DDW News


June 2, 2018

Welcome to DDW® 2018!

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the most comprehensive GI meeting in the world. It features top-tier research and high-quality sessions from four societies, making it the best place for gastroenterologists to find cutting-edge science and clinical updates, according to DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE.


AASLD plenaries highlight clinical applications of liver disease research

AASLD will feature the most innovative research in its two plenary sessions at DDW®, according to AASLD President Ronald J. Sokol, MD, FAASLD. The Basic Science Plenary Session will be held Sunday morning and the Clinical Science Plenary Session will be held Monday morning. Each will offer something for all AASLD members and DDW attendees.


Bariatric endoscopy ‘a big part’ of profession’s future

As obesity continues to strain the nation’s health care system, the promise of minimally invasive weight-loss interventions is drawing more attention. The implications of such therapies are the subject of Saturday’s ASGE Clinical Symposium The Skinny on Bariatric Endoscopy, which will be moderated by Barham K. Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH.


Clinical experts to square off in ‘battle of the heavyweights’

Sponsored by the AGA Institute Clinical Practice Updates Committee, Saturday’s Battle of the Heavyweights: Controversies in Clinical Practice From IBD to NASH session will tackle some of the most puzzling clinical aspects of inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and pancreaticobiliary disease, according to moderator Joseph K. Lim, MD, AGAF.


Dine at one of D.C.’s Michelin-starred restaurants

In addition to being the nation’s political capital, Washington, D.C., is on its way to becoming the nation’s culinary capital. A world-renowned restaurant publication — the Michelin Red Guide — dished out two stars for two D.C. restaurants while honoring 11 restaurants with one-star accolades in 2018.


DDW® implements new photo policy

After lively discussions over the past couple of years, the DDW Council decided to implement a “your data, your choice” photo policy to accommodate diverse audiences and an influx of technology, while respecting presenters’ research. The new policy allows photography and social media postings, while also giving presenters an opportunity to opt out. Previously, photography was strictly prohibited.


Special programming caters to trainees, early career GIs

Physicians who are new to gastroenterology have unique needs when it comes to starting a career in clinical practice or research, according to Avinash Ketwaroo, MD, chair of the AGA Trainee and Early Career Committee. “To address those needs, AGA has developed some very special programming at DDW® that will help trainees and early career GIs give their careers a boost, network with mentors and peers, and review board material,” he said.


SSAT Speaker Spotlight: Andrew Strong, MD

Andrew Stong, MD, will present “Per-Oral Pyloromyotomy (POP) for Medically Refractory Post-Surgical Gastroparesis” during Saturday’s SSAT Residents and Fellows Research Conference and Sunday’s SSAT Presidential Plenary II.