Program
TIMEPROGRAM
8:00-9:00 amRegistration
9:00-9:45 amOpening Session
Venue: Auditorium
9:00-9:15 amWelcome Remarks
Matthew Kroh, MD
9:15-9:45 amKeynote Lecture: Social Media and the Modern Physician
John Rodriguez, MD
9:45-10:30 amCoffee Break and Transition
10:30-1:00 pmNursing and Dietetics Forum
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Dianna Tannous, RD
Updates in Gastroenterology
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD & Mohammad Alam, MD
10:30-10:50 amPreparing for Transplant Service Activation: OR Nursing Experience
Betty Kho
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Evidence Based Updates
Aydamir Alrakawi, MD
10:50-11:10 amRegistered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA): New Opportunities in the Operating Room
Donna Ensor
Non-GI Abdominal and Pelvic Pain: Gynecology Perspective
Jean Uy-Kroh, MD
11:10-11:30 amImmunonutrition in 2019
Adrienne Speedy
Non-invasive Methods for Liver Evaluation of Hepatic fibrosis
Cristobal Moreno, MD
11:30-11:50 amLarge Bowel Perforation During Endoscopy: Therapeutic Options and The Nursing Role
Jon Raymond Rubio, RN & Beata Umugwangwali, RN
Bariatric Surgery for Non-Surgeons
Javed Raza, MD
11:50-12:10 pmAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Jennifer Yeckley
Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: What is New?
Pascale Anglade, MD
12:10-12:30 pmLeadership in Nursing and Career Progression
Abeer AlBlooshi
Role of Probiotics in GI and Liver Disease: What’s the Evidence?
Mohammad Alam, MD
12:30-12:45 pmDiet and the Microbiome
Annelie Shaw, RD
Q & A Panel
12:45-1:00 pmQ & A Panel
1:00-2:00 pmLunch Break
2:00-3:40 pmTraining, Innovation, & Technology 1
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Josh Landreneau, MD
Trending Topics in Foregut Disease
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Khaled Hamdan MD & Amer AlKhatib, MD
2:00-2:20 pmEducation and Research as a Priority at an Academic Medical Center
Bartlomiej Piechowski-Jozwiak, MD
Per Oral Pyloromyotomy for Gastroparesis
John Rodriguez, MD
2:20-2:40 pmInnovation in Healthcare: How Does It Fit in the Mission of Modern Healthcare?
Homero Rivas, MD
POEM for Achalasia
Matthew Kroh, MDn
2:40-3:00 pmSubspecialty Training and Fellowship in a US Medical Centre
John Rodriguez, MD
Botox in the Treatment of Foregut Diseases: What is the Data?
Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
3:00-3:20 pmInvention & Development in a Clinical Surgical Practice
Matthew Kroh, MD
Reflux after Bariatric Surgery
Khaled Hamdan, MD
3:20-3:40 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
3:40-4:00 pmCoffee Break
4:00-5:30 pmVideofest
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Cristobal Moreno, MD & Carlos Abril, MD
All Things Hernia
Venue: Ballroom B
Moderator: Bret Cardwell, MD & Gabriel del Gobbo, MD
4:00-4:15 pmTriple-Modality Endoscopic Management of Bariatric Surgery Complications
Josh Landreneau, MD
Patient Optimization for Hernia Surgery: Best Outcomes
Bret Cardwell, MD
4:15-4:30 pmCombined Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Management of Gastric Perforation after Previous Balloon
Juan Gamboa, MD
Hiatal Hernia Repair: Update on Technique and Mesh
Javed Raza, MD
4:30-4:45 pmMinimally Invasive Vista: Use of Magnetics in Laparoscopic Surgery
Carlos Abril, MD
TAPP vs TEP vs Robotics: What is the State of Inguinal Hernia Surgery
John Rodriguez, MD
4:45-5:00 pmUnusual Finding in the Distal Bile Duct
Javed Raza, MD
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Matthew Kroh, MD
5:00-5:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
TIMEPROGRAM
8:00-8:30 amRegistration
8:25-9:00 amOpening Session
Venue: Auditorium
8:25-8:30 amWelcome Remarks
Matthew Kroh, MD
8:30-9:00 amKeynote Lecture: Liver Transplantation Evolution: My Personal Journey
Antonio Pinna, MD
9:00-10:30 amLiver Diseases and Transplantation
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Shiva Kumar, MD and Charles Miller, MD
Colorectal Surgery
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Othon Wiltz, MD & Fadel Shabeeb, MD
9:00-9:20 amFuture Trends in Living Donor Liver Transplantation – The Less the Better
Koji Hashimoto, MD
Management of Rectal Cancer with Liver Metastasis: Which to Resect First, or Both Together?
