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Welcome Message from Dr. Pandolfino, Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The faculty and trainees in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology along with the Division of GI Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center are proud to be part of this year’s Digestive Diseases Week (DDW). Our team will have a major presence across the entire spectrum of digestive diseases with over 30 oral presentations, 20 poster presentations, plenary sessions as well as research forums. Many of our faculty will also be participating as symposium moderators and as topic experts during hands-on courses and the AGA Postgraduate course, once again highlighting the depth of research being performed by the faculty. I am extremely proud of the work that our faculty and trainees have accomplished along with their dedication to align great medical care with great academic productivity and innovation. Additionally, our robust training program and the productivity of the trainees at this DDW supports the value we place on our mission of training the next generation of researchers and clinicians.

Northwestern Medicine and the Feinberg School of Medicine also has a long history of training the best and the brightest. Therefore, I am looking forward to connecting with our colleagues and Northwestern alumnae at DDW. I hope to see our esteemed colleagues and alumnae at the Northwestern Reception on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel’s Sapphire Room 410A.


northwestern-medicine-pandolfino John E. Pandolfino, MD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Hans Popper Professor - Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine




Not To Be Missed at DDW 2019

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Darren Brenner, MD

Research Forum

IBS Diarrheal Disease: Robustness of Eluxadoline for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea in Patients Who Report Inadequate Symptom Control with Prior Loperamide Use: A Phase 4 Study (Relief)

Sunday, May 19 | 4:00 pm5:30 pm

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Nirmala Gonsalves, MD

Clinical

Lecture: Controversies in Esophageal Disorders: Diet Therapy for Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Sunday, May 19 | 4:00 pm5:30 pm

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Stephen Hanauer, MD

Poster

IBD: Controlled Clinical Trials in Humans: Identification of Risk Factors Associated with Loss of Response to Ustekinumab in Crohn's Disease

Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm2:00 pm

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Srinadh Komanduri, MD

Committee-Sponsored Symposium

Innovation in Gastroenterology: Turning Dreams Into Reality: Innovation to Adoption: The Role and Impact of CGIT

Monday, May 20 | 2:00 pm3:30 pm

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Laura Kulik, MD

Committee-Sponsored Symposium

State-of-the-Art Lectures: New Hope for HCC

Monday, May 20 | 10:00 am11:00 am

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Scott Strong, MD

Clinical Symposium

Managing IBD in the Era of Biologics: Conclusion

Saturday, May 18 | 8:00 am9:30 am

Digestive Health Center Presentations at DDW 2019

Aziz Aadam, MD

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Hands-on
Suturing and Closures: Suturing and Closures Hands-on Workshop
Saturday, May 18 | 12:00 pm–2:30 pm


Hands-on
Customized Hands-on Lab: Customized Hands-on Workshop
Sunday, May 19 | 9:00 am–11:30 am


Lecture
ESD Where Do We Stand?: Management of Adverse Effects of ESD
Sunday, May 19 | 10:00 am–11:30 am


Darren Brenner, MD

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Lecture
IBS Diarrheal Disease: Robustness of Eluxadoline for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea in Patients Who Report Inadequate Symptom Control with Prior Loperamide Use: A Phase 4 Study (Relief)
Sunday, May 19 | 4:00 pm–5:30 pm


Dustin Carlson, MD

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Postgraduate Course
AGA Postgraduate Course Luncheon Breakout Session — Reading Esophageal Manometry: Beyond the Basics
Saturday, May 18 | 11:45 am–12:45 pm


Lecture
Esophageal Reflux, Impedance, Impedance Planimetry and Motility Testing: How to Use in Your Practice
Sunday, May 19 | 6:30 am–7:45 am


