The 15th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium

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Plus: The 3rd Annual International Congress of Fluorescent Guided Imaging Surgery

Boca Raton, Florida • February 4–7, 2016

by Raul J. Rosenthal, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Rosenthal is Clinical Editor, Bariatric Times; Chief of Staff, Professor of Surgery and Chairman, Department of General Surgery; Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute; General Surgery Residency Program Director; and Director, Fellowship in MIS and Bariatric Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida.

Bariatric Times. 2016;13(1):30.

Cleveland Clinic Florida in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute will host its 15th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium from February 5–7, 2016, in Boca Raton, Florida.
Total CME hours: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 34.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Faculty Listing

International Congress of Fluorescent Guided Imaging Surgery
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Course overview: The 3rd Annual International Congress of Fluorescent Guided Imaging Surgery is focusing on the new era of research on near infrared (NIR) imaging. The concept is based on the utilization of infrared light as a tool to guide surgery. This unique course will offer an updated and better understanding of the novel technique. Our goal is to foster the exchange of information and ideas on fluorescence imaging and its applications in surgery. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet worldwide leaders in near infrared techniques and view their presentations live. Biliary tract, new approaches in cancer stratification by using NIR imaging on sentinel lymph nodes, prevention of anastomotic leaks with perfusion testing, and tumor margins and localization are some of many topics that may capture your interest.

Surgery of the Foregut Symposium
Dates: Friday, February 5 to Sunday, February 7, 2016. Spanish translation will be available.
Course overview: This program will provide surgeons and other healthcare professionals a wide range of information related to new and well-established topics in gastrointestinal surgery. Attendees will become familiar with surgical aspects of conventional, laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic surgery of the foregut. In addition, attendees will acquire in-depth information related to the diagnosis and management of disease processes of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, and biliary tree.
The program will review complex case scenarios and complications after foregut procedures. Abdominal wall hernias, fistulas and the use of the vacuum assisted closure (VAC) will be presented. Attendees will have the opportunity to analyze the management of complications including anastomotic leak and enterocutaneous fistulas and review complex techniques utilized by experts for conversions, revisions, and reversals of bariatric procedures.

Course highlights
    Thursday—Fluorescent Guided Imaging Surgery
•    FIGS Basic Principles (Animal Studies)
•    Fluorescent Guided Imaging in Cancer
•    Fluorescent Guided Lymphatic Mapping
•    Selected Topics in FIGS and Laparoscopy
•    FIGS and HPB Surgery
•    Fluorescent Guided Surgery in Cancer – Clinical Studies

    Friday—Abdominal Wall, Esophageal, Diaphragmatic and Gastric Surgery
•    The Abdominal Wall, Part 1:  Inguinal Hernias
•    The Abdominal Wall, Part 2:  Ventral Hernias
•    Diaphragmatic Hernias and GERD
•    Achalasia and Esophageal Diverticulae
•    Esophageal Cancer
•    Nuts and Bolts in Foregut Surgery: How To Do It
•    Update on Surgical Treatment Modalities for Gastric Neoplasms

Saturday—Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Transplantation, Surgery of the Biliary Tree
•    Management of Complex Bile Duct Stones
•    Common Bile Duct Injuries
•    Robert E. Hermann Annual Lecture:  Controversies in Surgical Management of Pancreatic Cancer  by Keith Lillemoe
•    Update on HIPEC
•    Technical Pearls of Whipple Procedures
•    Update on Liver Transplantation
•    Special Lecture: Indication, techniques and outcomes of Small Bowel Transplantation: Prospective from a pioneer by Kareem Abu-Elmagd
•    Surgery of the Small Bowel

    Sunday—Bariatric Surgery
•    New Trends in Bariatric Surgery
•    Selected Topics in Bariatric Surgery
•    Annual Walter E. Pories Lecture: How to measure quality in bariatric surgery by John Morton, MD
•    Mini Gastric Bypass, Plication, Sadi and Ileal Interposition: Fact or Fiction?
•    Gastroparesis: Diagnosis and Treatment Modalities
•    Video Based Mini Symposium on Technical Pearls in Reoperative Surgery
•    Special Lecture: Gut Failure and Indication for Autologous Transplantation in Patients with Catastrophes after Bariatric Procedures by Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD
•    Special Lecture: Abdominal Obesity, Visceral Fat and a New Metabolic Index for Metabolic Diseases by Sungsoo Park, MD

Live surgery day
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Course highlights:
•    Re-operative Foregut and Bariatric Surgery
•    Pancreatic and Robotic Surgery
•    Paraesophageal Hernia Repair

For complete agenda, symposium, and hotel information, please visit

FUNDING: No funding was provided.

DISCLOSURES: The author reports no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article.


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