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.

Sunday, October 25, 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 2A: Functional GI Disorders – Leveraging the Mind-Gut Connection
Moderator: Lin Chang, MD, FACG
  • Brain-Gut Axis and Its Interaction With the Enteric Microbiome
    Lin Chang, MD, FACG
    Explore the communication between the brain and the gut and role of the gut microbiome in functional GI disorders.
  • Positive Psychology Interventions for Functional GI Disorders
    Laurie A. Keefer, PhD
    Discuss opportunities for gastroenterologists to incorporate positive psychology interventions into their patient care strategies.
  • A Practical Approach to the Use of Anti-Depressants for Functional Disorders
    Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
    Review indications and use of anti-depressants for treatment of functional GI disorders.
  • Dietary and CAM Approaches for Management of IBS
    William D. Chey, MD, FACG
    Examine the latest evidence for use of diet and alternative medicines for IBS management.
  • Panel Q & A
9:40 am Break
10:00 am Session 2B: Hepatology Issues in Everyday Practice
Moderator: Arun J. Sanyal, MD
  • Multidisciplinary Management of the NASH Patient
    Arun J. Sanyal, MD
    Describe the importance of a multidisciplinary management approach to the patient with obesity, including lifestyle, medical, endoscopic, and surgical management options.
  • Liver Disease in Pregnancy
    Nancy S. Reau, MD, FACG
    Review the approach to differential diagnosis and management of various types of clinically significant liver conditions that develop during pregnancy.
  • Drug-induced Liver Injury
    K. Gautham Reddy, MD, FACG
    Discuss the current concepts related to investigation and management of drug-induced liver diseases.
  • Viral Hepatitis Treatment Update
    Kimberly A. Brown, MD
    Summarize the recent advances in viral hepatitis treatment and discuss future trends in this realm, to include access to care, healthcare economics, and public health impact issues.
  • Evaluation of the Patient With a Liver Mass
    Stanley M. Cohen, MD, FACG
    Discuss principles, strategies, and best practice approaches for evaluating liver masses based on differential diagnosis.
  • 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. Managing the Difficult Colon Polyp
    Tonya R. Kaltenbach, MD, MS, FACG
    Describe the approach and technical aspects of managing difficult colon polyps with an evidence-based perspective.
  2. The Difficult Foreign Body: Tools and Techniques
    David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG
    Discuss novel endoscopic approaches and principles of safe and effective foreign body/food bolus management.
  3. Osler’s Approach to Counseling the Functional GI Patient
    Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
    Formulate approaches to challenging patients with functional GI disorders through observation of the interview and counseling of a functional GI patient (this session will include a patient actor).
  4. The Pregnant IBD Patient: What You Really Need to Know
    Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
    Discuss best practices for managing the pregnant IBD patient.
  5. Chronic Abdominal Pain: Approach to Evaluation and Treatment
    Lin Chang, MD, FACG
    Apply evidence-based strategies and algorithms to efficiently diagnose and treat chronic abdominal pain states.
  6. Tackling GI Complications of Opioid Treatment
    Darren M. Brenner, MD
    Define the management of opioid-related constipation, narcotic bowel, and esophageal dysfunction.
  7. Endoscopic Treatments for GERD
    Prasad G. Iyer, MD, FACG
    Appraise advances in the endoscopic management of GERD.
  8. Managing Refractory Symptoms in Celiac Disease
    Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
    Identify causes and management strategies of refractory symptoms in patients with celiac disease.
  9. Gastric Metaplasia and Neoplasia Update
    Douglas R. Morgan, MD, MPH, FACG
    Review pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of gastrointestinal metaplasia, adenocarcinoma, lymphoma, carcinoid, and GIST.
  10. Evaluation and Management of Upper Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders
    Linda Anh B. Nguyen, MD
    Describe the role of physiologic testing and management strategies for upper GI motility disorders.
  11. The Emerging Role of Diet in IBD Management: Physician and Nutritionist Perspectives
    Jonathan A. Leighton, MD, FACG, and Kelly Issokson, MS, RD, CNSC
    Detail the newer therapies for the management of variceal bleeding.
  12. Management of Hemorrhoids
    Waqar A. Qureshi, MD, FACG
    Evaluate recent advances, including techniques and technology, in the management of hemorrhoids.
1:35 pm Break
1:45 pm Simultaneous Symposia – Choose from 3

Symposium D: A Practical Approach to Anorectal Disorders
Moderator: Satish S.C. Rao, MD, PhD, FACG

  • The Role of Pelvic Floor Retraining for Dyssynergic Defecation
    Satish S.C. Rao, MD, PhD, FACG
    Outline treatment approaches for dyssynergic defecation disorders.
  • Modern Approaches to Fecal Incontinence
    Stacy B. Menees, MD, MS
    Appraise available therapies for fecal incontinence.
  • Anorectal Manometry Testing: A Primer for the General Gastroenterologist
    Darren M. Brenner, MD
    Review anorectal manometry testing and its role in clinical practice.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium E: Endoscopy
Moderator: Michael B. Wallace, MD, MPH, FACG

  • All the Endoscopy vs Surgery RCTs I Could Come Up With!
    Michael B. Wallace, MD, MPH, FACG
    Discuss recent landmark RCTs that have resulted in a huge impact on GI medical-surgical practice.
  • GI Emergencies: How to Optimize Outcomes in Dire Circumstances
    John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG
    Apply strategies to achieve the best outcomes in patients presenting with acute GI emergencies.
  • Endoscopy in Special Populations
    Douglas G. Adler, MD, FACG
    Evaluate the approach to endoscopy in unique patient populations (pediatrics, geriatrics, pregnancy, etc.) with higher risk and special needs or challenges.
  • Panel Q & A

Symposium F: Autoimmune and Cholestatic Liver Disease
Moderator: Paul Y. Kwo, MD, FACG

  • Predictors of Disease Course in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
    Kris V. Kowdley, MD, FACG
    Review the clinical course of primary sclerosing cholangitis and predictors of disease progression and complications.
  • Advances in Primary Biliary Cholangitis Treatment
    David E. Bernstein, MD, FACG
    Discuss precision treatment of primary biliary cholangitis.
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
    Paul Y. Kwo, MD, FACG
    Describe the clinical management of patients with autoimmune hepatitis.
  • Panel Q & A
3:00 pm Break
3:20 pm Session 2C: All Things Colon!
Moderator: Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening and Surveillance - Incorporating Guidelines Into Practice
    Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
    Summarize colorectal cancer screening guidelines and identify the role of noninvasive screening methods.
  • Management of Lower GI Bleeding
    John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG
    Review diagnostic and therapeutic options for management of diverticular bleeding.
  • Hereditary Colorectal Polyposis and Cancer Syndromes
    Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG
    Review diagnosis and management of hereditary colon cancer syndromes.
  • 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 Postgraduate Course Adjourns