Lecture 
Advances in Dysphagia and GERD
Sunday, May 19 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Poster
GERD: Diagnostic Testing: Mucosal Impedance Predicts Ability to Discontinue PPI Among PPI Nonresponders
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Poster
Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Motility Disorders: Esophageal Hypervigilance and Visceral Anxiety Are Major Contributors to Dysphagia Severity Among Patients Undergoing Evaluation with High Resolution Esophageal Manometry
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Lecture
Designing Bugs as Drugs: Challenges in Discovery, Regulatory and Trial Design: US and European Evaluation of Microbiome Drugs Approval
Tuesday, May 21 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Steven Flamm, MD

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Postgraduate Course
2019 AGA Postgraduate Course: Managing Complications of Cirrhosis - How I Do It and Panel Q&A
Saturday, May 18 | 8:15 am–4:15 pm


Lecture
Advanced Liver Disease: Efficacy and Safety of Rifaximin Treatment for Reducing the Risk of Overt Hepatic Encephalopathy by Baseline Hepatic
Monday, May 20 | 10:00 am–11:30 am


Lecture
HCV: Current Therapies: High Efficacy and Improvement in CPT Class With Sofosbuvir/ velpatas Vir Plus Ribavirin for 12 Weeks in Patients with CPT C Decompensated Cirrhosis
Tuesday, May 21 | 10:00 am–11:30 am

 


Nirmala Gonsalves, MD

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Lecture
Lecture: Controversies in Esophageal Disorders: Discussion and Diet Therapy for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Sunday, May 19 | 4:00 pm–5:30 pm


Stephen Hanauer, MD

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Poster
IBD: Controlled Clinical Trials in Humans: Identification of Risk Factors Associated with Loss of Response to Ustekinumab in Crohn's Disease
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Ikuo Hirano, MD

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Postgraduate Course
2019 AGA Postgraduate Course: EOE — Management Conundrums, Treatment failure. What's Next; Dilate? How Long to Treat, Dietary Therapy? And Panel Q&A
Saturday, May 18 | 8:15 am–4:15 pm


Lecture
Clinical Advances in Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Prospective Evaluation of a Novel, Endoscopic Activity Assessment System for Eosinophilic Gastritis
Sunday, May 19 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm


Lecture
Esophageal, Gastric & Duodenal Disorders (EGD) Section Distinguished Abstract Plenary:  Presentation of Research Mentor Award: Stuart J. Spechler, MD, AGAF
Tuesday, May 21 | 8:00 am–9:30 am


Peter Kahrilas, MD

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Lecture
Benign Esophageal Diseases: Everything Esophagus From Achalasia to Zenker's: Treatment of Achalasia: Does Subtype Matter?
Sunday, May 19 | 10:00 am–11:30 am


Lecture
Extraesophageal Reflux: Where Are We In 2019?
Monday, May 20 | 8:00 am–9:30 am


Rajesh Keswani, MD

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Lecture
Improving Your Adenoma Detection Rate in 2019: New Ways to Use Your Existing Colonoscope
Saturday, May 18 | 8:00 am–9:30 am


Lecture
AGA Postgraduate Course Luncheon Breakout Session — Tricks of the Trade in Pancreatitis: How I Do It
Saturday, May 18 | 11:45 am–12:45 pm


Lecture
ERCP in Special Circumstances: LAP Assisted, get Help from IR, or Make Your Own Way
Saturday, May 18 | 4:00 pm–5:30 pm


Lecture 
Advancing Clinical Practice: GI‐Fellow‐Directed Quality‐Improvement Projects: State-of-the-Art Lecture and Panel Discussion
Monday, May 20 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Lecture
Quality Endoscopy: What's New for Your Practice: Quality in EUS and ERCP: How Do We Define It?
Tuesday, May 21 | 10:00 am–11:30 am


Srinadh Komanduri, MD

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Lecture
Challenges in the Management of GERD in 2019: Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Barrett's Esophagus
Monday, May 20 | 8:00 am–9:30 am


