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  • 28 Oct 2021 12:27 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce the newly elected Officers and Executive Committee of the 2021 - 2022 ISDE Board of Directors.

    Sheila K. Krishnadath is now the President and has activated participated in ISDE over the years. 

    Also, congratulations to the following members who have been elected:

    • Vice President (2021-2022): Nicholas J. Shaheen
    • Director (2021-2023): Long-Qi Chen
    • Director (2021-2023): Magnus Nilsson
    • Director (2021-2023): Varocha Mahachai
    • Director (2021-2023): Takuji Gotoda

    We are confident they will have a great deal to offer in directing the future of ISDE.

  • 27 Oct 2021 5:20 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)

    Check out the latest DOTE issue for articles on Benign Esophageal and Malignant Esophageal Diseases.

    Myotomy in sigmoid megaesophagus: is it applicable? A systematic review and meta-analysis
    Editor's Choice - Free Article
    Achalasia is a rare esophageal primary motor dysfunction with no cure. The aim of the achalasia therapy is to palliate the symptoms, mainly dysphagia. Its treatment usually focuses on inferior esophageal sphincter disruption, leading to facilitated food transit to the stomach. It can be done by surgical myotomy or endoscopic procedures, such as cardia dilatation or peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). Read the full article.

    Severity of GERD and disease progression
    Editor's Choice - Free Article
    Many factors may play a role in the severity and progression of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) since pathophysiology is multifactorial. Data regarding the progression of GERD are controversial: some reports of increased esophageal acid exposure (EAE) and mucosal damage were considered as evidence for a stable disease course, while others interprete these findings as disease progression. The aim of this study is to analyze a large patient-population with persisting symptoms indicative of GERD under protonpumpinhibitor-therapy and identify components characterizing disease severity and progression. Read the full article.

    See the full table of contents here.


  • 05 Oct 2021 7:03 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)

    As the term has ended for some of our ISDE Board of Directors, we'd like to thank them for their service and contributions to the society. Thank you to Prateek Sharma (Past President), and Directors Manuel Pera and Edoardo Savarino. Their contributions have been invaluable in the continued development of ISDE, and in switching the Congress to a virtual platform in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We thank you for your time and commitment and wish you all the best.


  • 30 Sep 2021 7:52 AM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)


    The International Society for Disease of the Esophagus (ISDE) is pleased to announce the 2022 World Congress for Esophageal Diseases will be held in Tokyo, Japan from September 26-28, 2022.

    In order to serve the esophageal community better the ISDE is working closely with the Japan Esophageal Society (JES), who will be hosting their annual meeting just before the ISDE World Congress at the same venue. The programs for both society meetings will be independent and delegates may choose to attend one meeting or both.

    ISDE President, Prateek Sharma was quoted as saying “Japan is known for their cutting-edge treatments in the field of endoscopy and surgical procedures. This is a great opportunity for members and attendees from around the world and from Japan to observe, learn and share information on the esophagus.

    ISDE Executive Director, Mark Ferguson commented that “the 2022 Congress in Tokyo, Japan marks the 4th time this meeting has been held in this country and honors a longstanding relationship between ISDE and the Japanese Esophageal Society (JES). We anticipate this meeting will have the highest attendance numbers of any of our congresses to date.”

    Additional details will be provided in the next few months.

    We look forward to welcoming you in Tokyo!

  • 29 Sep 2021 8:11 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)

    Check out the latest DOTE issue for articles on Benign Esophageal and Malignant Esophageal Diseases.

    Paraconduit hiatal hernia after esophagectomy. Prevention—indication for surgery - surgical technique

    DOTE Volume 34, Issue 9 | Editor's Choice
    Free Article

    The laparoscopic part of minimal invasive esophagectomy (MIE) and gastric pull-up has become the preferred approach either in hybrid or total MIE. The advantages are well known, however, one shortcoming is the increased rate of postoperative paraconduit hiatal hernias (PHH) leading to enterothorax.

    Exploring the concept of centralization of surgery for benign esophageal diseases: a Delphi based consensus from the European Society for Diseases of the Esophagus

    DOTE Volume 34, Issue 9 | Editor's Choice
    Free Article

    Surgery for benign esophageal diseases may be complex, requiring specialist training, but currently, unlike oncologic surgery, it is not centralized. The aim of the study was to explore the opinion of European surgeons on the centralization of surgery for benign esophageal diseases. A web-based questionnaire, developed through a modified Delphi process, was administered. Read the full article.


    See the full table of contents here.

  • 28 Sep 2021 1:30 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)

    Go through the ISDE 2021 Congress Supplement. Abstracts submitted to the 17th ISDE World Congress for Esophageal Diseases are now available online.

