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Dear Delegates, Faculty, and Partners,

On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committee, I am pleased to invite you to the Emirates Digestive Diseases Week International Conference (EDDW2020). Building on success from previous years, we are delighted to bring to you innovations in advanced endoscopy. EDDW2020 theme this year features Masterclass in Innovative Endoscopy, GI Simulation and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

Polyp and lesion recognition is an ever growing concern for all practicing gastroenterologists as early diagnosis naturally results in better prognosis and patient outcomes. With smart technology such as artificial intelligence and machine learning systems, the scope of diagnostics in the field of endoscopy has opened up new horizons. Similarly the field of therapeutics in IBD is expanding rapidly with new compounds being developed and introduced in market as the prevalence of this debilitating disease increases worldwide.

For our more junior physicians, residents in training and medical students, we have devised special workshops on GI simulation with hands-on experience using our latest GI Endoscopy Simulators that will be shown in the conference. The nursing program is equally rich as always and will cater to the pressing practice-relevant needs of the GI endoscopy nurses in the country.

In addition to our esteemed local faculty and session chairs, the congress faculty features internationally recognized experts in advanced endoscopy: Professor Alessandro Repici, Director of Digestive Endoscopy Unit at Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan, Italy and Professor Pradeep Bhandari, Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Solent Centre for Digestive Diseases, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

For the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases component of our conference, we are delighted to have Professor James Lindsay who is world renowned figure in inflammatory bowel disease. Professor Lindsay is the Education Officer and a member of the Governing Board of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO). Professor Glenn Doherty is a Professor of Medicine and Consultant Gastroenterologist, School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

Aside from our well organized hands-on endoscopy workshops, a congress feature this year also is the live and interactive endoscopy sessions from the world leading European Endoscopy Center in the Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan, Italy.

In keeping with the EDDW culture, we enjoy multidisciplinary and integrated approaches to the topics discussed catering to the needs of primary care physicians, physicians, surgeons and gastroenterologists. The faculty will focus on both the current standards as well as the latest innovations in patient management. Moreover, I am sure that our delegates can find endless networking opportunities with our international and regional speakers.

Looking forward to seeing you all in June 2020.

Ali Al Fazari,MD
Conference President
Director, Medical Simulation and Clinical Skills Training Center
Associate Professor of Medicine and Consultant Gastroenterologist
College of Medicine & Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, UAE

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EDDW2020 Organizing Committee

Ali Al Fazari, MD FRCPC FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine &
Consultant Gastroenterologist
College of Medicine & Health Sciences
United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, UAE

Mazin Al Jabiri, MD
Consultant Physician & Gastroenterologist
Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology (MBRU)
MBChB, FRCP (London-UK), CCST(UK)
Accredited Bowel Cancer Screener (UK)
ESD &EPMR Accredited Tokyo, Japan
Intervention Endoscopist JAG Accredited RCP London (UK)
Mediclinic City Hospital, Dubai Healthcare City
Dubai, UAE

Taleb Al Mansoor, MD
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs
Consultant Interventional Radiologist
College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Salah Gariballa, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair
Internal Medicine
United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, UAE

Farooq Khan, MD
Leading GI Simulation
Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepato-biliary Physician
University Hospitals of Leicester and American Hospital Dubai, UAE

Ajit Tharakan, MD
MBBS, MD, DM, FRCP
Gastroenterologist
Al Futtaim HealthHub
Dubai, UAE

EDDW2020 Scientific Committee

Ali Al Fazari, MD FRCPC FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine &
Consultant Gastroenterologist
College of Medicine & Health Sciences
United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, UAE

Mazin Al Jabiri, MD
Consultant Physician & Gastroenterologist
Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology (MBRU)
MBChB, FRCP (London-UK), CCST(UK)
Accredited Bowel Cancer Screener (UK)
ESD &EPMR Accredited Tokyo, Japan
Intervention Endoscopist JAG Accredited RCP London (UK)
Mediclinic City Hospital, Dubai Healthcare City
Dubai, UAE

Adnan Abu Hammour, MD
Dubai, UAE

Salem Awadh, MD
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Advanced Center for Daycare Surgery
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Khaled Bamakhrama, MD
Dubai, UAE

