This is the twenty-ninth year of our annual course on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and therapy of diseases of the esophagus and foregut. The course is designed for a small group of interested physicians and surgeons who gather in a classroom environment for an in-depth review of the subject. The course is particularly appreciated by a gastroenterologist and gastrointestinal surgeon who have set up a swallowing center and function as a team to collaboratively approach esophageal problems. The lectures are designed to encourage discussion on issues that require further clarification.
Our surgical guest faculty this year is Dr. Marco G. Patti. Our medical guest faculty will be Dr. Michael F. Vaezi. Dr. Patti is a Professor of Surgery and the Director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases at the University of Chicago. He has extensive expertise in the surgical treatment of esophageal disorders, including gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia and esophageal cancer. He also has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery to treat esophageal conditions. Dr. Vaezi joins us as Professor of Internal Medicine from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He is the Director of Clinical Affairs for the division and Director of Motility and Clinical Research. Dr. Vaezi’s focus is on the esophagus, and he has a strong interest in the extraesophageal manifestations of GERD.
Highlights of this year’s course will be Respiratory Management of GERD, a debate on POEM vs. Laparoscopic Myotomy and a surge of new information on Barrett’s Esophagus and Radio Frequency Ablation. There will be “hands-on” break-out sessions involving high resolution motility, the use of stents, transnasal endoscopy, esophageal pH and pH + impedance monitoring, as well as a video demonstration of the techniques for LINX, BÂRRX, EMR, EsophyX, endoscopic and lap myotomy for achalasia and esophagectomy. This portion of the course will expose the participants to each of these areas along with instruction, assistance and information exchange from the faculty. In addition to our Break-out Sessions, this year we will again have a Nursing Symposium- Clinical and Diagnostic Issues in the Esophageal Patient, geared specifically to nurses. It promises to be an interesting, informative and enjoyable educational experience!
We are pleased to again provide AMA PRA Category 1 credit ™ and self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
1) Describe the management of GERD, Hiatal Hernia, Barrett’s Esophagus, and Esophageal disorders/Adenocarcinoma
2) Select and implement a treatment method for the care of patients with Respiratory symptoms and GERD
3) Describe the use and evaluation of various techniques used in motility, manometry, ablation, stent and stricture management.
4) Explain the diagnostic tools utilized in evaluating esophageal and foregut disease.
5) Apply technological tips in the operative treatment and evaluate the outcome of both medical and surgical therapy for benign esophageal disorders
6) Describe the clinical and diagnostic techniques used to evaluate and treat the esophageal patient (Nursing)
Please Note: Registration for this event is limited, so please register early!