    See the full table of contents here

  • 27 Sep 2021 1:00 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the DOTE Award winners who were recognized during today's DOTE Awards ceremony, at the ISDE World Congress. The Diseases of the Esophagus Journal awards were created in 2018 to recognize outstanding junior faculty members and help promote professional and educational interest in the esophagus and related diseases. Since last year's Congress was cancelled due to Covid-19, the winners were recognized today for both 2020 and 2021. Well done to the following winners and thank you for your support of the Diseases of the Esophagus journal. 


    Best Junior Faculty/Trainee Manuscript Award

    2021 - Evangelos Tagkalos
    University of Mainz, Department of General Surgery and Transplants, Germany

    Evangelos is a Junior Consultant at the University of Mainz. His main interests are esophageal cancer surgery and robotic surgery. The title of his awarded article is: Robot-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy (RAMIE) compared to conventional minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) for esophageal cancer: a propensity-matched analysis.


    2020 - Katrin Schwameis
    University of Vienna/ Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California, Austria/USA

    Katrin is a Consultant at the Vienna School of Medicine Department of General Surgery (Division of Visceral Surgery). She spent two years as a fellow in minimally invasive and foregut surgery at the Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Her main interests are esophageal motility disorders, esophageal functioning testing, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal adenocarcinoma, and  gastroesophageal reflux disease.

    The title of her awarded article is: Clinical outcome after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication in patients with GERD and PPI refractory heartburn.


    Outstanding Junior Faculty Peer Reviewer Award

    2021 - Fredrik Klevebro
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Digestive Diseases, Stockholm, Sweden

    Fredrik Klevebro works at Karolinska Institutet. His main interests are Esophageal and Gastric cancer, Mini-invasive surgery, and Epidemiology.




    2020Joonas Kauppila
    University of Oulu, Finland, Sweden

    Joonas Kauppila, Assistant Professor of Surgery, received his M.D. in 2013 and Ph.D. in 2014 from Oulu, Finland. He became a lecturer in Cancer Biology in 2015, at the age of 27 years, as one of the youngest faculty members in medical sciences ever in Finland. Joonas worked as a Research Fellow at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, from 2016 until 2019.


  • 16 Sep 2021 11:54 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)


    October 12, 2021  13:00-14:30 GMT

    Join a global panel of speakers at a webinar devoted to registries and audits in esophagogastric cancer surgery. The importance of registries in monitoring quality of care is discussed. Furthermore, a series of registries from all around the world are presented with their set-up, results and effect on national or regional outcomes, and the way research is incorporated into these registries. Also, patient reported outcomes and audit-based research is discussed. Registration is free. To find out more details, click here.


  • 30 Aug 2021 6:21 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)

    As part of our ISDE 40th Anniversary celebration, you’ll read in upcoming months about each of the ISDE Congresses. This article summarizes the 15th and 16th ISDE World Congresses.

    The 15th ISDE World Congress was held in Singapore in 2016 (Figure 1) in close conjunction with the Formula 1 autoracing competition (Figure 2). This overlap in events attracted a number of registrants who came for the F-1 race and stayed for the Congress. This was the ISDE’s first meeting in East Asia outside of Japan, and was hailed as a big success. The Congress was presided over by the ISDE President, Prof. Ken Wang (Figure 3). The city provided a very relaxed multicultural experience, as exemplified by the Congress Dinner venue in the Singapore Gardens (Figure 4). Casual exploration of the wide variety of foods and cultures was a frequent pastime of attendees (Figures 5A, 5B).

    The 16th ISDE World Congress took place in Vienna, Austria, in September 2018, with a notable opening ceremony featuring local classical music and dancing (Figure 6), and the venue was the University of Vienna (Figure 7), a venerated institution famous for graduates such as Freud, Mahler, Gödel, Paracelsus, and Schrödinger. The ISDE President was Professor Yuko Kitagawa (Figure 8). The attendance was the largest recorded for an ISDE World Congress (Figure 9), the scientific program was diverse and interesting, and the weather was excellent, permitting outdoor display of the scientific posters (Figure 10). The venue for the gala dinner featured the spectacular Vienna City Hall (Figure 11).

    Figure 1. Singapore skyline.

    Figure 2. Formula 1 race in Singapore in 2016.

    Figure 3. ISDE President, Prof. Ken Wang, opening the 15th World Congress.

    Figure 4. Singapore Gardens.

    Figures 5A and 5B. Trying out ethnic cuisine, including Singapore chili crab.

    Figure 6. Opening ceremony for the 16th World Congress in Vienna, Austria.

    Figure 7. University of Vienna, site of the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 8. Professor Kitagawa, ISDE President during the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 9. Networking during the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 10. Poster viewing during the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 11. The gala dinner in Vienna City Hall.


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