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: Patient-centered Health Care Delivery in 2019
Jeffrey Ponsky, MD
9:45-10:15 amCoffee Break and Transition
10:15-12:30 pmNursing and Dietetics Forum
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Carrie Richardson
Updates in Gastroenterology
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Jeffrey Ponsky, MD & Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
10:15-10:30 amPreparing for Transplant Service Activation: OR Nursing Experience
Betty Kho
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Evidence Based Updates
Aydamir Alrakawi, MD
10:30-10:45 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
10:45-11:00 amMicrobiome and Dietetics
Mariam Hassan
Non-invasive Methods for Liver Evaluation
Cristobal Moreno, MD
11:00-11:15 amImmunonutrition
Adrienne Speedy
Bariatric Surgery for Non-Surgeons
Javed Raza, MD
11:15-11:30 amHow to Do It? Setting Up a Robotic Surgery Program
Jincy Pappy and Yasir Akmal, MD
Gut Failure, Rehabilitation, and Intestinal Transplantation
Abdullah Shatnawei, MD
11:30-11:45 amAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Jennifer Yeckley
Gender Differences in Functional GI Disorders: What the Clinician Needs to Know
Pascale Anglade, MD
11:45-12:00 pmLeadership in Nursing and Career Progression
Abeer AlBlooshi
Training Paradigms in GI: Fellowship Programs and Beyond in 2019
Amer Alkhatib, MD
12:00-12:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
12:30-2:00 pmLunch Break
2:00-3:30 pmLiver Diseases and Transplantation
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Shiva Kumar, MD & Antonio Pinna, MD
Trending Topics in Foregut Disease
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Osama Yousef, MD & Khaled Hamdan, MD
2:00-2:15 pmLiving Donor Liver Transplant: State of the Art in 2019
Antonio Pinna, MD
Botox in the Treatment of Foregut Diseases: What is the Data?
Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
2:15-2:30 pmNon-invasive Estimation of Hepatic Fibrosis: Current Status and Future Directions
Noe Vasquez, MD
POEM for Achalasia
Matthew Kroh, MD
2:30-2:45 pmHepatitis C and Liver Transplantation in the Ear of Direct Acting Anti-Viral Agents
Mohammed Al Zaabi, MD
Updates on Reflux Diseases - Medications, Endoluminal Treatments
Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
2:45-3:00 pmPortal Hypertension in Patients with Cirrhosis: Update on Consensus Guidelines
Shiva Kumar, MD
Per Oral Pyloromyotomy for Gastroparesis
John Rodriguez, MD
3:00-3:15 pmRole of MRI in Living Donor Liver Transplant Evaluation
Numan Balci, MD
Stent Management for Benign Foregut Disorders
Aydamir Al Rakawi, MD
3:15-3:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
3:30-4:00 pmCoffee Break
4:00-5:30 pmVideofest
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Gabriel del Gobbo, MD & Hussain Ali, MD
All Things Hernia
Venue: Ballroom B
Moderator: Bret Cardwell, MD
4:00-4:15 pmTriple-Modality Endoscopic Management of Bariatric Surgery Complications
Matthew Kroh, 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 pmUnusual Finding in the Distal Bile Duct
Javed Raza, MD
Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair: Tips and Tricks
John Rodriguez, MD
4:45-5:00 pmMinimally Invasive Vista: Use of Magnetics in Laparoscopic Surgery
Carlos Abril, 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: Social Media and Medicine in 2019
Philip Schauer, MD
9:00-10:30 amEducation/ Technology 1
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Hussain Ali, MD
Colorectal Surgery
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Othon Wiltz, MD & Fadel Madi, MD
9:00-9:15 amCareer Advancement in Nursing in 2019
Abeer Al Blooshi
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Colorectal Surgery
Shafik Sidani, MD
9:15-9:30 amNew Frontiers in Training: Updates in Simulation
Gabriel del Gobbo, MD
Surgery for Rectal Cancer: What is the Best Approach?
Scott Steele, MD
9:30-9:45 amResearch Fellowships: UAE Perspective
Juan Gamboa, MD
Robotic Colorectal Surgery Update
Othon Wiltz, MD
9:45-10:00 amResearch Fellowships: USA Perspective
Josh Landreneau, MD
Hereditary Colorectal Cancer in the Middle East
Samar Alhomoud, MD
10:00-10:30 amQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
10:30-11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00-12:00 pmEducation/ Technology 2
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Javed Raza, MD & Gabriel del Gobbo
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Scott Steele, MD & Mohammed Alam, MD
11:00-11:15 amEducation and Research as a Priority at an Academic Medical Center
Murat Tuzcu, MD
IBD in the UAE - Epidemiology and UAE Registry
Zaher Koutoubi, MD
11:15-11:30 amInnovation in Healthcare: How Does It Fit in the Mission of Modern Healthcare?
