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ASGE Endorsed Activities

8th Annual SIES 2015 Sydney International Endoscopy Symposium | 8th Annual Penn Live: GI Endoscopy and Liver Disease 2015 | 15th Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Viva la Vida | Interventional EUS 2015: 4th Mumbai Live Course | 7th Annual Long Island Live Endoscopy Course | 7th Annual Endoscopy Directors Meeting | Chicago Endoscopic Advances for Clinical Practice 2015 | Kansas City Live Endoscopy Course 2015

As you partner in endoscopy, ASGE provides endorsement for both domestic and international educational activities that meet certain requirements. Attaining ASGE endorsement is a process involving the submission of certain materials to ASGE and an understanding of the conditions under which ASGE agrees to provide endorsement.  ASGE carefully reviews all submitted materials and endorses the educational activities that meet the specific requirements. 

ASGE offers endorsement for both live activities and enduring materials.

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8th Annual SIES 2015 Sydney International Endoscopy Symposium 


Thursday 5th & Friday 6th March
Hilton Sydney, Australia

International Faculty
Evelien Dekker - The Netherlands
Robert Hawes - USA
Alessandro Repici - Italy
Hironori Yamamoto - Japan

Topics Include


  • Optimising insertion
  • Best practice withdrawal and adenoma detection
  • Enhanced imaging modalities/Optical diagnosis
  • New techniques and technology

Barrett’s Esophagus

  • Detection of inconspicuous neoplasia and dysplasia
  • Approach to endoscopic therapy


Endoscopic stenting for benign and malignant disease

Endoscopic treatment of perforations and fistulas

Endoscopic ultrasound

ERCP: complex and basic therapeutics

Direct cholangioscopy

Balloon and capsule enteroscopy

For information and to register your interest, contact: 

Prof Michael Bourke
Chairman, 2015 Sydney International
Endoscopy Symposium Organising Committee
Email c/o:

Conference Secretariat
e-Kiddna Event Management
Ph: 61 7 3893 1988 Fax: 61 7 3337 9855


8th Annual Penn Live: GI Endoscopy and Liver Disease 2015

March 6-7, 2015
Philadelphia, PA

 The 8th Annual Penn Live: GI Endoscopy and Liver Disease 2015 is designed to demonstrate the application and execution of therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy. Using a format of lectures and live cases, our faculty will address challenges and practical solutions in the endoscopic management of digestive disorders including benign and malignant disorders of the esophagus, gastroduodenum, pancreas, bile ducts, and colorectum. Additional topics will include applications of endoluminal resection, radiofrequency ablation, argon plasma coagulation, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, polypectomy, and endoprosthetic therapies. The

program will also focus the current research and recommendations for managing patients with acute and chronic liver disease, including viral and autoimmune hepatitis, metabolic liver disease, portal hypertensive bleeding, refractory ascites, hepatic encephalopathy, liver transplantation and post liver transplant considerations.

This conference is designed for Gastroenterologists, Hepatologists, GI Surgeons, GI Radiologists, Gastroenterology Fellows, GI Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Medical Residents and Medical Students.

For more information, please visit


15th Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Viva la Vida 

March 10 – 13, 2015
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Activity Director: Anthony Kalloo, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The 15th Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Viva la Vida will provide, through formal lectures, questions and answer sessions as well as audience interactive systems, presentations of various gastrointestinal and liver disorders that will be of interest to practitioners in the field. This year, the conference will focus on common clinical challenges faced by practitioners with a special session on “Reality GI’, which will highlight common clinical dilemmas faced by the practitioner. Course attendees will be updated on modern approaches with patients with pancreatitis. A symposium on painful GI disorders will discuss the recent advances in these fields. In the last year, there have been many advances in therapeutic endoscopy. These advances will be discussed during the symposium on this topic and will also be highlighted as part of the interactive endoscopic cases from the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to -

  • Describe recent advances in inflammatory bowel disease including the role of surgery and the detection of cancer in these patients.
  • Describe recent advances in liver disease including fatty liver disease, the role of nutrition and liver cancer.
  • Discuss recent developments in the management of pancreatic disease including pancreatic cysts, pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
  • Discuss the management of the various gastrointestinal sphincteric dysfunction.
  • Describe recent advances in therapeutic endoscopy.

