Medical and Surgical Approaches to GI Disorders

Registration & Fees

Fees Before July 1 Entire Course 2 Days or less
Physician $745 $375
Other healthcare providers $645 $375

Fees After July 2/On-site Entire Course 2 Days or less
Physician $845 $475
Other healthcare providers $745 $475

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The registration fee, less a $200 administrative charge, is refundable if notice of cancellation is received by Friday, June 14, 2019


The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.

The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim the credit Commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Endorsed by
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The symposium should prepare participants to:

  • review advances in treating disease commonly seen by gastroenterologists and GI surgeons
  • outline practical, evidence-based approaches for diagnosis and management of GI disorders that reflect advances in treatment
  • discuss challenges and controversies in managing the patient with GI disease


The course emphasizes audience participation in informal case-study sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring interesting cases for discussion at breakfast roundtables with the faculty.

Course Schedule

Monday, July 15, 2019 (7:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)
7:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast — Visit with Exhibitors
7:45 Welcome and Introduction to the Conference
8:00 Singing the Vowels of Non-GERD Dysphagia: Achalasia, EOE, IEM, Outflow Obstruction, Etc.
Amol Sharma, MD
8:45 Is There Hope? Successful Dietary, Medical, or Endoscopic Strategies for Obesity
Stephen McClave, MD
9:30 Fixing up the Ghosts of Bariatric Surgery’s Past – Aaron Bolduc, MD
10:15 Break
10:45 NAFLD-NASH: How to Stop the Freight Train to Cirrhosis – Craig McClain, MD, AGAF, FACG, FAASLD, FACN

11:30 Pre-Procedural Anticoagulant & Procoagulant Management on Auto-Pilot - John Erikson Yap, MD
12:15 Fooling Cancer Metabolism or Are We Just Fooling Ourselves? Robert Martindale, MD, PhD
1:00 Review of the Day
1:15 Adjourn

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 (7:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.)
7:00 Breakfast Roundtable with Faculty – Bring interesting case studies for small-group discussions/ Discuss previous day’s lectures
8:00 Are We To One-Size Fits All? Pan-genotypic Drugs for Hepatitis C John Erikson Yap, MD
8:45 Gluten Enteropathy: When It’s Real and How to Deal? – Stephen McClave, MD
9:15 Helicoptering H pylori out of the Stomach in 2019 – Amol Sharma, MD
9:45 Break
10:15 Cirrhosis Co-Management: Preventing Ugly Complications from Rearing their Heads
11:00 Adrenal Lesions: Incidentalomas vs Stuff That Needs to Come Out Aaron Bolduc, MD
11:45- Stop the Weeds: Pathobiome Growing in Your Microbiome Robert Martindale, MD, PhD
12:15 Review of the Day
12:30 Adjourn

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 (7:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.)
7:00 Breakfast Roundtable with Faculty – Bring interesting case studies for small-group discussions/ Discuss previous day’s lectures
8:00 Foreign Bodies: Don’t Tell Me How It Got there, But We Will Get It Out! - Stephen McClave, MD
8:30 Gastroparesis: Thinking In & Out of the Stomach – Amol Sharma, MD
9:00 12 Years of Singing POEMs From the LES to the Pylorus: What Have We Learned?
Joseph Elmunzer, MD
9:45 Break
10:15 When to Close the Open Abdomen: Today-Tomorrow or Never? Robert Martindale, MD, PhD
11:00- Preventing Post-ERCP Pancreatic Disasters in 2019 – Joseph Elmunzer, MD
11:45 Hepatitis B Blitzkrieg: What the Heck to Check, When to Treat Lance Stein, MD
12:15 Review of the Day
12:30 Adjourn

Thursday, July 18, 2019 (7:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.)
7:00 Breakfast Roundtable with Faculty – Bring interesting case studies for small-group discussions/ Discuss previous day’s lectures
8:00 Controlling Inflation: Dealing with Volvulus, Ogilvie’s, Megacolon Amol Sharma, MD
8:30 Controlling Deflation: Surgical Management of the Distended Abdomen Robert Martindale, MD, PhD
9:00 Conflict of Interest and Surgical Care Improvement – Hiram Polk Jr. , MD
9:45 Break
10:15 Important Things to Know When Treating Perianal Crohn’s Disease Susan Galandiuk, MD, FACG
10:45 Biologics in IBD: What to Choose? How Long to Infuse? When do you Lose? Humberto Sifuentes, MD
11:30 Oops, I Goofed! Now Your PEG is Problem – Stephen McClave, MD
12:15 Review of the Day
12:30 Adjourn

Friday, July 20, 2019 (7:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.)
7:00 Breakfast Buffet
7:30 Dangerous Diarrhea: Diagnosing & Dealing with C Diff Humberto Sifuentes, MD
8:15 GIs are Transplant Docs Too: Expanding the Indications for FMT Stephen McClave, MD
9:00 VTE in Elective Surgery – Hiram Polk Jr., MD
9:45 Peristomal Problems; Leave Them Alone or Try to Repair? Robert Martindale, MD, PhD
10:30 Break
11:00 Hemorrhoids, Fistulas, & Fissures: A Gastroenterologist’s Approach to These Pains in the Rear – Amol Sharma, MD
11:45 Changing Trends in Colorectal Surgery – Are We Prepared? Susan Galandiuk, MD, FACG
12:30 Wrap up and Post Test (Online) – Ideas for next year’s conference
1:00 Adjourn

 Course Faculty

Course Director
Amol Sharma, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Course Co-Directors
Robert G. Martindale, MD, PhD, FACS, Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Medical Director for Hospital Nutrition Services, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Stephen A. McClave, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Louisville

Guest Faculty
Susan Galandiuk, MD, FACG, Professor, Department of Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Louisville
B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD, MS, MSPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Endowed Chair, Peter Cotton Endowed Chair for Endoscopic Innovation, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, MUSC
Craig J. McClain, MD, AGAF, FACG, FAASLD, FACN, Professor, Departments of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology; Director, Clinical Trials/Liver Research Program; Chief of Research Affairs, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Associate Vice President for Health Affairs/Research, and Translational Research; University of Louisville
Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD, Ben A. Reid, Sr. Emeritus Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Louisville
Lance L. Stein, MD, Director of Piedmont’s Living Donor Liver Transplant Program

MCG Faculty
Aaron Bolduc, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery: Minimally Invasive and Digestive Diseases Surgery
John Erikson Yap, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
Humberto Sifuentes, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology


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Target Audience

This conference is designed for gastrenterologists, surgeons, PAs, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals who treat GI disorders.


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Comfort Zone

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

Special Needs

The Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilites or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Cancellation Policy

Augusta University is not responsible for any circumstance making it impossible to attend their continuing education courses due to acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder or curtailment of transportation facilities. If Augusta University cancels a continuing education activity you will be refunded your registration fee. Augusta University is not liable for any associated lodging, transportation or additional expenses.

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