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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS 


1979 - 2004 


 2005 - 2010  


2011~

40 Years of History

Connecting people from around the world to exchange scientific and medical knowledge about the esophagus and ultimately improving patient outcomes, were among the key motivations for starting International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus, and now 40 year’s later we have evolved but our goals remain the same.

Founded by Professor Komei Nakayama in Japan during 1979, the first international congress was held the following year in Tokyo and his welcome letter illustrates our humble beginnings perfectly.


40th Anniversary Celebration Videos

We have complied some reflections of ISDE over the years in a series of videos, click on the image below to watch our 40 Year Anniversary playlist on YouTube. 


Over the Years Photo Gallery

Over the Years Photo Gallery

Let’s Celebrate in 2021

We were looking forward to celebrating 40 years of history at the 17th World Congress in 2020 however it was not meant to be. In-person celebrations have therefore been postponed until we can connect with current and past colleagues on the rescheduled date of August 19 – 21, 2021 in Toronto, Canada.

Affiliated Societies



International  Interdisciplinary  Everything Esophageal


The International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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