Postgraduate Course

ACG David Sun Lecture

ACG Sun Lecture - Screening and Surveillance of Barrett's Esophagus: Where Are We Now and What Does the Future Hold?

Saturday, October 14
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Valencia Ballroom (Level 4)

Category: Esophagus

The David Sun Lecture, held during the Annual Postgraduate Course, was established by Mrs. Sun in memory of her husband, Dr. David Sun, an outstanding gastroenterologist and investigator. Each year, a lecturer with a distinguished background in gastroenterology or an allied field is chosen by the course directors of the Postgraduate program subject to the approval of the ACG Educational Affairs Committee and Board of Trustees. All who are registered for the Postgraduate Course are invited to attend.

Learning Objectives:

Gary W. Falk

Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gary W. Falk, MD, MS, FACG, is currently Professor of Medicine and co-director, GI Motility/Physiology Laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Falk received his under graduate and medical school training at the University of Rochester, NY, before going to George Washington University, Washington, DC, for his medical internship and residency. After a clinical and research fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he was a member of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Cleveland Clinic, OH, for more than 23 years where he was director for the Swallowing and Esophageal Center. While in Cleveland, he also received a master’s degree in clinical research from Case Western Reserve University. He has been involved in clinical research in Barrett’s esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Helicobacter pylori, esophageal motility disorders, advanced esophageal imaging and therapeutics, and eosinophilic esophagitis, that has resulted in over 150 peer reviewed publications and NIH and non-NIH grants. He is currently involved in translational research studies in collaboration with basic scientists in cancer biology and pathobiology to study the role of inflammatory mediators in eosinophilic esophagitis and cell of origin of Barrett’s esophagus. Research in eosinophilic esophagitis is also focusing on clinical trials of novel therapeutic agents, clinical and biologic aspects of pediatric to adult transition, and participation in the Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers consortium. Dr. Falk has served nationally through professional societies, including being a past-president of ASGE. He is a past associate editor of The American Journal of Gastroenterology and is the current editor of AGA Perspectives. He is a recipient of the Sidney Cohen University of Pennsylvania GI Fellowship Teacher of the Year Award, AGA Distinguished Clinician Award, and AGA Imaging & Advanced Technology Section Research Mentor Award.


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Carol A. Burke

Director, Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention; Vice Chair, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH, US

Dr. Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG, is immediate past president of the American College of Gastroenterology and a past president of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer. She is Vice Chair of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Cleveland Clinic and has been a staff member there since 1993 after completion of her GI fellowship at the Clinic. She holds joint appointments in the Taussig Cancer Center and the Department of Colorectal Surgery. She is the Director of the Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention and leads the section of Polyposis in the Sanford R. Weiss MD Center for Hereditary Colorectal Neoplasia. She is internationally known for her expertise in inherited colon cancer syndromes and the prevention of colorectal neoplasia. Her clinical and research interests include prevention of colorectal neoplasia in sporadic individuals and those with inherited colorectal cancer syndromes. She has funded research through the NCI, NIH, USDA, and industry. She has been involved in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows since 1991, and has developed and coordinated the digestive disease curriculum for trainees in the in- and out-patient setting in the Department, was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2014 by the GI fellows, and is the Chair of the GI Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee. She has authored over 100 publications. She is a visiting professor and invited speaker at national and international conferences on the prevention of colorectal neoplasia and the inherited colon cancer syndromes. She is past associate editor for The American Journal of Gastroenterology, reviewer for many journals including Gut, Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, PLOS one, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Digestive Disease and Sciences, and The American Journal of Gastroenterology, to name a few. Her passions include her family, yoga, and improving the wellness of herself, patients, and co-workers.


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