Pradeep Bhandari, MD
London, UK

Asad Dajani, MD
Dubai, UAE

Makki Fayyad, MD
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Advanced Center for Daycare Surgery
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Salah Gariballa, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair
Internal Medicine
United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, UAE

Samuel Ho, MD
Chair of Clinical Sciences,
Professor of Medicine,
Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences;
Consultant in Gastroenterology, Mediclinic Parkview Hospital
Dubai, UAE

Farooq Khan, MD
Leading GI Simulation
Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepato-biliary Physician
University Hospitals of Leicester and American Hospital Dubai, UAE

James Lindsay, PhD FRCP
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Education Officer ECCO
Prof. of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Barts Health NSH Trust
The Royal London Hospital
London, UK

Maria jesusa Lazarte Delgado, Ms
Senior Charge Nurse/Unit Manager
Endoscopy Services-NUESES(Dep) – Nursing
Tawam Hospital

Usama M. M. Warshow, MD
PhD MRCP MB.BS(Lond.)
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist
Mediclinic Parkview Hospital
Dubai, UAE

Zakir Mohamed, MD
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Mediclinic Parkview Hospital
Dubai, UAE

Amir Nisar, MD
Consultant General Surgeon
Mediclinic Parkview Hospital
Dubai, UAE

Alessandro Repici, MD
Prof. of Gastroenterology
Director of Endoscopy
Humanitas Research Hospital & University
Milano, Italy

Ajit Tharakan, MD
MBBS, MD, DM, FRCP
Gastroenterologist
Al Futtaim HealthHub
Dubai, UAE

Faculty

Vito Annese, MD
Consultant Gastroenterologist
MRCP(Hons), CCST (Hons)
Full Prof. Gastroenterology &
Internal medicine (Italian qualification)
Valiant Clinic, Meraas Health Care, American Hospital
Dubai, UAE

Pradeep Bhandari, MD
London, UK

Glen Doherty, MD
Consultant Gastroenterologist and Physician, St Vincent’s University Hospital
Senior Clinical Lecturer, School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin
Clinical Lead for Endoscopy Training, St Vincent’s University Hospital
London, UK

Farooq Khan, MD
Leading GI Simulation
Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepato-biliary Physician
University Hospitals of Leicester and American Hospital Dubai, UAE

James Lindsay, PhD FRCP
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Education Officer ECCO
Prof. of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Barts Health NSH Trust
The Royal London Hospital
London, UK

Alessandro Repici, MD
Prof. of Gastroenterology
Director of Endoscopy
Humanitas Research Hospital & University
Milano, Italy

EDDW2020 Nursing Faculty

Maria jesusa Delgado

Stephy Harshal

Kyoung Hong Hee

Haide Ruallo

Scientific Program
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We are excited to share EDDW 2020 scientific program which, this year, is unique in combining clinical paradigms with innovations in Gastrointestinal medicine including first ever programme in GI Simulation. The Congress program will focus on following themes;

– Innovations in GI endoscopy, including advances in lesion recognition as well as therapeutic techniques
– IBD- Diagnosis to the Management- A multi-disciplinary paradigm
– A dedicated state-of- the-art session on GI simulation.
– “Tips and Tricks” in ERCP and innovations in HPB endoscopy skills.

In the era of minimally invasive techniques, early lesion recognition and targeted therapy is paramount and quite often than not clinicians come across these challenging scenarios. Polyp recognition is becoming an increasingly important issue particularly with advancements of early cancer detection and evolving Endotherapy. Most GI physicians would be interested in this area as it reflects their daily clinical practice. This year the program will provide the opportunity to update your knowledge and understanding with the help and expertise from the Pioneers in this field such as Professor Alessandro Repici and Professor Pradeep Bhandari. They are research leaders in the field, and both have contributed to currently utilized clinical practice guidelines and pioneered therapeutic procedures.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is another very common condition (>200,000 cases annually in the United States), yet debilitating and expensive for patients (healthcare costs associated with IBD are 6-7 times higher than average), healthcare systems (higher pharmacy and hospital costs) and industry (absenteeism, lost productivity).

