World Congress at ACG2017

Symposium 1B: Endosurgery in the Upper GI Tract

Symposium 1B: Endosurgery in the Upper GI Tract

Monday, October 16
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Location: W414 (Level 4)

Category: Interventional Endoscopy

Vitor Arantes

Professor of Medicine, Director of Endoscopy Unit
Alfa Institute of Gastroenterology, Federal University of Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dr. Arantes holds a PhD and MSc in gastroenterology, and is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Endoscopy Unit at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, in Brazil. He is President of the Brazilian Society of Digestive Endoscopy (Minas Gerais state), and a member of the upper GI cancer committee of the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO). He has been a visiting professor at Kobe University Hospital in Japan (2012), a research fellow in endoscopic ultrasound at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and a trainee in therapeutic endoscopy at the Universidad Aautonoma de Barcelona in Spain.


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Qiang Cai

Professor of Medicine, Director, Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Qiang Cai is a Professor of Medicine, Master Clinician, Director of Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at the School of Medicine of Emory University. He is a graduate of Jiangxi Medical College in China and completed his internal medicine and gastroenterology training in Peking Union Medical College Hospital, one of the best hospitals in China, where he began his career in Gastroenterology. In 1992, he obtained his PhD in gastrointestinal physiology from Cornell University, where he studied intestinal calcium absorption under the guidance of Dr. Robert H. Wasserman, the father of intestinal calcium binding protein. He completed his second internal medicine residency training at Marshfield Clinic, and his second gastroenterology fellowship at the Emory University School of Medicine. He joined the faculty team at Emory University School of Medicine in July 2001. His main research interests are pancreatobiliary diseases and therapeutic endoscopy. He is one of the few gastroenterologists who can perform all diffrent kinds of gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures, including ERCP, EUS, STER, EFTR, Zenker's diverticulostomy etc. He is capable of removing large flat polyps and stromal tumors in the gastrointestinal system, More recently, he started new endoscopic procedures, such as endoscopic submusocal dissection (ESD) for gastrointestinal cancers, per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for patients with achalasia and gastric per oral endoscopic myotomy (G-POEM) for patients with gastroparesis. Those procedures are only available in a few centers in the United States. In addition to his research and clinical work, he teaches medical students, internal medicine residents and gastroenterology fellows. He has been awarded as best teacher three times. He serves as a member on several ACG and ASGE committees. He also serves as editor, associate editor and member of editorial boards for many journals, including American Journal of Gastroenterology. He is the current president of Georgia State Gastroenterological and Endoscopic Society.


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