To register or for further information: email or visit

Interventional EUS 2015: 4th Mumbai Live Course


26-28th March 2015
Mumbai, India

The 4th Mumbai live interventional EUS course will take place on March26-28, 2015, at the ITC grand central, Mumbai.  The Course Chairman is Dr Amit Maydeo, and Course director is Dr Vinay Dhir.In a short period of 3 years this course has established itself as amongst the best courses in the World for Interventional EUS. This year we have an expanded course with inclusion of one day for diagnostic EUS and FNA. Second day will have cutting edge live demonstrations of Interventional procedures like pseudocyst drainage, variceal coil injection, choledocho-duodenostomy, Hepatico-gastrostomy, rendezvous procedures, pancreato-gastrostomy, RFA, and gastro-jejunostomy. The third day will have hands on training for interventional procedures on the “Mumbai EUS” model.

The course is supported by the Asian EUS group, and hosted by Association for Interventional Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (AIGE). Eminent faculty include Marc Giovannini, Robert Hawes, John DeWitt, Anand Sahai,Takao Itoi, Shyam Varadarajulu, Ken Binmoeller, Mitsuhiro Kida, Guillermo de la Mora, Dong Wan Seo, Manuel Perez-Miranda, Anthony yuen Bin Teoh, Nonthalee Pausawasdi, Ida Hilmi and many more.

There will be evening live transmission on day 1 from Winthorp hospital (Dr Stavros Stavropoulos and Dr K Binmoeller), and day 2 from Florida Hospital (Dr Robert hawes, and Dr Shyam Varadarajulu)

There are limited registrations for basic hands-on and advanced hands-on training. Log on to for program details and registration.



7th Annual Long Island Live Endoscopy Course

New Frontiers in Endoscopy
POEM, ESD, Full-thickness resection, Endoscopic Bariatric & Anti-Reflux Surgery Endoscopic Suturing & more 

Friday March 27, 2015. 7:30am - 6:00pm 
Winthrop Research & Academic Conference Center
Optional hands-on lab with the faculty
"POEM, ESD & Endoscopic Suturing with the masters" 

Saturday, March 28, 8:00am-1:00pm
Winthrop Spatz Auditorium

For more information, registration and downloadable brochure go to the course website.

Course Director: 
Stavros N. Stavropoulos, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY

Invited Guest Faculty:
Kenneth Binmoeller, California Pacific Medical Center, CA
Christopher J. Gostout, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Haruhiro Inoue, Showa University, Yokohama, Japan

Sergey Kantsevoy, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

William Kessler, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
Glen A. Lehman, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
Pinghong Zhou, Zhongshan Hospital, Shanghai, China


Activity Summary:

The guiding principle for Long Island Live has been the exploration of new frontiers of endoscopy and exposure of participants to novel and disruptive technologies and techniques. The 2015 course will build on the success of previous years, which included live demonstrations of POEMs, EFTR (endoscopic full thickness resection), STER (submucosal tunnel endoscopic resection), ESD, Zenker's diverticulotomy, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, and other cutting edge techniques of endoscopic surgery. The extremely advanced live cases, have prompted Haru Inoue to comment that "these were the hardest and most advanced cases ever done as part of a live endoscopy course".  Chris Gostout has commented that Long Island Live is"the most unique live course on the globe from the perspective of demonstrating where interventional endoscopy can and should be going”. All lectures and live case videos from the 2013 and 2014 courses have been archived on the web at This year's course will bring together again a "dream- team" of resection masters: Chris Gostout, whose team invented Submucosal Endoscopy; Haru Inoue from Japan, one of the fathers of ESD and performer of the first human POEM; Pinghong Zhou from China, an ESD master and pioneer of the full thickness resection techniques of STER and EFTR with the largest POEM volume in the world at close to 2000 POEMs, Sergey Kantsevoy, an ESD master with extensive experience in colonic ESD and endoscopic suturing.  These resection visionaries will review and demonstrate live these ground-breaking techniques. We plan an "encore" of last year's very successful “POEM simultané” with Inoue, Zhou and Stavropoulos performing three POEMs simultaneously to demonstrate current technique variations followed by cases of ESD, EFTR and STER.  The course's central theme will again be procedures that we perceive as "short-range NOTES" as they involve full thickness operations near the wall of the GI tract rather than operations at distant organs as envisioned by traditional NOTES which failed to gain traction. Staying on this theme, we will also have live demonstrations of endoscopic anti-reflux surgery by Kessler and Lehman and EUS-guided transluminal interventions by Ken Binmoeller. We are also offering an optional hands-on lab, "POEM, ESD & Endoscopic Suturing with the masters" on Saturday, March 28 during which participants will receive instruction in POEM, ESD & suturing by Asian and US masters at low teacher-trainee ratio that permits extensive interaction with the faculty. The course is organized by Winthrop University Hospital, one of only a handful of US centers with extensive ESD and POEM experience, one of few training centers for ESD and POEM and the site of the first human POEM, EFTR and STER procedures in the US. The course venue is located within a 30-40 minute drive from all major New York airports and Manhattan.