This year’s Emirates Digestive Diseases International Conference (EDDW2020) features a multi-disciplinary approach to IBD management and includes diagnosis, symptom management, Quality of Life (QoL) and early treatment of this increasingly recognized GI condition. Major focus will be on endoscopic identification of polyps from commonly encountered to difficult-to- diagnose polyp to aid GI physicians stratify appropriate therapy. The Congress faculty features internationally recognized experts, Professors James Lindsey and Glenn Doherty who are leading experts in inflammatory bowel disease and have written many guidelines concerning the subject for the BSG and other international societies.

GI simulation: Whilst technology is moving at a fast pace and new endoscopic techniques being developed to support early detection and minimally invasive approach; it has become clear to devise an infrastructure for developing future workforce and training framework. There is now enough evidence to support that in gastrointestinal endoscopy, simulation-based training can help endoscopists acquire new skills and accelerate the learning curve. It creates an ideal environment for trainees, where they can practice and strengthen specific skills with no risk to patients. It equally promotes and enhance learning for experienced endoscopists. Emirates Digestive Diseases International Conference (EDDW2020, for the first time, features a dedicated session on GI simulation which caters the need for trainees as well as experienced clinicians to develop and enhance endoscopic skills. The congress will also highlight a session on “Tips and Tricks” to improve ERCP skills and innovations within the expanding field of Hepato-biliary endoscopy.

A new addition in 2020 is the GI Simulation subspecialty being developed at the United Arab Emirates University and Medical School which will soon deserve a standalone conference; information and updates will be provided.

The EDDW 2020, as similar to previous conferences, will also give special attention to nurses training and support. We have designed an excellent nursing program which also includes a dedicated session on equipment and unit management by several leading endoscopy nurses in the country. This always attracts a lot of attention from our esteem nursing colleagues.

Lastly, the congress will also show case “bespoke Live Endoscopy session” from the world-renowned European Endoscopy Centre in the Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan, Italy. This will also provide great opportunity to interact between all members of the healthcare team required to care for these complex patients. Focusing on the key role of the Primary Care Physician, interactions with Gastroenterologists (endoscopists), Pathologists, Radiologists, Surgeons and GI nurses will be facilitated in workshops and practical demonstrations.

Conference Highlights

  • IBD Masterclass
  • Endoscopic Management of complicated polyps
  • Tips and tricks in management of complicated ERCP/EUS
  • State of the Art lectures on upper and lower GI EMR, ESD and advanced endoscopic techniques by international experts
  • New ways to use Spyglass
  • Live endoscopy sessions
  • Hands-on endoscopy workshops
  • Dedicated nursing program

Target Audience

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Hepatologists
  • Intervention endoscopist
  • Family Practitioners
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgeons
  • Pathologists
  • Researchers
  • Academia
  • Allied Health
  • Nursing Staff
  • Internal Medicine and General Surgery residents in training
  • Medical Students

Learning Objectives

After completing all sessions of this conference, delegates will be able to:
–   Understand and implement early detection and diagnosis of common upper and lower GI cancers.
–   Shape up their endoscopic diagnostic skills in the state of the Art lectures on advanced endoscopy including Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic submucosal dissection, and advanced endoscopic Ultrasound.
–   Improve clinical skills by engaging delegates in dedicated hands-on gastrointestinal endoscopy workshops including GI bleeding hemostasis, EUS, ERCP, and EMR.
–   Improve clinical decision making skills for allied health care providers during a dedicated GI nursing conference with a full program of GI Nurse updates, Nurse Hands on endoscopy workshops (Including current hot topics on scope processing, GI nurse validation & certification and quality indicators in Endoscopy).

Improve patient care and outcomes through:

  •    Analysis of the updated advances in polyp recognition and who to implement EME/EPMR and ESD if necessary
  •    Utilization of proper colorectal cancer screening programs via the new AI
  •    Review and critique of relevant practice guidelines.
  •    Adopting strategies to integrate evidence based guidelines into practice.
  •    Allowing practice to self-reflect and assess operations in light of the information and discussions during conference.
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Regular
10th March - 11th June, 2020
On-site
12th June, 2020 onwards
Physicians
AED 1,200
AED 1,500
Non-Physicians
AED 750
AED 900
Students
AED 350
AED 400
*Above rates are subject to 5% VAT as mandated by UAE Government Law
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