Lecture 
Innovation in Gastroenterology: Turning Dreams Into Reality: Innovation to Adoption: The Role and Impact of CGIT
Monday, May 20 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Poster
EUS 2: The Effectiveness of Endoscopic Ultrasound for Evaluation of Pancreatic Duct "Cutoff" Identified on Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

 


Laura Kulik, MD

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Lecture
State-of-the-Art Lectures: New Hope for HCC
Monday, May 20 | 10:00 am–11:00 am


Chetan Mittal, MD

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Lecture
Barrett's Diagnosis and Therapy: Predictors of Incomplete Response to Endoscopic Eradication Therapy: Results from the Treatment with Resection and Endoscopic Ablation Techniques for Barrett's Esophagus (Treat-BE) Consortium
Monday, May 20 | 10:00 am–11:30 am


John Pandolfino, MD

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Lecture
Benign Esophageal Diseases: Everything Esophagus From Achalasia to Zenker's: Q&A
Sunday, May 19 | 10:00 am–11:30 am


Lecture
Esophageal Testing: Beyond Endoscopy
Sunday, May 19 | 12:30 pm–1:45 pm

 


Lecture
Behavioral Assessments and Treatments for the Gastroenterologist; Panel: The Business of Integrating Mental Health into Pediatric and Adult GI Practices
Sunday, May 19 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm


Lecture
Neurogastroenterology & Motility (NGM) Distinguished Abstract Plenary: Presentation of Research Mentor Award: Gianrico Farrugia, MD, AGAF
Monday, May 20 | 4:00 pm–5:30 pm


Lecture
Concepts and Controversies in Foregut Disorders: Evaluation and Medical Management of Esophageal Motility Disorders
Tuesday, May 21 | 10:00 am–11:30 am

 


Scott Strong, MD

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Lecture
Managing IBD in the Era of Biologics: Conclusion
Saturday, May 18 | 8:00 am–9:30 am


Lecture
SSAT International Program II: What is New in Crohn's Disease?: Efficiency of Biologic Drugs- Delay of Surgery, More Morbidity?
Sunday, May 19 | 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

 


Ezra Teitelbaum, MD

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Lecture
SSAT and ISDS Joint Symposium: Evidence Based Updates in Hernia Repair: Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
Tuesday, May 21 | 7:30 am–9:30 am

Additional Lectures and Poster Sessions

Meghan Barrett‐Englert, MD

Poster
Helicobacter pylori: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Outcomes: The Management of H. Pylori is of Low Quality in Practice due to Low Rates of Eradication Testing
Sunday, May 19 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Alyse Bedell, MS

Poster
Psychogastroenterology: What is Cognitive In/flexibility in Irritable bowel Syndrome? A Qualitative Analysis of Clinicians' Perspectives
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Ryan Campagna, MD

Lecture
SSAT Quick Shot Session: Esophagus and Gastric I: Clinical Outcomes 4 years After Poem for Treatment of Achalasia
Saturday, May 18 | 4:00 pm–5:30 pm


Edmund Chen, MD

Poster
SSAT Basic Science I: Fecal Transplantation Restores Neointimal Hyperplasia Development After Arterial Injury In Germ-Free Mice
Sunday, May 19 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Erin Cleveland, MD 

Poster
Health Care Delivery/Access/Quality: Palliative Care Utilization Prior to Death Among Veteran Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Single-Center Study
Sunday, May 19 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Livia Guadagnoli

Clinical Psychology doctoral candidate at Northwestern University - The Feinberg School of Medicine

Lecture
Psychogastroenterology: Esophageal Hypervigilance and Symptom Anxiety are Prevalent across Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Phenotypes
Sunday, May 19 | 8:00 am–9:30 pm


Rhami Khorfan, MD

Lecture
SSAT Plenary Session: Esophagus and Gastric I: Minimally Invasive Surgery is Associated with Increased Use of Postoperative Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Gastric Cancer
Monday, May 20 | 8:00 am–9:30 am


