2021 Esophageal Symposium

2021 Esophageal Symposium
Friday, November 19, 2021 - 1:00pm - Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 4:30pm

The 2021 Esophageal Conference will provide practitioners with the most recent advances and information that will enhance knowledge, skills, and performance in the evaluation and treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux diseases.

The conference will include various topics including GERD, primary intervention for GERD, achalasia, complex GERD patients, paraesophageal hernias, and Barrett’s esophagus

Jointly Provided By

CommonSpirit Health
Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education

Designed For

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Fellows, and Residents


  • Understand current concepts in pathophysiology of GERD
  • Conceptualize pathophysiology of GERD
  • Understand medical management of GERD
  • Compare and contrast endoscopic and surgical treatment for GERD
  • Define the diagnosis and treatment for achalasia
  • Explain the management of eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Understand management of failed fundoplication patient
  • Delineate complexity of GERD in obese patients
  • Describe the role of screening and risk stratification of Barrett’s Esophagus
  • List options for BE ablation
  • Conceptualize technical aspects of paraesophageal hernias repair


Friday, November 19

12:30 p.m.

12:55 p.m.
Welcome and Day 1 Overview

Sumeet Mittal, MD

Session 1: GERD 2021

Moderator: Ross Bremner, MD

1 p.m.
Modern Definition of GERD

Virender Sharma, MD

1:20 p.m.
Patho-physiology of GERD 

Tom DeMeester, MD

1:40 p.m.
Medical Management of GERD - 2021

Marcelo Vela, MD

2 p.m.
When should we consider intervention?

Philip Katz, MD

2:20 p.m.
Session 1 Q&A

3 p.m.
Break & Visit Exhibits

Session 2: Primary Intervention for GERD

Moderator: Nathaniel Soper, MD

3:30 p.m.
Endoscopic Therapy for GERD

Mankanwal Sachdev, MD

3:50 p.m.
Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation: Next Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Brian Louie, MD

4:10 p.m.
Fundoplication: Still the Gold Standard

Ross Bremner, MD

4:30 p.m.
Session 2 Q&A

5 p.m.

Saturday, November 20

7:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

7:55 a.m.
Welcome and Day 2 Overview

Ross Bremner, MD

Session 3: Achalasia/Potpouri

Moderator: Savio Reddymasu, MBBS

8 a.m.
Presentation and Diagnosis of Achalasia

Raxitkumar Patel, MD

8:15 a.m.
POEM: Techniques and Outcomes 

Amar Thosani, MD

8:30 a.m.
Surgery for Achalasia- Heller Myotomy

Lara Schaheen, MD

8:45 a.m.
Eosinophillic Esophagitis: Presentation, Diagnosis, Management and Clinical Course

Subhash Chandra, MBBS

9:05 a.m.
Session 3 Q&A

9:30 a.m.
Break & Visit Exhibits

Session 4: Complex GERD Patients

Moderator: Brian Louie, MD

10 a.m.
GERD and Obesity: Post Bariatric Surgery

Kevin Potter, MD

10:20 a.m.
Failed Fundoplication: GI Perspective

Philip Katz, MD

10:40 a.m.
Failed Fundoplication - Surgical Perspective

Sumeet Mittal, MD

11 a.m.
Session 4 Q&A

11:30 a.m.
Lunch & Visit Exhibits

Session 5: Paraesophageal Hernias

Moderator: Michael Smith, MD

12:30 p.m.
How I Do It - PEH Repair

Nathaniel Soper, MD

12:50 p.m.
I Drive the Cadillac- Robotic PEH Repair

Samad Hashimi, MD

1:10 p.m.
Controversies of PEH Repair: Mesh, Short Esophagus, Routine Fundoplication, and Pexy

Brian Louie, MD

1:30 p.m.
Session 5 Q&A

2 p.m.
Break & Visit Exhibits

Session 6: Barrett’s Esophagus

Moderator: Philip Katz, MD

2:30 p.m.
Modern Concepts in Barrett’s Esophagus and GERD 

Tom DeMeester, MD

2:50 p.m.
How Should We Screen for BE: Sponge, Balloon, TNE, EGD, or not at all

Savio Reddymasu, MBBS

3:10 p.m.
How Can We Risk Stratify BE Progression

Virender Sharma, MD

3:30 p.m.
Burn, Boil, Freeze, or Cut for BE 

Allon Kahn, MD

3:50 p.m.
Session 6 Q&A

4:30 p.m.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education and CommonSpirit Health. Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education (HSCE) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Physicians: $200
Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses: $100
Fellows, Residents, and Full-Time Students: $0

Creighton University Phoenix Health Science Campus
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Phoenix, AZ 85012
United States