Shafik Sidani, MD
9:20-9:40 amLiver Graft Ex Vivo Perfusion – The End of the Ice Age
Cristiano Quintini, MD
Controversies in Surgical Management of Diverticulitis
Lameese Tabaja
9:40-10:00 amRole of MRI in Living Related Liver Transplant
Numan Balci, MD
Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome in the UAE
Othon Wiltz, MD
10:00-10:30 amQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
10:30-11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00-12:00 pmTraining, Innovation, & Technology 2
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: John Rodriguez, MD & Gabriel del Gobbo, MD
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Sara El Ouali, MD & Othon Wiltz, MD
11:00-11:15 amEstablishing a General Surgery Residency Program in the UAE
Yasir Akmal, MD
IBD in the UAE - Epidemiology and UAE Registry
Zaher Koutoubi, MD
11:15-11:30 amNew Frontiers in Training: Updates in Simulation
Gabriel del Gobbo, MD
Advances in Biologic Therapy for IBD
Mohammed Alam, MD
11:30-11:45 amResearch Fellowships: USA perspective
Josh Landreneau, MD
When Do We Operate? Surgical Interventions in IBD
Shafik Sidani, MD
11:45-12:00 pmSocial Media in the Modern Physician’s Practice
Mohammad Jamal, MD
Q & A Panel
12:00-2:00 pmFriday Prayers and Lunch Break
2:00-3:30 pmHealth Implications and Perspectives of Obesity and Diabetes
Venue: Auditorium
Moderator: Matthew Kroh, MD and Mohammed Iqbal, MD
Liver, Pancreatic & Biliary Diseases
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Jose Such, MD and Cristiano Quintini, MD
2:00-2:15 pmImpact on Population Health: Medical and Financial Implications
Mohgah El Sheikh, MD
EUS in GI Malignancies
Aydamir Al Rakawi, MD
2:15-2:30 pmLink Between Diabetes and Obesity
Sara Suliman, MD
Advances in Surgical Treatment of Hepatic Malignancies
Antonio Pinna, MD
2:30-2:45 pmHealthy Microbiome and Obesity
Mourad Kirollos, MD
Minimally Invasive Approaches to Pancreatic Diseases
Yasir Akmal, MD
2:45-3:00 pm Medical Management of Obesity
Sara Suliman, MD
Update on Management of Pancreatitis in 2019
Noe Vazquez, MD
3:00-3:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
3:30-4:00 pmCoffee Break
4:00-5:00 pmLifestyle Interventions
Venue: Auditorium
Moderator: Ritu Khare, MD & Mohammed al Hadad, MD
Great Debates: Controversies in Digestive Diseases in 2019
Venue: Ballroom B
Moderator: Matthew Kroh, MD & Shiva Kumar, MD
4:00-4:15 pmHealthy Diet and What We Know About It - Dietetics Perspective
Alya Al Showab
Diverticular Disease: Surgery vs Medical Management
Othon Wiltz, MD and Pascale Anglade, MD
4:15-4:30 pmDumping Syndrome: A MDT Approach
Asma Al Nuaimi
Watch or Wait: Pancreatic Cyst
Aydamir Alrakawi, MD and Yasir Akmal, MD
4:30-4:45 pmQ & A PanelDiabetes Treatment: The Pill or the Knife?