Chiraag Kulkarni, MD

Poster
Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Motility Disorders: Utilizing Functional Luminal Imaging Probe (FLIP) Panometry to Characterize Novel Markers of EGJ Function and Opening Dynamics
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Poster
Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Motility Disorders: Normal Parameters of Distension-induced Contractility Assessed via Functional Luminal Imaging Probe (FLIP) Panometry
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Angela Lam, MD

Poster
Clinical Practice 3: A Comprehensive Colonoscopy Quality Improvement Program Reduces Interval Colorectal Cancer Rates
Saturday, May 18 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Kevin Liu, MD

Poster
New Technology: Transpyloric Stenting for Refractory Gastroparesis Prior to Gastric Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy: A Novel Proof of Concept Study
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Ronak Patel, MD

Lecture
Training Tips in Endoscopy for the Student and the Teacher: Simulation Based Mastery Learning Improves Polypectomy Competency Among Experienced Endoscopists
Saturday, May 18 | 10:00 am–11:30 am

Lecture 
Research Improving the Quality of Colonoscopy and Polypectomy: Simulation Based Training Improves Confidence Levels of Polypectomy Skill Among Practicing Gastroenterologists
Sunday, May 19 | 8:00 am–9:30 am

Lecture
Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Motility Disorders: Esophagogastric Junction Distensibility is Nearly Always Abnormal in Achalasia
Sunday, May 19 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm


Katharine Rooney, MD

Poster
New Technology: Transpyloric Stenting for Refractory Gastroparesis Prior to Gastric Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy: A Novel Proof of Concept Study
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Lecture
Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Motility Disorders: Distension-induced Contractility is Frequently Present, but Consistently Abnormal in Achalasia: A Study Utilizing Flip Panometry
Tuesday, May 21 | 4:00 pm–5:30 pm


Cary Jo Schlick, MD

Lecture
SSAT Plenary Session: Small Bowel and Colorectal II: Development of a Patient-centered, Post-discharge Venous Thromboembolism Risk Calculator Following Resection for Colorectal Cancer
Tuesday, May 21 | 10:00 am–11:30 am


Amanda Siegel, MD

Poster
Clinical Practice 1: Adverse Events of Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) During the Learning Curve Period
Monday, May 20 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Poster
Obesity Clinical and Medical Care: Structured, Comprehensive Lifestyle Intervention Program Results in Durable Weight Loss and PPI Reduction Among Obese Patients With Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Monday, May 20 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Tiffany Taft, PsyD, MIS

Poster
IBD: Natural History and Outcomes: How do Dietary Patterns for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Patients Compare to the General U.S. Population?
Saturday, May 18 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Poster
IBD: Natural History and Outcomes: Western Versus Mediterranean Dietary Markers Differ in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Patients Based on Disease Severity
Saturday, May 18 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Lecture
Behavioral Assessments and Treatments for the Gastroenterologist: Collaborating with Mental Health Professionals in Your Community
Sunday, May 19 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm


Joseph Triggs, MD

Poster
Barrett's Esophagus: Diagnosis, Management and Surveillance: Histologic Changes in the Neosquamous Epithelium Following Endoscopic Eradication Therapy (EET) Predict Recurrence of Barrett's Esophagus (BE)
Saturday, May 18 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Poster
Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Motility Disorders: Esophagogastric Junction Measures Following Per Oral Esophageal Myotomy
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Eleanor Yang, MD

Poster
Pancreas Diseases: The Quality of Early Acute Pancreatitis Management has Improved Minimally Over Time
Saturday, May 18 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Poster
Clinical Acute Pancreatitis III: Admitting Acute Pancreatitis Patients Who Require Intensive Care to the Floor is Common and Associated with Poor Outcomes
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:00 pm–2:00 pm


Tarik Yuce, MD

Lecture
SSAT Plenary Session: Esophagus and Gastric I: Complications and Readmissions Associated with Smoking Following Elective Bariatric Surgery
Monday, May 20 | 8:00 am–9:30 am

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