Homero Rivas, MD
Updates in IBD Management
Jeffrey Ponsky, MD
11:30-11:45 amEstablishing a General Surgery Residency Program in the UAE
Yasir Akmal, MD
When Do We Operate? Surgical Interventions in IBD
Shafik Sidani, MD
11:45-12:00 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
12:00-2:30 pmFriday Prayers and Lunch Break
2:30-4:00 pmHealth Implications and Perspectives of Obesity and Diabetes
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Mohammed Iqbal, MD
Liver, Pancreatic & Biliary Diseases
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Shiva Kumar, MD and Rafal Badri, MD
2:30-2:45 pmImpact on Population Health: Medical and Financial Implications
Mohgah El Sheikh, MD
Pancreatico-biliary Endoscopy
Aydamir Al Rakawi, MD
2:45-3:00 pm Link Between Diabetes and Obesity
Sara Suleiman, MD
Advances in Surgical Treatment of Hepatic Malignancies
Antonio Pinna, MD
3:00-3:15 pmEvaluation of the Obese Patient
Rahat Ghazanfar, MD
Minimally Invasive Approaches to Pancreatic Diseases
Yasir Akmal, MD
3:15-3:30 pmMedical Management of Obesity
Ebaa AlOzairi, MD
Update on Management of Pancreatitis in 2019
Amer Alkhatib, MD
3:30-4:00 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
4:00-4:30 pmCoffee Break
4:30-5:30 pmLifestyle Interventions
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Mohammed al Hadad, MD & Ritu Khare, MD
Great Debates: Controversies in Digestive Diseases in 2019
Venue: Ballroom B
Moderator: Matthew Kroh, MD
4:30-4:45 pmHealthy Diet and What we Know About it - Dietetics Perspective
Alya Al Shawab
Diverticular Disease: Surgery vs Medical Management
Othon Wiltz, MD and Aydamir Alrakawi, MD
4:45:5:00 pmHealthy Shopping and Cooking - A Chef’s Approach
Patrick Bischoff
Watch or Wait: Pancreatic Cyst
Amer Alkhatib, MD and Yasir Akmal, MD
5:00-5:15 pmDumping Syndrome: A MDT Approach
Asma Al Nuaimi
Diabetes Treatment: The Pill or the Knife?
Philip Schauer, MD and Bartolome Burguera, MD
5:15-5:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & 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: Javed Raza, MD & Sahar Hindi, 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
Philip Schauer, MD
10:10-10:25 amWeight Regain after Bariatric Surgery: A Dietician’s Perspective
Lamis Elderbi, RD
10:25-10:40 amWeight Regain after Bariatric Surgery: Medical Perspective
Matthew Allum, MD
10:40-11:00 amQ & A and Panel
11:00-12:30 pmLunch Break
12:30-3:00 pmCo-Morbid Disease of Obesity
Moderators: Philip Schauer, MD & Ayesha Ahmed, MD
1:00-1:20 pmWeight Centric Approach to Diabetes Management
Bartolome Burguera, MD
1:20-1:40 pmFatty Liver Disease and Obesity
Jose Such, MD
1:40-2:00 pmThe Psychological Burden of Obesity
Mario Aoun, PsyD
2:00-2:30 pmObesity and Cardiovascular Disease for the Generalist
Hani Sabbour, MD
2:30-3:00 pmQ & A and Panel
3:00-3:30 pmCoffee Break
3:30-5:00 pmPutting It All Together Comprehensive Care for Our Patients
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Matthew Allum, MD
3:30-3:45 pmMy Personal Journey: Bariatric Surgery and Its Effect on My Life
TBA
3:45-4:00 pmLifestyle Medicine and Interventions for Diabetes and Obesity
Nicole Sirotin, MD
4:00-4:15 pmThe Emerging Epidemic of Childhood Obesity
Sara Suleiman, MD
4:15-4:30 pmImproving Access through Department of Health Initiatives
Shamma Al Memari, MD
4:30-5:00 pmQ & A and Panel
Day 1 - 25 April 2019
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: Patient-centered Health Care Delivery in 2019
Jeffrey Ponsky, MD
9:45-10:15 amCoffee Break and Transition
10:15-12:30 pmNursing and Dietetics Forum
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Carrie Richardson
Updates in Gastroenterology
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Jeffrey Ponsky, MD & Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
10:15-10:30 amPreparing for Transplant Service Activation: OR Nursing Experience
Betty Kho
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Evidence Based Updates
Aydamir Alrakawi, MD
10:30-10:45 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
10:45-11:00 amMicrobiome and Dietetics
Mariam Hassan
Non-invasive Methods for Liver Evaluation
Cristobal Moreno, MD
