
1:45 pm Simultaneous Symposia – Choose from 3

Symposium D: Endoscopy
Moderator: John J. Vargo, II, MD, MPH, FACG

  • Sedation: Medical and Regulatory Update
    John J. Vargo, II, MD, MPH, FACG
    Summarize the medical and regulatory status of sedation for endoscopy in the U.S.
  • Prevention of Post-Procedure Bleeding
    Heiko Pohl, MD
    Explain the peri-endoscopic management of antithrombotic agents, and endoscopic interventions to mitigate the risk of post-procedure bleeding.
  • Taking Care of the Endoscopist
    Amandeep K. Shergill, MD
    Present ergonomic standards for the modern endoscopy unit, and strategies to maintain work-life balance and prevent burnout.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium E: Care of the Patient With Liver Disease
Moderator: Patrick S. Kamath, MD

  • Preventive Care of the Cirrhotic Patient
    Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD
    Outline the optimal care of patients with cirrhosis, including prevention of complications and vaccinations.
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
    Patrick S. Kamath, MD
    Review the treatment of patients with alcoholic liver disease, including alcoholic hepatitis.
  • Liver Transplantation: Selection and Controversies
    Paul Y. Kwo, MD, FACG
    Explain the process of selection for liver transplantation, and controversies associated with evolving guidelines.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium F: Motility
Moderator: Lawrence R. Schiller, MD, MACG

  • Chronic Constipation: Work-up and Treatment
    Lawrence R. Schiller, MD, MACG
    Outline the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to chronic constipation.
  • Delayed Gastric Emptying: Diagnosis and Treatment
    Michael Camilleri, MD, FACG
    Review progress in the diagnosis and treatment of delayed gastric emptying.
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders Not Named Achalasia
    Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, FACG
    Understand the terminology, diagnosis, and treatment of non-achalasia esophageal motility disorders.
  • Panel Q & A
3:00 pm Break
3:20 pm Session 2C: Esophagus and Stomach
Moderator: Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
  • PPI Risks: Separating Fact From Fiction
    Philip O. Katz, MD, MACG
    Provide an evidence-based guide to risks associated with PPI use.
  • Premalignant Lesions of the Esophagus
    Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
    Discuss treatment strategies in patients with Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal squamous neoplasia.
  • Premalignant Lesions and Polyps of the Stomach
    Douglas R. Morgan, MD, MPH, FACG
    Explain the approach to patients with gastric intestinal metaplasia and gastric polyps.
  • Panel Q & A
4:40 pm Take-home Pearls: What Did We Learn Today?
Charles J. Kahi, MD, MSc, FACG, and Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG
Review important and practical take-home messages from today’s talks.
5:00 pm Postgraduate Course Adjourns