John Rodriguez, MD and TBA
4:45:5:00 pmQ & A Panel
TIMEPROGRAM
8:30-8:55 amRegistration
8:55-9:00 amOpening Session
Venue: Auditorium
8:55-9:00 amWelcome Remarks
Matthew Kroh, MD
9:00-11:30 amAll About Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
Moderators: John Rodriguez, MD & Mohammad Jamal, MD
9:00-9:20 amPrimer for the General Practitioner: Pre- and Post-Operative Considerations of Diet, Vitamins, and Medical Management
Mohgah El Sheikh, MD
9:20-9:35 amWhat’s New in Bariatric Surgery
Mohammed Al Hadad, MD
9:35-9:50 amEndoscopic Approaches for Treatment of Metabolic Disease
Matthew Kroh, MD
9:50-10:10 amNew Guidelines for Diabetes Surgery: International Perspective
Matthew Kroh, MD
10:10-10:25 amThe Evolving Role of Bariatric-Metabolic Surgery in Diabesity in Asian-Indians: Clinical & Hormonal Evidence from the Indian Sub-Continent
Suviraj John, MD
10:25-10:40 amWeight Regain after Bariatric Surgery: A Dietician’s Perspective
Ghina Hamaoui, RD
10:40-10:55 amWeight Regain after Bariatric Surgery: Medical Perspective
Matthew Allum, MD
10:55-11:15 amQ & A and Panel
11:15-12:30 pmLunch Break
12:30-2:00 pmCo-Morbid Disease of Obesity
Moderators: Shiva Kumar, MD & Ayesha Ahmed, MD
12:30-12:50 pmFatty Liver Disease and Obesity
Jose Such, MD
12:50-1:10 pmThe Psychological Burden of Obesity
Mario Aoun, PsyD
1:10-1:40 pmObesity and Cardiovascular Disease for the Generalist
Hani Sabbour, MD
1:40-2:00 pmQ & A and Panel
2:00-2:30 pmCoffee Break
2:30-4:00 pmPutting It All Together Comprehensive Care for Our Patients
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Matthew Allum, MD
2:30-2:50 pmMy Personal Journey: Bariatric Surgery and Its Effect on My Life
Guest Speaker
2:50-3:10 pmLifestyle Medicine and Interventions for Diabetes and Obesity
Nicole Sirotin, MD
3:10-3:30 pmThe Emerging Epidemic of Childhood Obesity
Sara Suliman, MD
3:30-3:50 pmDevelopment of Standards for Bariatric Procedures in Abu Dhabi
Shammah AlMemari, MBBS
3:50-4:00 pmQ & A and Panel
Day 1 - Thursday, 25 April
TIMEPROGRAM
8:00-9:00 amRegistration
9:00-9:45 amOpening Session
Venue: Auditorium
9:00-9:15 amWelcome Remarks
Matthew Kroh, MD
9:15-9:45 amKeynote Lecture: Social Media and the Modern Physician
John Rodriguez, MD
9:45-10:30 amCoffee Break and Transition
10:30-1:00 pmNursing and Dietetics Forum
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Dianna Tannous, RD
Updates in Gastroenterology
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD & Mohammad Alam, MD
10:30-10:50 amPreparing for Transplant Service Activation: OR Nursing Experience
Betty Kho
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Evidence Based Updates
Aydamir Alrakawi, MD
10:50-11:10 amRegistered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA): New Opportunities in the Operating Room
Donna Ensor
Non-GI Abdominal and Pelvic Pain: Gynecology Perspective
Jean Uy-Kroh, MD
11:10-11:30 amImmunonutrition in 2019
Adrienne Speedy
Non-invasive Methods for Liver Evaluation of Hepatic fibrosis
Cristobal Moreno, MD
11:30-11:50 amLarge Bowel Perforation During Endoscopy: Therapeutic Options and The Nursing Role
Jon Raymond Rubio, RN & Beata Umugwangwali, RN
Bariatric Surgery for Non-Surgeons
Javed Raza, MD
11:50-12:10 pmAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Jennifer Yeckley
Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: What is New?
Pascale Anglade, MD
12:10-12:30 pmLeadership in Nursing and Career Progression
Abeer AlBlooshi
Role of Probiotics in GI and Liver Disease: What’s the Evidence?
Mohammad Alam, MD
12:30-12:45 pmDiet and the Microbiome
Annelie Shaw, RD
Q & A Panel
12:45-1:00 pmQ & A Panel
1:00-2:00 pmLunch Break
2:00-3:40 pmTraining, Innovation, & Technology 1
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Josh Landreneau, MD
Trending Topics in Foregut Disease
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Khaled Hamdan MD & Amer AlKhatib, MD
2:00-2:20 pmEducation and Research as a Priority at an Academic Medical Center
Bartlomiej Piechowski-Jozwiak, MD
Per Oral Pyloromyotomy for Gastroparesis
John Rodriguez, MD
2:20-2:40 pmInnovation in Healthcare: How Does It Fit in the Mission of Modern Healthcare?