11:00-11:15 amImmunonutrition
Adrienne Speedy
Bariatric Surgery for Non-Surgeons
Javed Raza, MD
11:15-11:30 amHow to Do It? Setting Up a Robotic Surgery Program
Jincy Pappy and Yasir Akmal, MD
Gut Failure, Rehabilitation, and Intestinal Transplantation
Abdullah Shatnawei, MD
11:30-11:45 amAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Jennifer Yeckley
Gender Differences in Functional GI Disorders: What the Clinician Needs to Know
Pascale Anglade, MD
11:45-12:00 pmLeadership in Nursing and Career Progression
Abeer AlBlooshi
Training Paradigms in GI: Fellowship Programs and Beyond in 2019
Amer Alkhatib, MD
12:00-12:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
12:30-2:00 pmLunch Break
2:00-3:30 pmLiver Diseases and Transplantation
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Shiva Kumar, MD & Antonio Pinna, MD
Trending Topics in Foregut Disease
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Osama Yousef, MD & Khaled Hamdan, MD
2:00-2:15 pmLiving Donor Liver Transplant: State of the Art in 2019
Antonio Pinna, MD
Botox in the Treatment of Foregut Diseases: What is the Data?
Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
2:15-2:30 pmNon-invasive Estimation of Hepatic Fibrosis: Current Status and Future Directions
Noe Vasquez, MD
POEM for Achalasia
Matthew Kroh, MD
2:30-2:45 pmHepatitis C and Liver Transplantation in the Ear of Direct Acting Anti-Viral Agents
Mohammed Al Zaabi, MD
Updates on Reflux Diseases - Medications, Endoluminal Treatments
Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
2:45-3:00 pmPortal Hypertension in Patients with Cirrhosis: Update on Consensus Guidelines
Shiva Kumar, MD
Per Oral Pyloromyotomy for Gastroparesis
John Rodriguez, MD
3:00-3:15 pmRole of MRI in Living Donor Liver Transplant Evaluation
Numan Balci, MD
Stent Management for Benign Foregut Disorders
Aydamir Al Rakawi, MD
3:15-3:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
3:30-4:00 pmCoffee Break
4:00-5:30 pmVideofest
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Gabriel del Gobbo, MD & Hussain Ali, MD
All Things Hernia
Venue: Ballroom B
Moderator: Bret Cardwell, MD
4:00-4:15 pmTriple-Modality Endoscopic Management of Bariatric Surgery Complications
Matthew Kroh, 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 pmUnusual Finding in the Distal Bile Duct
Javed Raza, MD
Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair: Tips and Tricks
John Rodriguez, MD
4:45-5:00 pmMinimally Invasive Vista: Use of Magnetics in Laparoscopic Surgery
Carlos Abril, MD
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Matthew Kroh, MD
5:00-5:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
Day 2 - 26 April 2019
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: Social Media and Medicine in 2019
Philip Schauer, MD
9:00-10:30 amEducation/ Technology 1
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Hussain Ali, MD
Colorectal Surgery
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Othon Wiltz, MD & Fadel Madi, MD
9:00-9:15 amCareer Advancement in Nursing in 2019
Abeer Al Blooshi
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Colorectal Surgery
Shafik Sidani, MD
9:15-9:30 amNew Frontiers in Training: Updates in Simulation
Gabriel del Gobbo, MD
Surgery for Rectal Cancer: What is the Best Approach?
Scott Steele, MD
9:30-9:45 amResearch Fellowships: UAE Perspective
Juan Gamboa, MD
Robotic Colorectal Surgery Update
Othon Wiltz, MD
9:45-10:00 amResearch Fellowships: USA Perspective
Josh Landreneau, MD
Hereditary Colorectal Cancer in the Middle East
Samar Alhomoud, MD
10:00-10:30 amQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
10:30-11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00-12:00 pmEducation/ Technology 2
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Javed Raza, MD & Gabriel del Gobbo
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Scott Steele, MD & Mohammed Alam, MD
11:00-11:15 amEducation and Research as a Priority at an Academic Medical Center
Murat Tuzcu, MD
IBD in the UAE - Epidemiology and UAE Registry
Zaher Koutoubi, MD
11:15-11:30 amInnovation in Healthcare: How Does It Fit in the Mission of Modern Healthcare?
