Annual Scientific Meeting

Personalized Management of Achalasia in the Era of POEM

Wednesday, October 10
7:05 AM - 7:25 AM
Location: 120B (level 100)

Category: Esophagus

Learning Objectives:

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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