Esophagology: Testing and Treatment

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this course will be postponed until 2021. Receive email updates on Esophagology.

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ASGE’s inaugural course, Esophagology: Testing and Treatment, will explore recent developments in esophageal diseases and. provide participants with the up-to-date management of esophageal diseases including achalasia and other motility disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, and much more! This integrated course will feature state-of-the-art lectures by world-renowned experts, engaging question and answer sessions, interactive case-based panel discussions, and an interactive, hands-on session with the experts. Participants will walk away from this new competency-based education and training course with increased knowledge and concrete skills to improve the care of their patients with esophageal diseases, to achieve better outcomes.

What You Will Learn

After successfully completing all the components of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Perform a high quality diagnostic upper endoscopy.
  • Apply the diagnostic testing options for patients with known or suspected GERD.
  • Apply the diagnostic testing options for patients with dysphagia including endoscopy, high-resolution manometry and impedance planimetry.
  • Manage patients with eosinophilic esophagitis.
  • Counsel patients on treatments for reflux, including minimally invasive approaches.
  • Apply a tailored approach for patients with esophageal motor disorders including achalasia and spastic disorders.
  • Prepare for endoscopic complications in the esophagus.

Skills to be Covered

  • Basic Interpretation of high-resolution manometry
  • Basic Interpretation of ambulatory pH monitoring
  • Wireless pH monitoring capsule deployment
  • Diagnostic EndoFlip and therapeutic balloon dilation with EsoFlip
  • Variceal banding
  • Through the scope clip and over the scope clip deployment
  • Stent deployment
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection*
  • Transoral incisionless fundoplication*
  • Suturing*

*Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on exposure to the skills and may then seek additional training for competency after this introduction.

Course Directors and Faculty

Course Directors
Vani Konda, MD, FASGE Vani Konda, MD, FASGE
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Prateek Sharma, MD, FASGEPrateek Sharma, MD, FASGE
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS

Invited Faculty

Kenneth J. Chang, MD, FASGE
University of California Irvine Medical Center
Orange, CA

Peter V. Draganov, MD, FASGE
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

Neil Gupta, MD, FASGE
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL

Ikuo Hirano, MD
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Chicago, IL

Shivangi Kothari, MD, FASGE
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

Sravanthi Parasa, MD
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD
New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
New York, NY

Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE

The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Irving Waxman, MD
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Rena H. Yadlapati, MD, MSHS
UC San Diego Division of Gastroenterology
La Jolla, CA


Friday, June 19, Day 1
Session A: Lectures
1:00 – 1:30 pm
Registration and Exhibits
1:30 – 1:45 pm
Welcome and Introduction
1:45 – 2:00 pm
Pre-Course Assessment
2:00 – 2:20 pm
The Diagnostic Toolbox for GERD: When to Use What?
2:20 – 2:40 pm
Minimally Invasive Endoscopic & Surgical Treatments of GERD
2:40 – 3:00 pm
Optimizing your Diagnostic Upper Endoscopy
3:00 – 3:20 pm
Update on Eosinophilic Esophagitis
3:20 – 3:40 pm
Refractory Stritures : Steroids to Stents
3:40 – 4:00 pm
Questions and Answers
4:00 – 4:20 pm
Break & Exhibits
4:20 – 4:40 pm
The Basics of High-Resolution Manometry and the Chicago Classification
4:40 – 5:00 pm
New Approaches in Diagnosis of Esophageal Motility Disorders
5:00 – 5:20 pm
Management of Achalasia in 2020
5:20 – 5:40 pm
Zenker’s Diverticulum
5:40 – 6:00 pm
Managing Esophageal Complications
6:00 – 6:20 pm
Questions and Answers
6:20 – 6:30 pm
Wrap Up
6:30 – 7:45 pm
Reception/Drinks/Dinner w/Participants and Faculty
7:45 pm
Saturday, June 20, Day 2
Rotate Session B in Lecture Hall and Session C in Hands-on Lab
6:30 – 7:30 am
Registration & Breakfast & Exhibits
7:30 – 7:40 am
Introduction and Instructions for Day and Break Outs
7:40 – 9:20 am
Morning Session Starts
9:20 – 9:40 am
Break and Exhibits
9:40 – 11:10 am
Morning Sessions Resume
11:10 – Noon
Lunch & Exhibits
Noon – 1:30 pm
Afternoon Session Starts
1:30 – 1:50 pm
Break & Exhibits
1:50 – 3:10 pm
Afternoon Session Resumes
3:10 – 3:30 pm
Wrap Up and Post-Course Assessment
3:30 pm
  • Difficult Manometry Techniques
  • Refractory Barrett’s Esophagus after Endotherapy
  • Recurrent Achalasia After Myotomy
  • Refractory EoE: What to Do?
  • What to do with Spastic Esophageal Disorders
  • Cough & Atypical GERD
  • Esophageal Squamous Cell Neoplasia in the West
  • Esophageal Emergencies That Get You Up in the of the Night
Hands-on Sessions
  • TIF
  • Stenting
  • Suturing
  • EndoFlip, EsoFlip, Bravo
  • Clips & OTSC
  • Variceal Banding and EMR

