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  • 17 Oct 2019 10:22 PM | Anonymous

    Listen to ISDE President, Prateek Sharma, discuss our latest achievements in the September/October Esophagram.

  • 17 Oct 2019 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    The expert roundtable discussion on the management of Barrett’s Esophagusis now available online, presented in three episodes covering screening and diagnosis, assessment, and endoscopic therapy.

    Listen to an open dialogue between multi-disciplinary specialists and leaders in the field, recorded during the 16th World Congress for Esophageal Diseases in Vienna, Austria.

    International Panelists:

    • Vani Konda, Baylor University Medical Center, USA
    • Gary Falk, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Philadelphia, USA
    • Prateek Sharma, University of Kansas School of Medicine and VA Medical Center, USA
    • Peter Siersema, Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands
    • Kenneth Wang, Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA

    Episode 1 on Screening and Diagnosis for Barrett's Esophagus is now available!

  • 17 Oct 2019 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    On behalf of the ISDE, Diseases of the Esophagus invites you to read the ISDE presidential biography of Joerg Ruediger Siewert written by Arnulf Hoelscher.

    These biographies are being published as part of the celebration for the 40th anniversary of the first ISDE Congress during the upcoming 2020 ISDE Congress in Toronto. We hope you find the series an informative look at the history of the ISDE over the past 40 years.

    Giovanni Zaninotto and Neil Gupta
    Editors in Chief, Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE)

    by Arnulf Hoelscher

    J R Siewert’s clinical focus was oncological surgery, especially of the upper gastrointestinal tract but also functional, benign diseases of the esophagus and stomach. These were also the main subjects of his clinical research: refinements of the technique for esophageal and gastric surgery, prognostic factors of esophageal and gastric cancer, neoadjuvant therapy, and response prediction. The classification of adenocarcinomas of the esophagogastric junction in Type I, II, and III is combined with his name.

    Read his full biography in Diseases of the Esophagus.

  • 13 Sep 2019 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    by Hideaki Shimada

    Dr. Kiyoshi Inokuchi can be considered a pioneer among Japanese surgeons with his development and modification of a number of techniques related to esophageal varices, vascular surgery, and surgical oncology.

    Dr. Inokuchi played an important role in the establishment of the ISDE. He became first vice-President of ISDE in 1984, and President in 1986.

    Find out more about Dr. Inokuchi's profile and research in his presidential biography.

  • 30 Aug 2019 6:20 AM | Anonymous

    ESDE 2019 Congress President Theodore Liakakos invites you to attend this year's ESDE Annual Meeting in Athens, Greece on November 20-22, 2019.

    The goal of this meeting is to present advances in the field of esophageal diseases and the scientific program features a range of multidisciplinary topics including:

    Two (2) Pre-Courses

    • Surgical course – live videos (MIE-abdominal, MIE-thoracic, Robotics)
    • Endoscopy-hands on

    The “Christophe Mariette” Lecture on Multimodality Treatment in esophageal cancer

    Hot topics

    • Is esophageal cancer the next malignancy that should be considered for screening: what is the evidence
    • New technology, AI and robotics in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
    • Robotic esophageal surgery: State-of-the-art
    • Results from the International Oesophagogastric Anastomosis Audit (OGAA)
    • Immunotherapy: a panacea for the future?

    Main topics

    • Staging in esophageal cancer: Where are we heading
    • Barrett’s esophagus
    • GERD – Refractory GERD
    • Optimizing outcomes in multimodality treatment of esophageal cancer
    • Surgical strategies for esophageal cancer
    • Joint session with IGCA
    • Facing Achalasia
    • Difficult cases and a step forward?
    • Paraesophageal hernias
    • Complications post esophagectomy

    Challenging cases

    • Management of refractory esophageal strictures
    • Boerhaave syndrome
    • Hiatal hernia with motility disorders
    • Esophageal foreign bodies
    • Eosinophilic esophagitis

    The Preliminary Scientific Program can be found online.

    See here for the list of confirmed Invited Speakers.

    Reduced registration fees are available to ESDE Members

  • 30 Aug 2019 5:49 AM | Anonymous

    The ISDE was pleasantly surprised to be the recipient of a Facebook Fundraiser initiated by Shania Singleton in the USA earlier this year.
    Shania chose the society because the ISDE mission meant a lot to her and 100% of the proceeds will be put into the ISDE Reserve Fund.

    Patients, friends and families can be great ambassadors for our profession and are happy to show this in a number of ways including fundraising. Facebook fundraisers are easy to setup and individuals can select a non-profit organization like ISDE to receive donations directly.

    Next time a patient or someone they know asks you what they can do to raise awareness and support, we hope you will consider telling them about this.

  • 29 Aug 2019 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to Christophe Faure, MD, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montréal, Canada for submitting this meeting review.

    Esophageal atresia (EA) is among the most common congenital digestive malformations, affecting 1 in 3,000 infants at birth. Since the first successful primary repair of esophageal atresia (EA) in 1941, improvements in operative and perioperative care have led to a 90 to 95% survival rate, and thus leading to an evolvement from mortality to long-term morbidity and quality-of-life issues. EA is no longer just a neonatal surgical problem but rather a lifelong problem. It appears that respiratory, nutritional, and gastroenterological issues are the most prevalent health issues in the first years of life and also in adolescence and adulthood.

    The International Network of Esophageal Atresia (INoEA) was founded in 2013 and is devoted to put together all people interested and involved in the care of patients with EA from birth to adulthood.