Homero Rivas, MD
POEM for Achalasia
Matthew Kroh, MDn
2:40-3:00 pmSubspecialty Training and Fellowship in a US Medical Centre
John Rodriguez, MD
Botox in the Treatment of Foregut Diseases: What is the Data?
Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
3:00-3:20 pmInvention & Development in a Clinical Surgical Practice
Matthew Kroh, MD
Reflux after Bariatric Surgery
Khaled Hamdan, MD
3:20-3:40 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
3:40-4:00 pmCoffee Break
4:00-5:30 pmVideofest
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Cristobal Moreno, MD & Carlos Abril, MD
All Things Hernia
Venue: Ballroom B
Moderator: Bret Cardwell, MD & Gabriel del Gobbo, MD
4:00-4:15 pmTriple-Modality Endoscopic Management of Bariatric Surgery Complications
Josh Landreneau, MD
Patient Optimization for Hernia Surgery: Best Outcomes
Bret Cardwell, MD
4:15-4:30 pmCombined Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Management of Gastric Perforation after Previous Balloon
Juan Gamboa, MD
Hiatal Hernia Repair: Update on Technique and Mesh
Javed Raza, MD
4:30-4:45 pmMinimally Invasive Vista: Use of Magnetics in Laparoscopic Surgery
Carlos Abril, MD
TAPP vs TEP vs Robotics: What is the State of Inguinal Hernia Surgery
John Rodriguez, MD
4:45-5:00 pmUnusual Finding in the Distal Bile Duct
Javed Raza, MD
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Matthew Kroh, MD
5:00-5:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
Day 2 - Friday, 26 April
TIMEPROGRAM
8:00-8:30 amRegistration
8:25-9:00 amOpening Session
Venue: Auditorium
8:25-8:30 amWelcome Remarks
Matthew Kroh, MD
8:30-9:00 amKeynote Lecture: Liver Transplantation Evolution: My Personal Journey
Antonio Pinna, MD
9:00-10:30 amLiver Diseases and Transplantation
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Shiva Kumar, MD and Charles Miller, MD
Colorectal Surgery
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Othon Wiltz, MD & Fadel Shabeeb, MD
9:00-9:20 amFuture Trends in Living Donor Liver Transplantation – The Less the Better
Koji Hashimoto, MD
Management of Rectal Cancer with Liver Metastasis: Which to Resect First, or Both Together?
Shafik Sidani, MD
9:20-9:40 amLiver Graft Ex Vivo Perfusion – The End of the Ice Age
Cristiano Quintini, MD
Controversies in Surgical Management of Diverticulitis
Lameese Tabaja
9:40-10:00 amRole of MRI in Living Related Liver Transplant
Numan Balci, MD
Solitary Rectal Ulcer Syndrome in the UAE
Othon Wiltz, MD
10:00-10:30 amQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
10:30-11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00-12:00 pmTraining, Innovation, & Technology 2
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: John Rodriguez, MD & Gabriel del Gobbo, MD
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Sara El Ouali, MD & Othon Wiltz, MD
11:00-11:15 amEstablishing a General Surgery Residency Program in the UAE
Yasir Akmal, MD
IBD in the UAE - Epidemiology and UAE Registry
Zaher Koutoubi, MD
11:15-11:30 amNew Frontiers in Training: Updates in Simulation
Gabriel del Gobbo, MD
Advances in Biologic Therapy for IBD
Mohammed Alam, MD
11:30-11:45 amResearch Fellowships: USA perspective
Josh Landreneau, MD
When Do We Operate? Surgical Interventions in IBD
Shafik Sidani, MD
11:45-12:00 pmSocial Media in the Modern Physician’s Practice
Mohammad Jamal, MD
Q & A Panel
12:00-2:00 pmFriday Prayers and Lunch Break
2:00-3:30 pmHealth Implications and Perspectives of Obesity and Diabetes