Registration Fees

Early Bird date: June 5, 2020

In Person
Didactic and Hands-on
On or before
June 5, 2020
June 5, 2020
ASGE Physician Member
Nonmember Physician
Nurse/Trainee Member
Nonmember Nurse/Trainee
Simulcast Livestreaming
ASGE Physician Member

All participants will receive the recorded didactic sessions within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the course.

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Four Easy Ways to Register

  1. Online
  2. Phone: 1-630-573-0600
  3. Fax: 1-630-963-8332
  4. Mail: American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, PO Box 809055, Chicago, IL 60680-9055

For all registration inquiries, email ASGE Customer Care at or call 1-630-573-0600.

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Early Registration Discounts End June 5, 2020

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Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be sent in writing at least two weeks before the activity to Refunds will be subject to an administrative fee of $100. Attendee substitutions are permitted with ASGE authorization. ASGE has the right to cancel a program at any time at its discretion.

Hotel Accommodations

ASGE courses have a history of selling out. It is recommended that you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. However, you may want to wait to make your airline reservations until you have received confirmation of registration from ASGE.

Marriott Suites Downers Grove
1500 Opus Place
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Marriott Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 or 630-852-1500

ASGE has arranged a room block for this course at $109 per night plus applicable tax. This discount is valid only if the reservation is made before May 28, 2020. Please contact the hotel directly to make hotel reservations. Please mention the name of the ASGE course when making your reservation.

A free shuttle will be provided between the hotel and the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ASGE designates this live educational course for a maximum of 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ASGE Assurance to High Level Scientific Evidence and Adherence to Neutrality:  ASGE is committed to you, our learners.   We are committed to assuring the highest level of scientific rigor, research-based evidence and practicality to clinical use is conveyed throughout this educational activity.  Members who designed this educational activity are carefully selected for their content expertise, teaching excellence and neutrality on the topic(s) being presented.  ASGE requires all subject matter experts, committee members and staff planners who are in a position to control any aspect of content to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.  Financial relationships in any amount is considered a potential conflict of interest, is peer-reviewed and resolved according to ASGE’s Educational Conflict of Interest Policy prior to the start of this program.    

HIPAA Accountability:  ASGE makes every effort to not include individually identifiable health information in this educational activity.  To protect patient privacy, faculty are requested to de-identify patient related material in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Educational Attributes:   This ASGE educational program addresses the following desirable physician attribute(s) that align with ACGME/ABMS Competencies, Institute of Medicine Competencies and/or Interprofessional Education Collaborative Competencies:  a) Medical Knowledge; b) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement; c) Provide Patient-Centered Care; and d) Employ Evidence-Based Practice.

ASGE’s Commitment to Our Learners:  ASGE’s continuing medical education program consists of a diversified educational portfolio. Each educational activity serves to maintain, develop, or increase our learner’s knowledge, skill, and professional performance.  It is our intention that you will be able to transfer this learning to the provision of services for your patients, the public and the endoscopy profession. Content developed for this educational activity is based upon a body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the GI profession and ASGE’s standards of practice, the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.