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Optimizing Endoscopic Outcomes in Liver Disease


  • Friday, November 9, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Program Chairs

  • Rajesh N. Keswani, MD, MS
  • Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, FASGE

Session Description / Needs Statement

Gastrointestinal endoscopy plays an integral role in the evaluation and management of patients with advanced liver disease, as well as patients with biliary tract disease with or without co-existing liver disease. The endoscopic management of these patients is often complex and challenging. Attendees of this session will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge with state-of-the-art presentations on the endoscopic management of a variety of conditions related to this special population.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how to perform high quality colonoscopy in patients with liver disease
  • Employ current evidenced based interventions for managing bleeding related to portal hypertensive gastropathy, GAVE, gastric and esophageal varices
  • Discuss the role of endoscopy in managing biliary adverse events in the post-liver transplant patient
  • Recognize controversies in the management of cholangiocarcinoma
  • Discuss the role of endoscopic bariatric procedures in patients with liver disease

Continuing Education Information

  • CME – 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

To view full programming being offered at The Liver Meeting®, visit the 2018 Online Program.

Session I: Performing High Quality Endoscopy

Moderator: Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, FASGE

  • 8:00 am - 8:05 am
    Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:05 am - 8:20 am
    Do I Need to Give Platelets or Plasma? Understanding Bleeding Risk of Cirrhotic Patients
    Stephen H. Caldwell, MD, FAASLD
  • 8:20 am - 8:40 am
    Choosing Safe and Effective Sedation
    John Vargo, MD, MPH, FASGE
  • 8:40 am - 8:55 am
    Sweating the Small Stuff: A Checklist of Things to Consider before Endoscopy
    Joseph Ahn, MD, MS, FAASLD
  • 8:55 am - 9:15 am
    Performing the Perfect Colonoscopy: Special Considerations in Liver Disease
    Hugo E. Vargas, MD, FAASLD
  • 9:15 am - 9:30 am
    Panel Discussion
  • 9:30 am - 9:45 am

Session II: Diagnostic Dilemmas in Endoscopy

Moderator: Rajesh N. Keswani, MD, MS

  • 9:45 am - 10:05 am
    Incidental Pancreas Cyst: What Do I Need to Do?
    Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, FASGE
  • 10:05 am - 10:25 am
    Approach to the Indeterminate Biliary Stricture
    Bret T. Petersen, MD
  • 10:25 am - 10:45 am
    Endoscopic Controversies in Cholangiocarcoma
    Andrew J. Muir, MD, FAASLD
  • 10:45 am - 11:05 am
    Evolving Management of Complex Post-Transplant Strictures: From Roux to Ischemic
    Rajesh N. Keswani, MD, MS
  • 11:05 am - 11:55 am
    Endoscopic Video Forum: What Would You Do?
  • 11:55 am - 12:55 pm

Session III: When It Bleeds, It Pours

Moderator: Tonya Kaltenbach, MD, MS

  • 12:55 pm - 1:15 pm
    Management of Acute Variceal Hemorrhage
    Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD, FAASLD
  • 1:15 pm - 1:35 pm
    Let Your Radiologist Sleep: Learning to Glue
    Roy Soetikno, MD, MS
  • 1:35 pm - 1:55 pm
    New Tools to Manage Non-Variceal Bleeding
    Tonya Kaltenbach, MD, MS
  • 1:55 pm - 2:15 pm
    Managing GAVE and Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy
    David W. Victor III, MD
  • 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
    Panel Discussion
  • 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Session IV: New Frontiers in Endoscopy: How Will it Change Your Liver Practice?

Moderator: Shelby A. Sullivan, MD

  • 2:45 pm - 2:55 pm
    Pro: EUS-Guided Liver Biopsy is Ready for Prime Time
    Kenneth Chang, MD, FACG, FASGE
  • 2:55 pm - 3:05 pm
    Con: We Aren't Ready to Change the Gold Standard
    Joseph Ahn, MD, MS, FAASLD
  • 3:05 pm - 3:25 pm
    Is Endoscopy the Cure for Fatty Liver Disease?
    Shelby A. Sullivan, MD
  • 3:25 pm - 3:45 pm
    Endoscopic Measurement of Portal Vein Pressure: Should We Be Doing it and if So How?
    Kenneth Chang, MD, FACG, FASGE
  • 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Panel Discussion