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Medical & Surgical Aspects of Esophageal & Foregut Disorders: Pathophysiology and Treatment


February 4-9, 2016


Ritz-Carlton Kapula
Maui Hawaii

This annual course now in its 32nd year, was originally established by Dr. Tom DeMeester, (a world re‐known expert in diseases of the esophagus and now our Emeritus Director) in the mid 1980’s. It is designed for a small group of interested national and international physicians and surgeons to gather in a classroom environment for an in‐depth review of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and cutting edge therapy for benign as well as malignant diseases of the esophagus and foregut. New research findings are presented as well as new technology, tips and techniques for the education of these physicians. The lectures are designed to encourage discussion on issues that require further clarification. The course is designed to encourage
gastroenterologists and surgeons to work collaboratively and set up swallowing centers to discuss treatment of esophageal disease as well as educate physicians on new technology, treatment updates, and debate the problems of Barrett’s Esophagus.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the  normal function and pathophysiology of the esophageal sphincters and esophageal body
  • Describe and learn to interpret esophageal diagnostic studies including high-resolution manometry, pH and impedance testing, and novel technologies including optical coherence tomography and endomicroscopy
  • Describe the diagnosis and management of GERD, Hiatal Hernia, Barrett’s Esophagus, and Esophageal adenocarcinoma
  • Identify the traditional and novel therapies available for the endoscopic and surgical management of benign esophageal disease
  • Discuss the staging for esophageal cancer and options for neoadjuvant therapy and surgical therapy



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Suggested Travel Dates:

Travel to Hawaii on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Return from Hawaii on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Please contact the Center for Experiential Learning 585-275-7666 with any questions or concerns or require assistance with online registration.

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