7th Annual Endoscopy Directors Meeting

  Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars Sinai Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital

March 28, 2015  

Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, DC

Course Directors: 
Firas H. Al-Kawas, MD, Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Director, JH Endoscopy Program, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, DC  
Simon K. Lo, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Director of Endoscopy, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Norman Nishioka, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Endoscopy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass  

This one day meeting will include didactic presentations by key national endoscopists, nurses and industry. Speakers will address important issues and challenges facing endoscopy unit directors in the US followed by focused panel discussions on endoscopy unit QA/efficiency, reprocessing and granting of privileges. Small groups will present their recommendations at the end of the meeting.   

As the only endoscopy directors meeting in the US, it is our hope that this meeting will again provide an important forum for endoscopy unit directors to identify important issues in endoscopy unit management. In addition, we hope that this forum will also provide a unique opportunity for endoscopy unit directors and industry to better understand and address important issues discussed at the meeting. 

The target audience includes endoscopy unit medical directors, administrative or nurse managers, or any individuals aspiring or interested to become leaders of endoscopy units.  Program and registration information can be accessed at  

The Fourth Annual Peter D. Stevens Course on Innovations in Digestive Care


April 16-17, 2015
New York, NY
13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Program Co-Directors 
Frank G. Gress, MD, MBA, AGAF, FACG, FASGE , Michel Kahaleh, MD, AGAF, FACG, FASGE, Amrita Sethi, MD, MSc, Robbyn Sockolow, MD, AGAF, John A. Chabot, MD, FACS, Jeffrey Milsom, MD, FACS, FACG

Overall Goals

This two day course will inform participants of the latest innovations for the management of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders, and will offer a unique opportunity to learn more about the current trends in interventional endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Internationally recognized faculty will address issues in current clinical practice, complications and pitfalls of newer technologies, and the evolution of the field. Attendee participation and interaction will be emphasized and facilitated through Q&A sessions, live OR and interactive case presentations and hands-on animal tissue labs.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss advances in therapeutic options for esophageal motility disorders
  • Apply optimal screening for pancreatic cancers
  • Define the current and future role of therapeutic echoendoscopy for gastrointestinal disorders
  • Explain the role of endoscopic submucosal dissection and ablation for the treatment of gastrointestinal mucosal neoplasm
  • Describe advances in endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of obesity
  • Identify the latest advances in imaging of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Define the pathophysiology and updated management of diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract of children including luminal and liver disease, disorders of motility, and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Recognize innovations in nursing care for the gastroenterology medicine, surgery and oncology patient


For more information or to register, please contact Jessica Scully at 212-304-7817 or email




Live from the University of Chicago! Endoscopic Advances for Clinical Practice 2015

April 17 – 18, 2015
CME certified: 15.00

The University of Chicago Medicine
Center for Care and Discovery
5700 South Maryland, 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60637

This course will outline where standard practices in endoscopy are currently and how new innovations may enhance or revolutionize endoscopy practice in the future. A series of lectures, debates, and live case demonstrations over two full days will be conducted by expert faculty from multiple disciplines and from all over the world.

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

Implement standard guidelines for screening and surveillance for Barrett’s esophagus and colon cancer in practice;

Discuss the endoscopic therapies for Barrett’s dysplasia and reflux disease;

Identify the principles of safe and effective polypectomy and endoscopic resections; 

Describe the diagnosis and management of  pancreaticobiliary lesions;

Discuss the management of pancreatitis and its complications;

Discuss endoscopic therapies for weight loss in bariatric patients;

Discuss prevention and endoscopic management of complications.

Please join us for what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking conference!

Irving Waxman, MD, Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, Vani Konda, MD, Andres Gelrud, MD
Conference Co-Directors

For additional information and to register online today please visit:


 Kansas City Live Endoscopy Course 2015

April 24-25, 2015
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
Hands-on session Friday
Live Endoscopy Cases Saturday

Course Directors:
Amit Rastogi, M.D. Assoc. Professor of Medicine
Mojtaba S. Olyaee, M.D. Professor and Division Director, Department of Gastroenterology
Univ. of Kansas Med. Center, Kansas City, Kan.

The purpose of this course is to provide a state-of-the-art update on advancements in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy to health professionals in the greater Midwest region. Attendees will learn about various endoscopic techniques and technological innovations that can be incorporated into their clinical practice. Through a series of didactic lectures, video forums and live endoscopy cases, experts in the field will review the basic and advanced techniques in therapeutic endoscopy.

This course is designed for practicing gastroenterologists, gastroenterology trainees, gastroenterology nurses and health technicians.

For more information, including guest faculty, how to register and the downloadable brochure go to