ASGE–WGO Postgraduate Course at ACG: Viva Endoscopy!

Dates: October 13, 2017

Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Held in conjunction with the World Congress of Gastroenterology @ ACG 2017, the ASGE–WGO Postgraduate Course is designed to highlight the state-of-the-art endoscopic management of gastrointestinal diseases that attendees encounter daily, and present important recent innovations that are changing clinical practice.

Who Should Attend
This course has been specifically designed for practitioners of gastrointestinal endoscopy, especially gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal surgeons, gastrointestinal nurses, and fellows in training. It is equally relevant to those in private practice and academic practice.

Download Brochure Register Now

Course Overview
During this course, faculty will present tips and techniques that can be immediately employed to improve endoscopic outcomes. The series of course presentations will include case discussions and video content to stimulate audience dialogue with world-renowned GI experts.
What You Will Learn
Upon completion of ASGE–WGO Postgraduate Course at ACG: Viva Endoscopy!, physicians will be able to:

  • Discuss peri-procedural management of direct oral anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs
  • Identify methods to optimize endoscope disinfection in their practice
  • Optimize polypectomy methods for sessile colonic polyps
  • Describe state-of-the-art approaches to identifying, sampling, and managing Barrett’s esophagus
  • Implement techniques for diagnosis of early gastric cancer in at-risk patients
  • Enhance their techniques for EUS-guided tissue acquisition
  • Utilize various ERCP modalities for treatment of bile duct stones
  • Implement best practices in endoscopic drainage and debridement of walled-off pancreatic necrosis
  • Demonstrate techniques for minimizing the risk of post- ERCP pancreatitis
  • Discuss strategies, indications, and technologies for small bowel endoscopy
  • Implement new endoscopic management strategies for difficult esophageal strictures
  • Employ new methods for control of gastrointestinal hemorrhage and repair of GI tract perforations and leaks
Course Directors

Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc, FASGE, Mark Topazian, MD, FASGE

Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc, FASGE

Gastro Health
Medical Director,
Pancreatic Disease Center Miami Cancer Institute
Baptist Hospital
Miami, Florida

Mark Topazian, MD, FASGE
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Invited Faculty
Barham Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Peter V. Draganov, MD, FASGE
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Antonio Rollan Rodriquez, MD
Clinica Alemana de Santiago
University of Desarrollo
Santiago, Chile

Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE
University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, Colorado

Reem Z. Sharaiha, MD, BSc, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FASGE
Chief of Gastroenterology
University of North Carolina
School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Uzma Siddiqui, MD, FASGE
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Claudio Rolim Teixeira, MD, PhD
Interventional Endoscopy
Moinhos Vento Hospital
Porto Alegre, Brazil
6:30 - 7:30 am  Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 7:40 am  Welcome and introductions
Course Directors

SESSION ONE - Preliminaries
7:40 – 8:00 am  Anti-Thrombotic Drugs
Mark Topazian, MD, FASGE
Management of antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs before and after endoscopy, and in patients with GI bleeding

8:00 – 8:20 am  Endoscope Disinfection: What You Need to Know
Uzma Siddiqui, MD, FASGE
The risk of microbial transmission by endoscopes, and current best practices for performing and monitoring endoscope disinfection

8:20 – 8:40 am  Panel Discussion Q&A

SESSION TWO - Cancer Screening, Prevention, and Diagnosis
8:40 – 9:00 am  Colon Polyps Big and Small
Claudio Rolim Teixeira, MD, PhD
Detection of subtle polyps, and endoscopic management and follow-up of both small and large colon polyps

9:00 – 9:20 am  Diagnosis and Endoscopic Treatment of Barrett’s
Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FASGE
How to perform state-of-the-art diagnostic endoscopy for diagnosis of Barrett’s esophagus and Barrett’s dysplasia (are advanced imaging technologies of prove benefit?); and which patients to treat endoscopically with available modalities treatment and techniques of endoscopic resection

9:20 – 9:40 am  Screening for Early Gastric Cancer
Antonio Rollan Rodriguez, MD
New endoscopic techniques for detection of gastric dysplasia and early gastric cancer; which patients to screen and which treatments to recommend

9:40 – 10:00 am EUS: How to Maximize Your Tissue Yield
Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, FASGE
Indications and best endoscopic techniques and devices for EUS-guided aspiration and core biopsy

10:00 – 10:30 am Panel Discussion Q&A

10:30 – 10:50 am Break

SESSION THREE - Bariatric Endoscopy
10:55 – 11:15 am  Managing Complications of Bariatric Surgery
Reem Z. Sharaiha, MD, BSc, MBBS
Endoscopic approach to leaks, dehiscence, sleeve dysfunction, and weight regain after bariatric surgery

11:15 – 11:35 am  Primary Bariatric Endoscopy
Barham Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH
Short-term and long-term efficacy and adverse events of current endoscopic modalities; patient selection; which techniques should be part of clinical practice now?

