Catch up on the best of DDW® 2018 and make plans to celebrate DDW’s 50th anniversary in 2019

Digestive Disease Week® 2018 was one for the books. More than 14,000 GI professionals gathered in Washington, D.C., for the world’s premier GI meeting. The four-day conference featured 4,110 posters, 981 presentations by invited speakers and 1,100 oral abstracts.
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Reminders for DDW® 2018

Welcome to Washington, D.C. and Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018! Read on to learn information you’ll need to make your first day go smoothly.
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DDW Tracks: Functional GI and Motility Disorders

Discover how DDW Tracks can help you find sessions of interest with topic areas like Function GI and Motility Disorders.
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DDW® 2018 features enhanced attendee resources

Meeting planners have made it easier than ever for attendees to navigate Digestive Disease Week®, which will be held June 2-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, highlights some of the new meeting's new features.
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2018 DDW TechConnect Demo Schedule

Stop by the tech desk to inquire about all of DDW’s digital platforms, including the DDW Mobile App, social media channels, ePosters and DDW On Demand online access. Staff will provide hands-on help for all your tech needs. You can also pick up social media swag...
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Making the Most of Your DDW® Experience

Written By: Lea Ann Chen, MD It’s that time of the year again: Digestive Disease Week (DDW®)! This event evolved out of the AGA annual meetings and was first advertised as DDW in the January 1969 issue of Gastroenterology. Since that time, it has grown into a truly...
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Plan Your DDW® with the Mobile App and Planner

Take advantage of resources that will help attendees navigate the 2018 meeting's science, exhibitors and DDW events from your mobile devices.
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Attend the DDW Diversity Symposium and Reception

Attend a special event to celebrate and promote diversity in GI.
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Stay Connected

Stay connected through the DDW's social media sites.
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Cool Off During DDW® 2018 with These D.C. Waterfront Activities

Splash around Washington, D.C.'s waterfront areas to stay cool during your DDW® 2018 downtime.
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Experts will review pancreatic duct endotherapy

Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, will co-moderate Monday’s ASGE Clinical Symposium Pancreatic Duct Endotherapy: Caution or Full Steam Ahead, which will review the current science and best practices for endotherapy in pancreatitis treatment.

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Lecturer advocates for volunteerism, leads by example

If you were asked to make a list of words describing a surgeon, you may include words like skilled and intelligent. But odds are the word “altruistic” didn’t make your list, and American Board of Surgery Executive Director Jo Buyske, MD, FACS, thinks that’s a shame. Her SSAT Maja and Frank G. Moody State-of-the-Art Lecture on Monday will challenge surgeons to leverage their skills to give back.

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Better communication can improve provider-patient relationships

Clinicians who want to improve treatment for IBS and IBD have a simple charge: Improve their patient communication skills. That was the key message from Douglas Drossman, MD, during Saturday’s AGA Postgraduate Course Luncheon Breakout Session Maximizing the Patient-Provider Relationship Using Effective Communication Skills for IBD and/or IBS.

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Special session and reception will highlight strategies to promote diversity in GI, address health care disparities

Diversity issues among gastroenterologists, hepatologists and surgeons as they relate to academia and various clinical practice settings are the subject of the Sunday afternoon session Ensuring Diversity in Gastroenterology: Practical Approaches for GI Societies, Institutions and Practices. “Diverse organizations ensure a broad range of perspectives and skills that stem from the experiences of individuals that make up organizations,” said AGA Diversity Committee Chair Rotonya Carr, MD.

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Brush up on EUS basics at Sunday symposium

The goal of Sunday morning’s ASGE Clinical Symposium EUS: Doing the Basics Better is to offer a solid foundational outline of the spectrum of endoscopic ultrasound applications for people who are new to the technology, according to Ferga Gleeson, MD, FASGE, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

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SSAT Poster Spotlight: Kristen Seiler, MD

Kristen Seiler, MD, provides insight behind her poster “Induced Endodermal Progenitor Cells Assume Epithelial Gene Expression Profiles when Cultured on Acellular Intestinal Scaffolds without the Addition of Exogenous Growth Factors” (Su1300), which she will present Sunday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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AASLD Attendee Spotlight: Elizabeth (Lizzie) Aby, MD

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Aby, MD, shares her favorite aspects of DDW® and digestive disease research, which speaker she would most like to have coffee with, and what she plans to do after the meeting when she returns home to Los Angeles, CA.

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DDW® awards basic science grants to young researchers

DDW® has awarded 20 Basic Science Travel Awards to young researchers for the third year in a row. The researchers, including Banrida Wahlang, PhD, who were selected to win a $1,000 travel grant from a pool of more than 250 applicants, will be featured in Saturday afternoon’s DDW Clinical Symposium Basic Science Quick Shots.

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Reminders for DDW® 2018

Welcome to Washington, D.C. and Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018! Read on to learn information you’ll need to make your first day go smoothly.

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Basic Science at DDW® 2018

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is excited to congratulate the recipients of the DDW Basic Science Travel Awards. Twenty basic scientists were selected from a pool of applicants to receive a $1,000 travel grant to attend DDW 2018. Expert members of DDW’s sponsoring...

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DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE, discusses four notable abstracts from DDW 2018

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