Annual Scientific Meeting

Symposium 2C: Live From Philadelphia! The 6th Annual Endoscopy Video Forum

Monday, October 8
4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Terrace Ballroom 1 (level 400)

Category: Endoscopy Video Forum

Learning Objectives:

Seth A. Gross

Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine; Chief of Gastroenterology, Tisch Hospital
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, NY

Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG is an Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU Medical School. He currently Chief of Gastroenterology at Tisch Hospital, which is part of the NYU Langone Medical Center. He is active both locally and nationally in the field of gastroenterology and serves on several committees within the ACG.


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Vivek Kaul

Segal-Watson Professor of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY, US

Dr. Vivek Kaul is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is in full time academic practice with 17 years of experience in the field. His clinical, research, and education efforts are focused in the field of advanced therapeutic endoscopy, including advanced ERCP, interventional EUS, pancreatic diseases, esophageal endotherapy, and hepatobiliary diseases. He has published several articles in the field, presents regularly at national and international meetings, is a reviewer for several journals and is a sought after speaker. He is a Fellow of the ACG, ASGE, and AGA. He also served as the ACG Governor for the Northern New York region. He is passionate about teaching, training, and innovation in endoscopy and regularly shares his expertise at centers and workshops nationally and around the world.


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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, and 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 different 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 performing new endoscopic procedures, such as endoscopic submucosal 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 The American Journal of Gastroenterology. He is the current president of the Georgia State Gastroenterological and Endoscopic Society.


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Laith H. Jamil

Associate Director of Interventional Endoscopy
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, MI, US

Laith H. Jamil, MD, is the Program Director for the advanced endoscopy fellowship and the Associate Director of Interventional Endoscopy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Jamil earned his medical degree at the College of Medicine, Baghdad University in Baghdad, Iraq. He performed an internal medicine residency where he also served as chief resident at the Hurley Medical Center at Michigan State University; hepatology and liver transplant and advanced endoscopy fellowships at the Mayo Clinic; and a gastroenterology fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan where he also served as a research trainee in gastroenterology and hepatology. He has written articles on numerous subjects related to gastroenterology that have published in peer-reviewed publications, and is currently one of the associate editors of The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr. Jamil's current academic appointments are an Associate Professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


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Harshit S. Khara

Director of Endoscopic & Translational Research; Associate Director, Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship Program
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, Pennsylvania

Harshit S. Khara, MD, is a gastroenterologist based at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Khara earned his medical degree from Seth G.S. Medical College & K.E.M. Hospital in India. He moved to the United States to complete his residency at Drexel University College of Medicine Saint Peter's University Hospital. He completed a fellowship in Transplant Hepatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Yale University School of Medicine Norwalk Hospital. He completed another fellowship in advanced therapeutic endoscopy at Geisinger Medical Center.

Dr. Khara is the Director of Endoscopic and Translational Research and the Associate Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program at the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Geisinger, participating in training and mentoring of advanced endoscopy and general GI fellows. He is also the Director of the National Pancreas Center at Geisinger. He is involved in multi-center clinical research projects and quality improvement projects. His clinical and research interests are in the field of interventional endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, Barrett’s esophagus, endoscopic submucosal dissection and bariatric interventional endoscopy. Dr Khara is certified in gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a committee member for the ACG and the ASGE.


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Shivangi T. Kothari

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Endoscopy
University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital
Rochester, New York

Dr. Shivangi Kothari is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Associate Director of Endoscopy at University of Rochester Medical Center, NY. She is also the Co-Director of Developmental Endoscopy Lab at the University of Rochester (DELUR). Dr. Kothari received her medical degree from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital in Mumbai, India. She completed her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training at Seton Hall University's School of Health and Medical Sciences, and went on to complete interventional endoscopy training at Stanford University Hospital. Her clinical expertise is in interventional endoscopic ultrasound, advanced therapeutic ERCP, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), esophageal endotherapy for Barrett's esophagus, double balloon enteroscopy, and pancreatic-biliary disorders. She also performs basic endoscopic submucosal dissections (ESD). Dr. Kothari's interest in academic medicine led her to practice evidence-based medicine and conduct multiple research projects. She has published her research in various peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research at various national and international GI meetings. Her research interests include development of EUS FNA techniques and devices, endoscopic ablation and therapy of Barrett's esophagus, and evaluation of new devices and technology in the diagnosis and treatment of biliary and pancreatic diseases. Dr. Kothari is an active member of multiple scientific GI societies, including the ACG, serves on several national and international gastroenterology committees, and is a reviewer for various journals.


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Reem Z. Sharaiha

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

Dr. Reem Sharaiha is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is an expert in endoscopic (non surgical) treatment for weight loss, and advanced endoscopic interventions for hepatobiliary disease. She is board certified in gastroenterology, internal medicine (in both the United States and UK) and is also an advanced fellowship trained interventional gastroenterologist. She received her medical degree from the University of London. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus and her fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Campus, where she received a masters in patient oriented research. She also completed her Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Her research is primarily focused on interventional endoscopy. A major focus of her research is on endoscopic treatment options for obesity, as well as ablation therapies for malignancy and treatment of pancreatic fluid collections. She is also grant funded. Her objectives are to develop and understand the new endoscopic techniques for reducing the obesity epidemic, and understand the safety and efficacy of such techniques and their impact on comorbidities.


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Meidong Xu

Vice-Director of Endoscopy Center
Zhongshan Hospital
Shanghai, China (People's Republic)

Prof. Meidong Xu is vice director of Endoscopy Center, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University. Prof. Xu graduated from Xuzhou Medical College, China in 1994, and worked in the Department of General Surgery, Affiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical College during 1994-1998. In 1998, he attended former Shanghai Medical University, where he began his career in endoscopy under the tutorship of the prominent surgical and endoscopic experts Prof. Yao Liqing and Prof. Qin Xinyu. He obtained his master degree and doctor degree in General Surgery in 2001 and 2006, respectively. In 2006, he gained the chance to visit Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong as a visiting scholar and learned ESD, ERCP and EUS there. In 2012, he went to BID medical center and Emory University hospital as a visiting scholar and learned ERCP and EUS. He was promoted to Chief Physician in 2013. In addition, he is a member of many famous national committees and serves on the editorial boards of different medical publications.


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