    More than 200 participants from all over the world attended the conference.

    From June 24-28, 2019, the fifth International Conference on Esophageal Atresia took place in Rome, Italy, hosted and organized by the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital under the auspices of the INoEA – in collaboration with the federation of Esophageal Atresia and Trachea-esophageal fistula support groups (EAT) and the Italian Association of Families with Esophageal Atresia (FATE).

    This meeting was organized according to a model of conference based specifically on disease, bringing together all disciplines and specialities all linked together by their common interest and expertise in treating EA with an important participation of parents and patients support groups.

    There were over 120 scientific abstracts submitted. Similar to previous conferences, all the categories of people involved in the care of EA patients were represented; neonatologists, pediatricians, surgeons, gastroenterologists, otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, intensivists, nurses, dieticians, speech pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, parents of patients, and children and adults with EA. The scientific program covered the entire spectrum of disease. Conferences and sessions by world’s experts were given on recurrent tracheo-esophageal fistula, laryngo-tracheal cleft, esophageal motility disorders and GER in EA, long gap EA management, tissue engineering, building networks, transition to adult with special interest to Barrett’s esophagus and cancer surveillance, and anastomotic stricture management. The INoEA consensus guidelines on the management of respiratory and ENT complications in children with EA were presented. Lunches with the experts with exciting clinical discussions took place on associated oral/head malformations, how to build an aero-digestive team, the thoracoscopic approach in EA, eosinophilic esophagitis. Research papers were orally presented by attendees during special sessions with exciting discussions.

    Abstracts from this meeting were published in Volume 32, Issue Supplement_1 in the Journal for Diseases of the Esophagus.

    The success of the event confirms one more time the importance of adopting a multidisciplinary approach and creating links between not only pediatric and adult medicine but also with parent support groups.

    We look forward to the next Sixth International conference on EA which will be held in Cincinnati, USA in 2022 where new advancements and innovations in the field will be presented.


    The International Network of Esophageal Atresia (INoEA) is a valued Associated Society of ISDE. Due to this special partnership, abstracts presented at the meeting were published as a supplement of the ISDE society journal Diseases of the Esophagus, and are accessible to ISDE Members and DOTE subscribers.

  • 01 Aug 2019 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    The ISDE 2020 program committee prepared a highly engaging program including experts video sessions, mini-debates, pro-con sessions, case presentations and panel discussions, encouraging an active participation from the audience. The program will feature the following topics:

    • Management of Early Esophageal Cancer
    • Plenary Video Session on a How I Do It Theme - Endoscopic & Surgical Topics
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux
    • Barrett’s Esophagus - Screening and Surveillance
    • Barrett’s Esophagus – Endoscopic and Surgical Therapy
    • Surgical Techniques in Esophageal Cancer
    • Complications of Surgical and Endoscopic Interventions for Esophageal Disease
    • Staging, Workup and Decision Making for Locally Advanced Esophageal Cancer
    • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
    • Treatment of Locally Advanced Esophageal Cancer - Neoadjuvant Therapy
    • Esophageal Motility Disorders (Non-achalasia)
    • Other Topics in Advanced Esophageal Cancer
    • Large Hiatus Hernia / Paraesophageal Hernia
    • Management of Esophageal Emergencies (Encourage Videos)
    • Optimizing Outcomes for Esophageal Cancer - the Surgical Encounter – Winning at Both Ends?
    • Achalasia

    Join us in Toronto, Canada from September 20-23, 2020

  • 29 Jul 2019 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    The ISDE was pleased to endorse the 26th Congress of Oesophagogastic Surgery held this past June 6-7, 2019 in Bilbao, Spain. Magnus Nilsson, President of the European Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ESDE), attended the meeting and together with Manuel Pera shared information about ESDE and ISDE to the Spanish oesophagogastic surgery community. We are pleased to share meeting highlights from Dr. Ismael Diez del Val, President of the Organizing Committee in a thank you letter we received this month.

  • 26 Jul 2019 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    On July 6th, 2019, the 11th West China Forum on Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery and ISDE China Highlights 2019, held by West China Hospital and Sichuan International Medical Exchange & Promotion Association (SCIMEA), and kindly endorsed by International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE), just came to a successful close. Nearly 600 delegates participated in the conference and exchanged insights about cutting-edge issues, as well as hot topics in thoracic surgery, including esophageal diseases.

    During the conference, Prof. Ferguson introduced the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus and reviewed recent developments and highlights of the society. Experts from different medical centers also shared the experience on minimally invasive surgery in esophageal diseases in China and had an in-depth discussion about chemoradiotherapy for esophageal cancer. Additionally, other topics including early oral feeding, influences of BMI and weight loss on prognosis after esophagectomy, inflated mediastinoscopy combined with laparoscopic esophagectomy for cancer also raised continuous discussion among participants.

    On the occasion of this conference, the inaugural ceremony of the Specialized Committee for Esophageal Diseases of Sichuan International Medical Exchange & Promotion Association was held. Professor Long-Qi Chen, Director of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, was elected as the first chairman.

    The West China Forum on Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery has been successfully held 11 times since 2007, pushing innovative achievements in the field of minimally invasive surgery to the whole country, including minimally invasive techniques for the diseases of the esophagus. It has been widely recognized that the forum has become one of the most influential events in the field of thoracic surgery in China.

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