Homero Rivas, MD
Updates in IBD Management
Jeffrey Ponsky, MD
11:30-11:45 amEstablishing a General Surgery Residency Program in the UAE
Yasir Akmal, MD
When Do We Operate? Surgical Interventions in IBD
Shafik Sidani, MD
11:45-12:00 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
12:00-2:30 pmFriday Prayers and Lunch Break
2:30-4:00 pmHealth Implications and Perspectives of Obesity and Diabetes
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Mohammed Iqbal, MD
Liver, Pancreatic & Biliary Diseases
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Shiva Kumar, MD and Rafal Badri, MD
2:30-2:45 pmImpact on Population Health: Medical and Financial Implications
Mohgah El Sheikh, MD
Pancreatico-biliary Endoscopy
Aydamir Al Rakawi, MD
2:45-3:00 pm Link Between Diabetes and Obesity
Sara Suleiman, MD
Advances in Surgical Treatment of Hepatic Malignancies
Antonio Pinna, MD
3:00-3:15 pmEvaluation of the Obese Patient
Rahat Ghazanfar, MD
Minimally Invasive Approaches to Pancreatic Diseases
Yasir Akmal, MD
3:15-3:30 pmMedical Management of Obesity
Ebaa AlOzairi, MD
Update on Management of Pancreatitis in 2019
Amer Alkhatib, MD
3:30-4:00 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
4:00-4:30 pmCoffee Break
4:30-5:30 pmLifestyle Interventions
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Mohammed al Hadad, MD & Ritu Khare, MD
Great Debates: Controversies in Digestive Diseases in 2019
Venue: Ballroom B
Moderator: Matthew Kroh, MD
4:30-4:45 pmHealthy Diet and What we Know About it - Dietetics Perspective
Alya Al Shawab
Diverticular Disease: Surgery vs Medical Management
Othon Wiltz, MD and Aydamir Alrakawi, MD
4:45:5:00 pmHealthy Shopping and Cooking - A Chef’s Approach
Patrick Bischoff
Watch or Wait: Pancreatic Cyst
Amer Alkhatib, MD and Yasir Akmal, MD
5:00-5:15 pmDumping Syndrome: A MDT Approach
Asma Al Nuaimi
Diabetes Treatment: The Pill or the Knife?
Philip Schauer, MD and Bartolome Burguera, MD
5:15-5:30 pmQ & A PanelQ & A Panel
Day 3 - 27 April 2019
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: Javed Raza, MD & Sahar Hindi, 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
Philip Schauer, MD
10:10-10:25 amWeight Regain after Bariatric Surgery: A Dietician’s Perspective
Lamis Elderbi, RD
10:25-10:40 amWeight Regain after Bariatric Surgery: Medical Perspective
Matthew Allum, MD
10:40-11:00 amQ & A and Panel
11:00-12:30 pmLunch Break
12:30-3:00 pmCo-Morbid Disease of Obesity
Moderators: Philip Schauer, MD & Ayesha Ahmed, MD
1:00-1:20 pmWeight Centric Approach to Diabetes Management
Bartolome Burguera, MD
1:20-1:40 pmFatty Liver Disease and Obesity
Jose Such, MD
1:40-2:00 pmThe Psychological Burden of Obesity
Mario Aoun, PsyD
2:00-2:30 pmObesity and Cardiovascular Disease for the Generalist
Hani Sabbour, MD
2:30-3:00 pmQ & A and Panel
3:00-3:30 pmCoffee Break
3:30-5:00 pmPutting It All Together Comprehensive Care for Our Patients
Moderators: Matthew Kroh, MD & Matthew Allum, MD
3:30-3:45 pmMy Personal Journey: Bariatric Surgery and Its Effect on My Life
TBA
3:45-4:00 pmLifestyle Medicine and Interventions for Diabetes and Obesity
Nicole Sirotin, MD
4:00-4:15 pmThe Emerging Epidemic of Childhood Obesity
Sara Suleiman, MD
4:15-4:30 pmImproving Access through Department of Health Initiatives
Shamma Al Memari, MD
4:30-5:00 pmQ & A and Panel