Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2023

AASLD participates in Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) which provides education on GI and hepatology-related diseases and conditions. A must-attend event for anyone who wants to know it all! 

When & Where

Date: Saturday, May 6, 8:00 am - Tuesday, May 9, 5:00 pm (EDT)
Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Continuing Education Credits: 421.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

AASLD Program Highlights

Hepatology Skills Workshops
Saturday, May 6 • 8–11:30 a.m.
Join us for an engaging and interactive workshop focused on building the skills needed for a successful career in hepatology. These sessions are appropriate for trainees and other early career professionals seeking to broaden their skills in hepatology.

  • Workshop 1: FibroScan
  • 8–9:30 a.m.
  • Workshop 2: Motivational Interviewing
  • 10–11:30 a.m.

Clinical Symposia: Deciphering the Alphabet Soup of Non-invasive Tests for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Saturday, May 6 • 10-11:30 a.m.
This program aims to educate providers on the real-world application of non-invasive assessments of liver fibrosis. Who, What, When and Why?

Plenary Session
Sunday, May 7 • 8-9:30 a.m.
The best abstracts in basic and clinical hepatology will be presented at these highly focused sessions, with robust question-and-answer periods. Attendees will learn the latest advancements in hepatology to ensure they are abreast of the most cutting-edge science.

Liver Transplant for Malignancies: HCC and Beyond
Sunday, May 7 • 8-9:30 a.m.
This session will highlight advances in the utilization of total hepatectomy and liver transplantation for the treatment of non-hepatocellular primary liver cancers and selected metastatic malignancies. Lectures will focus on patient selection, neo-adjuvant therapy, surgical approaches and clinical outcomes. The ethics of the allocation of cadaveric organs and living donation will be explored.

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Liver Tumors in Action
Sunday, May 7 • 4–5:30 p.m.
Optimization of hepatocellular carcinoma therapy requires multidisciplinary input with regard to treatment options tailored to nuances of an individual patient’s clinical situation, functional status, and preferences. Multiple models of delivering this care could be considered, but the relative merits of various approaches is relatively unexplored. This session will present various models for multidisciplinary liver cancer care, highlighting strengths, weaknesses, and barriers to implementation or sustainability.

Hepatology for Gastroenterologists Symposium
Monday, May 8 • 8-9:30 a.m.
Calling all gastroenterologists with an interest in hepatology! This is a symposium you can’t afford to miss. Participants will explore fundamental knowledge and skills necessary in the practice of hepatology and learn about the latest innovations in treatment options from advanced hepatology practitioners.

Clinical Practice Workshop: Contemporary Hepatology for Gastroenterologists
Monday, May 8 • 2-3:30 p.m.
This workshop will focus on the challenges in the management of patients where there is a paucity of evidence-based data or the critical appraisal of our current knowledge base. Topics to be discussed include current guidelines on the management of iron overload, management of hepatitis D and treatment options for recurrent HCC after liver transplantation.

Review of Practice Guidelines
Monday, May 8 • 4–5:30 p.m.
Participants will review best practices for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with NAFLD, acute on chronic liver failure and patients in the critical care setting, portal hypertension, and varices in cirrhosis and variceal hemorrhage presented in recently finalized or published AASLD practice guidelines. Guidance Statements on the care of patients will be highlighted and discussed. Choosing appropriate treatments remain a challenge for patients with these chronic liver diseases and the implementation of up-to-date guidance can positively affect treatment decisions and patient outcomes.

Primary Prevention and Early Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Best Practices in 2023
Tuesday, May 9 • 8–9:30 a.m.
This session will discuss best practices for primary and secondary prevention of HCC – two steps in the cancer care continuum that can most efficiently reduce HCC-related mortality. We will discuss current evidence-based approaches for both steps, including the at-risk population in whom they should be implemented, and
recommendations from the recent update to the AASLD HCC Guidance document. We also discuss the status of emerging promising strategies and what data are needed before routine use in clinical practice or adoption into future guidelines.

AASLD State-of-the-Art Lectures

AASLD’s four State-of-the-Art Lectures offer session participants the opportunity to stay informed on the latest innovations and research in the field of hepatology and gastroenterology. All State-of-the-Art Lectures will be live-streamed for the digital audience!

SOA I: Noninvasive Approaches for Diagnosing Fibrosis/Cirrhosis
Sunday, May 7 • 10–11:30 a.m.

SOA II: Microbiome and Liver Disease: The Gut Actually Matters
Sunday, May 7 • 2–3:30 p.m.

SOA III: Heptorenal Syndrome: A New Drug for an Old Disease
Monday, May 8 • 10–11:30 a.m.

SOA IV: Alcohol Associated Liver Disease: Controversies and Consensus
Tuesday, May 9 • 10–11:30 a.m.

AASLD Trainee Programming

Career Planning for APPs
Saturday, May 6 • 4-5:30 p.m.
This interactive workshop will guide APPs in exploring the unique rewards and challenges of various hepatology career pathways, and how to maximize one’s potential throughout their career trajectory.

Career Options in Hepatology: Engaging Trainees in the Diversity of Career Pathways in Hepatology and Liver Transplant
Sunday, May 7 • 10–11:30 a.m.
This workshop will highlight the breadth of career options available in hepatology. Geared for trainees interested in learning more about developing a career in hepatology and/or liver transplant, this session will enable participants to learn from established hepatologists regarding clinical and research opportunities in both adult and pediatric hepatology. During the session, there will be dedicated time for a panel discussion with hepatologists.

Academic Debates: Hot Topics in Hepatology and Liver Transplant
Sunday, May 7 • 2-3:30 p.m.
Explore timely topics in liver disease in a lively debate format as hepatologists tackle important, often controversial issues. Debaters will gain skills in critical thinking, balanced argumentation, and factual examination of each issue’s pros and cons. Debaters, judges, and audience members will grapple with opposing scientific, societal, individual and financial viewpoints on current clinical concerns.

Stump the Hepatologist: Evaluating Acute and Chronic Liver Disease in a Case Conference Format
Sunday, May 7 • 4–5:30 p.m.
This session is designed to demonstrate the “art” behind the science of working through differential diagnosis for unknown cases. Through live interactions with the case presenters, hepatology experts will work through interesting and challenging cases and speak out loud about their thought processes as the case unfolds. During the process, participants will be able to witness how experts in the field, using their knowledge base, break down and narrow their differential diagnosis.