Welcome Message

Dear Delegates, Faculty, and Partners,

Under the patronage of HE Saeed Ahmed Ghobash, Chancellor or the United Arab Emirates University, the third edition of the Emirates Digestive Diseases Week International Conference (EDDW2019) is kicking off in Dubai at the Raffles Hotel on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 for 3 days.

This world-class congress strives to transform gastroenterology meetings in the region. The scientific program is as equally rich and exciting. We are delighted to bring internationally renowned authorities in the field of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases to conduct our flagship IBD Masterclass. Panels of distinguished international, regional and local speakers have been recruited to deliver cutting-edge interactive presentations on advances in research and clinical practice in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology, and endoscopy. The highlights of this event include: Endoscopic Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Stretta), state of the art lectures on upper and lower GI EMR, ESD, and advanced endoscopic techniques, as well as advances in the treatment of viral hepatitis & NAFLD.

Over the stretch of the conference days, we will keep you entertained with our featured live endoscopy sessions from Milan, Italy, hands-on endoscopy workshops as well as dedicated capsule video endoscopy workshop.

The nursing and GI technician track will be featured in parallel for a whole day with interactive sessions and hands-on workshop on endoscopy quality control, disinfection and various relevant practical topics related to gastrointestinal nursing.

The medical exhibition hall will also keep you entertained with a lot to see while you walk around the various booths and exhibits of leading industry and ample time for networking with colleagues and friends from the UAE and the globe.

Ali Al Fazari,MD
EDDW 2019 President

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Committee & Faculty
EDDW2019 Steering Committee

Ali Al Fazari
Al Ain, UAE

Mazin Al Jabiri
Dubai, UAE

Ajith Tharakan
Dubai, UAE

Usama M.M. Warshow
Dubai, UAE

Salah Gariballa
Al Ain, UAE


Conference Faculty

Ahmed Al Rifai
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist
Mafraq Hospital
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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

Harry Dalton
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Royal Cornwall Hospitals
Truro, UK

Matthew E Cramp
President of the British Association
for the Study of the Liver
Prof. of Hepatology &
Consultant Hepatologist
South West Liver Unit
University Hospitals Plymouth &
Peninsula Medical School
Plymouth, UK

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

Rifat Hamoudi
PhD, C. Eng, C. Sci and MPathSoc
Associate Professor in Cellular,
Molecular and Computational Medicine
Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine,
University of Sharjah
Sharjah, UAE

PhD, MEng, MSc, BSc
Sharjah Institute of Medical Research
College of Medicine
University of Sharjah
Sharjah, UAE

Peter Irving
E-learning Ambassador, ECCO
Consultant Gastroenterologist,
Lead for IBD
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
London, UK

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

Antonio Pinna
MD, Staff Physician
Digestive Disease Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Andrew Plumb
Roentgen Prof., The Royal
College of Radiologists
Assco. Prof. of Medical Imaging Centre
University College London
London, UK

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

Yutaka Saito
(Gastrointestinal Endoscopy)
Director of Endoscopy Center
Chief of Endoscopy Division
National Cancer Center Hospital
Tokyo, Japan

Alastair Windsor
MD FRCS (Lon, Edin, Glas)
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
University College London Hospital
London, UK

Shigetaka Yoshinaga
MD., PhD
Head physician
Endoscopy Division
National Cancer Center Hospital
Tokyo, Japan

Nursing Faculty

Urooj Ahmed
Consultant, Gastroenterology
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Joy I. Ardinazo
Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Tawam Hospital
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Thomas Cherukara
Clinical Gastroenterology & Liver Unit
Al Qassimi & Kuwait Hospitals (MOH)
Sharjah, UAE

Subash Gautam
MB, FRCS (Eng,Edn&Glasg)Hon. FRCSG, HonFCPS,
Clinical Associate Dean RAKMHSU
Sen. Consultant Surgeon
Gen Surgery
Fujairah Hospital
Fujairah, UAE

Ihsan Kommouna
Consultant Gastroeneterologist
Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital
Dubai, UAE

Huda Kattaa
MD, FRCP(London), MRCPgast
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Mediclinic, Dubai Mall
Dubai, UAE

Maria Jesusa Delgado
Senior Charge Nurse/Unit Manager
Endoscopy Services – NUESES
(Dep) – Nursing
Tawam Hospital
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Srinath Dore’
MD (Swiss), Belgian Boards (Gastro)
(Liver & GI Diseases)
Al Zahra Hospital and Medical Centre
Dubai, UAE

Abdulrahman Saadeddin
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Emirates Speciality Hospital
Dubai, UAE

Yogesh Shastri
MBBS, MD (Medicine),
DNB (Gastroenterology),
MRC (Specialist Certificate Examination),
Head of the Dept. – Gastroentrology
NMC Speciality Hospital, Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Amal Upadhyay
MBBS, MD (Int. Med.)
DM (Gastro), DNB
(Gastro), MRCP (UK)
FRCP (Edinburgh)
Consultant, Gastroenterology
and Hepatology
Aster Hospital, Mankhool
Dubai, UAE

Scientific Program
Learn about the schedule, topics and workshops of EDDW conference.

Conference Highlights

  • Full day IBD Masterclass (6 CME hours) which features precision medicine and new therapeutics, multidisciplinary approach to management and IBD quality care measurements.
  • State of the Art lectures on advanced endoscopy including Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Endoscopic submucosal dissection, and advanced endoscopic Ultrasound.
  • Advances & updates in viral hepatitis. NAFLD & Liver transplantation
  • Live endoscopy session with live feeds from world-renowned European Endoscopy Center (Humanitas Research Hospital), Milan, Italy,  with expert international & regional endoscopy panel discussions.
  • Hands-on gastrointestinal endoscopy workshops including GI bleeding hemostasis, EUS, ERCP, and EMR.
  • Dedicated parallel 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

Target Audience

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Hepatologists
  • Endoscopy Specialists
  • Family Practitioners
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgeons
  • Oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Researchers
  • Academia
  • Allied Health
  • Nursing Staff

Reasons to Attend

In numerous lectures, presentations, courses, posters and videos, leading experts will present the latest scientific knowledge and state of the art research in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

The Emirates Digestive Disease Week (EDDW2019) in its third edition provides a unique platform and the opportunity to meet and network with international and regional faculty and gain insight into the latest product information and trends. Do not miss this opportunity to meet gastroenterologists, surgeons and endoscopy technicians and nurses from around the globe.

Abstract Submission
To submit an abstract, please read all of the instructions below.

Emirates Digestive Diseases Week International Conference, March 28th – 30th, 2019, Raffles Dubai Hotel, Unites Arab Emirates invites you to submit an ‘Abstract’ for the Emirates Digestive Diseases Week International Conference (EDDW). To submit an abstract, please read all of the instructions below.
Abstract submission deadline: 15th January 2019.
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 30th January 2019.
Please note that only electronic submissions are accepted. Language
All abstracts must be submitted in English using the online submission form through website.

Abstract Categories
Abstract Categories Clinical, basic, translational abstracts or case reports may be submitted in the following categories:

  1. IBS & Neurogastroenterology
  2. Endoscopy
  3. Hepatology
  4. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  5. Hepatopancreaticobiliary Diseases
  6. GI Cancers
  7. Oesophagogastric and small bowel diseases (including coeliac disease)
  8. Colorectal diseases

General conditions:

  • Abstracts are required for all presentations.
  • Abstracts must be submitted maximum by 15th December 2018 (23:59 GMT)
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Withdrawal of abstracts can only be accepted if notified in writing. It is possible to withdraw an abstract 14 days after notification on acceptance.
  • If selected, it is the responsibility of the presenter to bear his travel and accommodation expenses.

Presenting Author and Registration:

  • The presenting author must register as an active participant at the conference at the latest 14 days after acceptance of an abstract.
  • EDDW Conference committee reserves the right to exclude any abstract from the scientific program that is not followed by a participant registration at the latest 14 days after notification on acceptance.

Contents of your abstract:

  • The abstract word limit is max. 300 words per abstract. EDDW Conference Secretariat reserves the right to edit abstracts that exceed the word limit.
  • The title should be as brief as possible but long enough to clearly indicate the nature of the study. Write the abstract title in CAPITAL LETTERS. No full stop at the end.
  • No identifying features such as names of authors, hospitals, medical schools, clinics or cities may be listed in the title or abstract text, as a “blind” review process will be used. You will be asked to enter the name(s) of author(s) and their institution(s), when you submit your abstract online.
  • The abstract must include the following:
    Aim: Clearly state the purpose of the abstract.
    Methods: Describe your selection of observations or experimental subjects clearly. Results: Present your results in a logical sequence in text, table and illustrations. Conclusions: Emphasize new and important aspects of the study (perhaps as a discussion section) and the conclusions that are drawn from them.
  • All abbreviations must be defined in first use.
  • Statements such as “results will be discussed” or “data will be presented” cannot be accepted.
  • Use of brand names for all references to products or companies, generic names must be used. The brand name can be inserted as a reference at the bottom of the abstract page. Papers containing brand names/company names in the abstract text (i.e. not in a reference at the bottom of the page) may be rejected for this reason only. EDDW Conference Secretariat reserves the right to replace any brand name with a generic name without further notice.
  • Images that are uploaded to follow the abstract are not guaranteed inclusion in the Conference Materials.


  • The scientific committee will review the abstracts submitted
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection of the abstract will be sent to all authors by 15th January, 2019. (23:59 GMT)
  • It is the responsibility of all investigators that all studies are performed with respect to national legislation, international legislation and ethical guidelines both with regards to humans and animals. EDDW Scientific Committee reserves the right to reject any submitted abstract that is believed to violate these principles
  • Please verify that your email address (submitter and presenting author) is correct as it will be used for contacting you after the review process.
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Registration Categories
Early Bird
until 18st February, 2019
19th February - 19th March, 2019
20st March, 2019 onwards
AED 1,375- USD 380
AED 1,650 - USD 460
AED 2,000 - USD 555
AED 900 - USD 250
AED 1,200 - USD 335
AED 1,550 - USD 430
AED 350 - USD 100
AED 530 - USD 150
AED 800 - USD 225
*Above rates are subject to 5% VAT as mandated by UAE Government Law
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