Venue: Auditorium
Moderator: Matthew Kroh, MD and Mohammed Iqbal, MD
Liver, Pancreatic & Biliary Diseases
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Jose Such, MD and Cristiano Quintini, MD
2:00-2:15 pmImpact on Population Health: Medical and Financial Implications
Mohgah El Sheikh, MD
EUS in GI Malignancies
Aydamir Al Rakawi, MD
2:15-2:30 pmLink Between Diabetes and Obesity
Sara Suliman, MD
Advances in Surgical Treatment of Hepatic Malignancies
Antonio Pinna, MD
2:30-2:45 pmHealthy Microbiome and Obesity
Mourad Kirollos, MD
Minimally Invasive Approaches to Pancreatic Diseases
Yasir Akmal, MD
2:45-3:00 pm Medical Management of Obesity
Sara Suliman, MD
Update on Management of Pancreatitis in 2019
Noe Vazquez, MD
3:00-3:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
3:30-4:00 pmCoffee Break
4:00-5:00 pmLifestyle Interventions
Venue: Auditorium
Moderator: Ritu Khare, MD & Mohammed al Hadad, MD
Great Debates: Controversies in Digestive Diseases in 2019
Venue: Ballroom B
Moderator: Matthew Kroh, MD & Shiva Kumar, MD
4:00-4:15 pmHealthy Diet and What We Know About It - Dietetics Perspective
Alya Al Showab
Diverticular Disease: Surgery vs Medical Management
Othon Wiltz, MD and Pascale Anglade, MD
4:15-4:30 pmDumping Syndrome: A MDT Approach
Asma Al Nuaimi
Watch or Wait: Pancreatic Cyst
Aydamir Alrakawi, MD and Yasir Akmal, MD
4:30-4:45 pmQ & A PanelDiabetes Treatment: The Pill or the Knife?
John Rodriguez, MD and TBA
4:45:5:00 pmQ & A Panel
Day 3 - Saturday, 27 April
TIMEPROGRAM
8:30-8:55 amRegistration
8:55-9:00 amOpening Session
Venue: Auditorium
8:55-9:00 amWelcome Remarks
Matthew Kroh, MD
9:00-11:30 amAll About Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
Moderators: John Rodriguez, MD & Mohammad Jamal, MD
9:00-9:20 amPrimer for the General Practitioner: Pre- and Post-Operative Considerations of Diet, Vitamins, and Medical Management
Mohgah El Sheikh, MD
9:20-9:35 amWhat’s New in Bariatric Surgery
Mohammed Al Hadad, MD
9:35-9:50 amEndoscopic Approaches for Treatment of Metabolic Disease
Matthew Kroh, MD
9:50-10:10 amNew Guidelines for Diabetes Surgery: International Perspective
Matthew Kroh, MD
10:10-10:25 amThe Evolving Role of Bariatric-Metabolic Surgery in Diabesity in Asian-Indians: Clinical & Hormonal Evidence from the Indian Sub-Continent
Suviraj John, MD
10:25-10:40 amWeight Regain after Bariatric Surgery: A Dietician’s Perspective
Ghina Hamaoui, RD
10:40-10:55 amWeight Regain after Bariatric Surgery: Medical Perspective
Matthew Allum, MD
10:55-11:15 amQ & A and Panel
11:15-12:30 pmLunch Break
12:30-2:00 pmCo-Morbid Disease of Obesity
Moderators: Shiva Kumar, MD & Ayesha Ahmed, MD
12:30-12:50 pmFatty Liver Disease and Obesity
Jose Such, MD
12:50-1:10 pmThe Psychological Burden of Obesity
Mario Aoun, PsyD
1:10-1:40 pmObesity and Cardiovascular Disease for the Generalist
Hani Sabbour, MD
1:40-2:00 pmQ & A and Panel
2:00-2:30 pmCoffee Break
2:30-4:00 pmPutting It All Together Comprehensive Care for Our Patients
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Matthew Allum, MD
2:30-2:50 pmMy Personal Journey: Bariatric Surgery and Its Effect on My Life
Guest Speaker
2:50-3:10 pmLifestyle Medicine and Interventions for Diabetes and Obesity
Nicole Sirotin, MD
3:10-3:30 pmThe Emerging Epidemic of Childhood Obesity
Sara Suliman, MD
3:30-3:50 pmDevelopment of Standards for Bariatric Procedures in Abu Dhabi
Shammah AlMemari, MBBS
3:50-4:00 pmQ & A and Panel