11:35 – 11:55 am How to Start a Bariatric Practice
Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE
What cognitive and endoscopic training is required? Is a team approach to obesity required, and who are the key team members?

11:55 am – 12:15 pm  Panel Discussions Q&A

12:15 – 1:15 pm  Lunch Break

SESSION FOUR - Pancreaticobiliary Endoscopy
1:15 – 1:35 pm  Preventing and Managing Complications of ERCP
Peter V. Draganov, MD, FASGE
Risk stratification; when to say “no” to ERCP; techniques that minimize the risks of ERCP; approach to post-ERCP pancreatitis and hemorrhage
1:35 – 1:55 pm  Biliary Stones
Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc, FASGE
When to perform ERCP before or after laparoscopic cholecystectomy: management of big stones including large caliber balloon dilation and lithotripsy techniques
Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc, FASGE

1:55 – 2:15 pm  Pancreatic Fluid Collections and Necrosis
Peter V. Draganov, MD, FASGE
Differential diagnosis of pancreatic cystic lesions; how to drain pancreatic fluid collections and necrosis and manage adverse events

2:15 – 2:35 pm  Panel Discussions Q&A

SESSION FIVE – Emerging Endoscopic Techniques
2:40 – 3:00 pm  Enternal Stents: What's New
Reem Z. Sharaiha, MD, BSc, MBBS
New data, indications, and devices for enteral stenting

3:00 – 3:20 pm  New Ways to Control Hemorrhage
Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE
Over-the-scope clips, endoscopic suturing, EUS-guided therapies, and combined endoscopic/radiologic procedures

3:20 – 3:40 pm  Treatment of Difficult Esophageal Strictures
Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FASGE
New endoscopic approaches to recurrent or refractory esophageal stenosis
3:40 – 4:00 pm  Endoscopic Repair of Acute GI Perforations and Leaks
Barham Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH
How to manage acute GI tract perforations and leaks endoscopically

4:00 – 4:30 pm  Panel Discussion Q&A

4:30 pm  Course Adjourned

Agenda is subject to change.
Registration and CMEs
ASGE-WGO at ACG 201_Pricing
All registration is handled through the World Congress of Gastroenterology ACG 2017 website:

This course is listed as the WGO-ASGE Endoscopy Course.

ASGE members are entitled to the member rate for the ASGE - WGO Postgraduate Course. If you are are a member of ASGE and are registering under a non-member category, please type a comment in the online registration form, and the price will be adjusted accordingly before your credit card is charged.

Continuing Medical Education
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) is accredited by the Accredited Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASGE designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 7.25 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) MOC program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC points.

Cancellation Policy
Written notice of cancellation and requests for refunds must be sent to by September 22, 2017. After this day, no refunds will be possible. Registration cancellations are not accepted by telephone. There will be a $50 administrative fee assessed for cancellation of any paid event. Refunds will be issued after the meeting.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Attendees at the WCOG at ACG 2017 who need additional reasonable accommodations or who have special needs should contact the ACG office no later than September 20, 2017.
Hotel Information
ASGE / WGO2017 Postgraduate Course is taking place at the ACG Annual Meeting at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando FL.

The Hyatt Regency Orlando, located at 9801 International Drive, is the official ACG and WGO headquarters hotel. Rooms have been booked at eight hotels in close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center. Special group rates for hotel, airfare and car rentals are available for attendees.

Meeting Sites Resource is the official housing bureau for the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017. If you book outside of the official housing bureau, your housing reservation cannot be guaranteed.

For additional hotel and travel information visit:

Explore Orlando
Orlando is home to Walt Disney World® and Epcot®, Universal Studios Florida®, SeaWorld®, and more. Visitors will find a number of outdoor and sports attractions, art museums and shopping.

International Travel and Visa Information
WCOG at ACG 2017 recommends applying for a Visa as early as possible. For more information visit: