SAGES http://www.sages.org Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:45:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SAGES University Video Contest Winners Announcedhttp://www.sages.org/slider/sages-university-video-contest-winners-announced/ http://www.sages.org/slider/sages-university-video-contest-winners-announced/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:44:33 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=47336 SAGES is pleased to announce that Miranda Forbes and Megan Rutkai, in partnership with Dr. Adrian Park and his team at the James and Sylvia Earl SAIL Center, are the official winners of the SAGES University Video Contest.  Dr. Park, SAGES 2nd Vice President, and his team at Anne Arundel Medical Center, collaborated with South River […]

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SAGES U WinnersSAGES is pleased to announce that Miranda Forbes and Megan Rutkai, in partnership with Dr. Adrian Park and his team at the James and Sylvia Earl SAIL Center, are the official winners of the SAGES University Video Contest.  Dr. Park, SAGES 2nd Vice President, and his team at Anne Arundel Medical Center, collaborated with South River High Schools “Global Communications and Public Affairs” program out of Annapolis Maryland to develop and produce their  video. In response to the request, the school connected the two high school sophomores with the team.

AAMC Internship Awards Certificate & Check Megan Rukai and Miranda Forbesand will also be presented at the SAGES meeting:

More about SAGES University:

  1. 100% of SAGES University Alumni recommend it to other SAGES Members!
  2. SAGES University is a free educational tool available at http://university.sages.org/ to SAGES members only.
  3. SAGES University courses offer self-assessment credits, which may be used towards fulfilling Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.

Video Credits:

  • Special thanks to South River High School’s “Global Communications and Public Affairs” Signature Program  (Anne Arundel County Maryland) for partnering with Dr. Park on this effort.
  • Technical Advisors:  Ivan George, Director Earl SAIL Center, and Hamid “Reza” Zahiri, MD,  Linda Lamon, MS,  South River HS
  • Executive Director, Editor & Producer: Megan Rutkai, South River HS
  • Writers: Megan Rutkai, South River HS, Miranda Forbes, South River HS, Kevin Keegan, South River HS, Ivan George, Anne Arundel Medical Center/ Earl SAIL Center
  • Corresponding Author:  Ivan George, Director Earl SAIL Center
  • Music/Art/Camera Director:  Miranda Forbes, South River HS
  • Site / Effect Director: Ivan George, Director Earl SAIL Center
  • Narration: Emil Gallina

Actors:

Arian Park , MD                 Adrian Park
“Reza” Zahiri, MD              Primary Fellow
Udai Sibia, MD                   Cake baker
Keith Terry                         Anesthesiologist
Ann Casamento                Yoga participant
Ivan George                      Yoga participant
Abby Mandelblatt              hallway student

Site:

Shot at The James and Sylvia Earl SAIL Center of the Anne Arundel Medical Center of Annapolis MD

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Top Surgeons to Convene for SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting, April 15th – 18thhttp://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/top-surgeons-to-convene-for-sages-2015-annual-meeting-april-15th-18th/ http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/top-surgeons-to-convene-for-sages-2015-annual-meeting-april-15th-18th/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:14:08 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=47268 The Science Behind Diabetes Therapy, FDA Advisory on Duodenoscopes Panel Discussion and Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Among Topics Featured - Once a year the world’s top surgeons convene to advance the future of minimally invasive surgery at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). According to Dr. L. Michael Brunt, SAGES […]

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The Science Behind Diabetes Therapy, FDA Advisory on Duodenoscopes Panel Discussion and Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Among Topics Featured -
Once a year the world’s top surgeons convene to advance the future of minimally invasive surgery at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). According to Dr. L. Michael Brunt, SAGES President, “This year’s meeting, ‘Promoting a Universal Culture of Innovation, Safety and Improved Outcomes in GI Surgery,’ will continue a long-standing tradition of strong didactic sessions by experts, combined with exploration of innovative technology and medical breakthroughs in the fields of general, upper GI, colorectal, endoscopic, robotic and minimally invasive surgery (MIS).” The meeting will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, TN, April 15th though April 18th.Chaired by Drs. Aurora Pryor and Michael D. Holzman, the meeting will be jointly held with the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) and will highlight approaches to GI disease in a pediatric and adolescent population. It will also feature the SAGES Military Surgical Symposium. The conference is expected to draw more than 2,000 surgeons and allied health professionals and will include hands-on courses and scientific sessions on various advances in MIS and tours of the learning center with new simulators and simulations scenarios.The exhibit hall will feature the latest equipment and instruments in the field, many of which are debuted at the meeting. Additionally, as part of SAGES mission to promote global collaboration and exchange of knowledge, multiple sessions will be webcast to over 21 countries worldwide to over 2,000 participants in partnership with other leading surgical organizations.  A Mini Medical School for high school students, featuring robotic helicopters and video games that help decrease errors, will allow students to show that they have the “right stuff” to join the future ranks of laparoscopic surgeons.In light of an outbreak of drug-resistant superbugs at UCLA linked to ERCP duodenoscopes, SAGES has added a new panel titled “FDA Advisory on Duodenoscopes” to be chaired by President-Elect Dr. Brian Dunkin and SAGES Member Dr. Michael Kochman. “This panel will cover issues surrounding high-level disinfection of duodenoscopes, how surgeons can recognize potential endoscope infection transmission issues and steps that can be taken to prevent future transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms by a reprocessed instrument,” said Dr. Dunkin.Additional conference highlights will include: Wednesday, April 15th:

  • FDA Advisory on Duodenoscopes
  • Current Common Dilemmas in Colorectal Surgery
  • Lessons Learned from Around the World
  • Peri-Operative Care – Evidence Based Practice in 2015
  • Inguinal Hernia Debates
  • Colorectal Strategies to Minimize the Impact of Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery – Balancing Innovation and Quality
  • GI Cancer Management

Thursday, April 16th:

  • The Science Behind Diabetes Therapy
  • Open to MIS – What is Taking Us So Long?
  • Humanitarian Lecture, “Global Surgery: Levering Laparoscopy to Improve Overall Surgical Care” with Keynote Speaker Dr. Horacio Asbun
  • Karl Storz Lecture “No Shortcuts to the Top-Climbing the World’s Highest Peaks” with Keynote Speaker Ed Viesturs
  • Avoiding Bile Duct Injury and Other Untoward Outcomes
  • Adolescent Bariatric Surgery – What Every Surgeon Should Know (joint with IPEG)

 Friday, April 17th:

  • Adolescent Achalasia
  • Presidential Address “A SAGES Magical Mystery Tour” with Keynote Speaker Dr. L. Michael Brunt
  • Gerald Marks Lecture “Surgical Residency Redesign:  What Needs to Change?” with Keynote Speaker Frank Lewis
  • Debates on Quality and Technology in Healthcare
  • Maximizing Patient Care in Emergency General Surgery
  • SAGES SMART™ Program
  • Lessons Learned from Military Surgery

Saturday, April 18th:

  • SAGES Mini Medical School Boot Camp and Interactive Experience
  • Building and Optimizing a Surgical Practice
  • Simulation and Telerobotics – Partnering with the Military

For more information about the 2015 meeting visit www.sages2015.org or download the SAGES 2015 Meeting App from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store or as a native Kindle Fire App.

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The application is now closed.

For more information please visit www.sages2015.org/scholarship/

  • Deadline to Apply and Submit Essay was: Friday, February 6, 2015
  • The Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in medical schools in the US and Canada. To enter, applicants must submit a 500 word essay explaining why they should be selected to attend the SAGES Annual Meeting.
  • shutterstock_126212801Three medical students will be awarded with complimentary registration to the 2015 SAGES Meeting, a check in the amount of $2,000, an award certificate, and recognition during the meeting. Winners will also be matched with a SAGES Member Mentor during the meeting.
  • To learn more about the submission requirements, selection process and details about the award, please visit http://www.sages2015.org/scholarship/

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SAGES Gives Back: Sign Up Now For Volunteer Opportunities in Nashvillehttp://www.sages.org/blog/sages-gives-back-sign-up-now-for-volunteer-opportunities-in-nashville/ http://www.sages.org/blog/sages-gives-back-sign-up-now-for-volunteer-opportunities-in-nashville/#respond Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:30:52 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=47029 The Humanitarian Committee has initiated two volunteer opportunities with local Nashville nonprofits – the Renewal House and the Nashville Rescue Mission. SAGES members and their families will have the unique opportunity to provide service in the host community. Please join us and volunteer by emailing Cynthia Zarate at cynthia@sages.org or visiting the registration desk during […]

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The Humanitarian Committee has initiated two volunteer opportunities with local Nashville nonprofits – the Renewal House and the Nashville Rescue Mission. SAGES members and their families will have the unique opportunity to provide service in the host community. Please join us and volunteer by emailing Cynthia Zarate at cynthia@sages.org or visiting the registration desk during the conference.

Renewal House “Celebrating Families” Luncheon
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

Renewal House is Nashville’s first, largest and most comprehensive family-centered recovery community for woman and their children. Since 1996 more than 650 mothers and their children have experienced new beginnings. For more information on the organization, please visit their website: www.renewalhouse.org or you can view a video on this program here: http://bit.ly/1C1pbY2

Volunteers will help host the “Celebrating Families” luncheon and provide participants with small gifts.

Registration is limited to 15 participants. Lunch and transportation will be provided to all participants.


Nashville Rescue Mission

Nashville Rescue Mission – Preparing and Serving Lunch
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

The Nashville Rescue Mission offers food, clothing and shelter to homeless families. They serve over 770,000 meals per year and provide more than 330,000 nights of safe shelter. For more information on the organization, please visit their website: www.nashvillerescuemission.org

Volunteers will assist with preparing and serving lunch to women and children residing at the Women’s campus. SAGES will also donate small gifts to the Family Center.

Registration is limited to 15 participants. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old to participate. Lunch and transportation will be provided to all participants.

Nashville Rescue Mission

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Design of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Duodenoscopes May Impede Effective Cleaning: FDA Safety Communicationhttp://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/design-of-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography-ercp-duodenoscopes-may-impede-effective-cleaning-fda-safety-communication/ http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/design-of-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography-ercp-duodenoscopes-may-impede-effective-cleaning-fda-safety-communication/#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:54:09 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=46870 In light of an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria at UCLA linked to ERCP duodenoscopes, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a new alert available at: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm434871.htm At the forefront of best practices in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery, SAGES is committed to researching, developing and disseminating the guidelines and training for standards of practice in […]

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In light of an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria at UCLA linked to ERCP duodenoscopes, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a new alert available at: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm434871.htm

At the forefront of best practices in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery, SAGES is committed to researching, developing and disseminating the guidelines and training for standards of practice in surgical procedures. SAGES recently issued the following notification: Gastroenterology Societies Discuss Patient Safety in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

In addition, please refer to the SAGES co-endorsed ASGE guideline Infection Control During GI Endoscopy

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FES, FLS And FUSE Test Appointments Are Now Available For SAGES 2015!http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/fes-fls-fuse-test-appointments-sages-2015/ http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/fes-fls-fuse-test-appointments-sages-2015/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:16 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=46642 Testing will take place in the SAGES Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center at the following times: Wednesday, April 15  8am – 5pm Thursday, April 16 8am – 5pm Friday, April 17 8am – 12pm For more information or to purchase your test voucher and schedule your appointment please click on […]

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Testing will take place in the SAGES Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center at the following times:

Wednesday, April 15 8am – 5pm
Thursday, April 16 8am – 5pm
Friday, April 17 8am – 12pm

For more information or to purchase your test voucher and schedule your appointment please click on the relevant link below:

FES –  http://www.fesprogram.org/testing-information/sages-annual-meeting-2015-2/
FLS –  http://www.flsprogram.org/testing-information/sages-annual-meeting-2015-2/
FUSE –  http://www.fuseprogram.org/testing-information/sages-annual-meeting-2015/

Read about how the FUSE Program is making surgery safer in the Wall Street Journal

For the first time ever, you can now take the FUSE exam at Surgical Education Week.  The FUSE exam will be given at The Westin Seattle on Saturday, April 25 from 8am – 6pm.  For more information please click here: http://www.fuseprogram.org/testing-information/surgical-education-week/

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SAGES 2015 Meeting Highlightshttp://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/sages-2015-meeting-highlights/ http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/sages-2015-meeting-highlights/#respond Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:40:23 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=46539 SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting: April 15-18, 2015 Promoting a Universal Culture of Innovation, Safety, and Improved Outcomes in GI Surgery Register and Book Your Hotel Now for the SAGES 2015 Meeting in Nashville! Rooms at the Opryland Hotel (a Marriott Hotel) are going fast!  Don’t wait until the last minute to register.  Pre-Registration Deadline: March […]

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SAGES 2015 Annual Meeting: April 15-18, 2015
Promoting a Universal Culture of Innovation, Safety, and Improved Outcomes in GI Surgery

Register and Book Your Hotel Now for the SAGES 2015 Meeting in Nashville! Rooms at the Opryland Hotel (a Marriott Hotel) are going fast!  Don’t wait until the last minute to register.  Pre-Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015 at Midnight PST.

https://www.sages.org/meetings/registration/    

Featuring Plenary talks by world famous mountaineer Ed Viesturs (Storz Lecture) and Executive Director of American Board of Surgery, Dr. Frank Lewis (Marks Lecture).

View the full program here:

http://bit.ly/SAGES2015PDF

Limited space still available for all hands-on labs! (Endoscopic Management of Complications, Minimal Access Tricks and Techniques, All Things Hernia).  Consider adding SAGES ADOPT to your Hernia course registration:

  • 1 year long program to help you implement these new techniques/skills into practice
  • 1:2 faculty to attendee ratio in the lab
  • only available for the Hernia course!

http://www.sages.org/sages-adopt-program/

Onsite Childcare Service – Bringing your kids to Nashville?  Sign them up for Camp SAGES!  Visit http://www.sages2015.org/child-care-sages-2015-camp-sages/ for details and to register.

Mini-Med School – Boot camp available for High School students on Saturday, Apr. 18, 8am-1pm to explore the world of medicine and minimally invasive surgery. Signup at http://www.sages2015.org/program-registration/mini-med-school/

Spouses’ Breakfast – Included with guest registration. A great way for your guestto meet other spouses and conference attendees.  Encourage them to join us on Thursday, Apr. 16 at 9am.

SAGES Gives Back: Two Opportunities to Volunteer in Nashville

Register yourself and your guests for humanitarian activities. You may register online or at the registration booth.

  • On Thursday, April 16 come out and host the “Celebrating Families” luncheon at the Renewal House. Renewal House is Nashville’s first, largest and most comprehensive family-centered recovery community for women and children.
  • On Friday, April 17 join as we volunteer to serve a nutritious lunch to women and children staying at the Women’s campus at the Nashville Rescue Mission. The Nashville Rescue Mission offers food, clothing and shelter to homeless families.

Don’t Miss SAGES Main Event and  Legendary Sing-Off at the Wildhorse Saloon Friday Evening, April 17!  The Wildhorse Saloon is a country/western-themed restaurant, live music venue, and dance club located in downtown Nashville. The Wildhorse consists of three levels, the top two levels overlook the dance floor and stage. Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating SAGES!

Download the SAGES 2015 Meeting App

http://www.sages2015.org/get-the-app/

http://www.sages2015.org/personal-meeting-planner/ 

  • Customize your meeting schedule – Use the Personal Meeting Planner to plan from your desktop computer and export to Outlook or PDF
  • Search all sessions, speakers, abstracts, exhibitors
  • Take notes and email a complete post-conference report
  • Participate on Twitter using the #SAGES2015 hashtag automatically!
  • And more…

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Gastroenterology Societies Discuss Patient Safety in Gastrointestinal Endoscopyhttp://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/gastroenterology-societies-discuss-patient-safety-gastrointestinal-endoscopy/ http://www.sages.org/sages-breaking-news/gastroenterology-societies-discuss-patient-safety-gastrointestinal-endoscopy/#respond Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:13:07 +0000 http://www.sages.org/?p=46307 Patient safety is a primary concern for gastrointestinal endoscopists. You may have recently heard or read about the spread of infection of difficult bacteria, called CRE, through a procedure called ERCP. The following information provides background information and explains important concepts. What is ERCP? ERCP stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. It is an advanced highly […]

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Patient safety is a primary concern for gastrointestinal endoscopists. You may have recently heard or read about the spread of infection of difficult bacteria, called CRE, through a procedure called ERCP. The following information provides background information and explains important concepts.

What is ERCP?

ERCP stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. It is an advanced highly technical endoscopic procedure.

The vast majority of people will never have an ERCP. For patients who do need it, ERCP is a critical and potentially life-saving procedure.

ERCP is performed using a special device called a duodenoscope. The duodenoscope is different from what is used in routine upper endoscopy or colonoscopy.

ERCP allows gastrointestinal endoscopists to diagnose and treat problems in the bile ducts and pancreatic ducts such as stones, narrowing (called strictures) and even complete blockages of a duct. The bile ducts and pancreatic ducts are the channels that carry fluids from the liver and pancreas to the intestine.

Before an ERCP, the gastrointestinal endoscopist will discuss the benefits and risks of this procedure with the patient and/or family members.

What is CRE bacteria?

CRE stands for Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). Some have referred to this germ as a “superbug” because it has become resistant to most available antibiotics. CRE is a challenge for all specialties of medicine, including gastroenterology.

How common is infection by CRE bacteria through ERCP?

It is estimated that more than 500,000 ERCPs are performed each year in the US. From what we know, over the past few years, there have been fewer than 100 known cases of transmission of these problematic bacteria through ERCP.

In general, the infectious complication rate for ERCP overall is in total only about 1 percent, but that includes all types of bacteria and these few CRE cases do not change the overall risk.

How did CRE bacteria spread in these few cases?

As mentioned, ERCP is a highly advanced procedure that requires a specialized device called a duodenoscope. At this point, it is believed that the complex design of the duodenoscope may present a challenge for high-level disinfection of the device.

What we do know is that, when manufacturers’ guidelines for cleaning duodenoscopes are followed, the risk of transmission is extremely low. Of course, all procedures carry infection risks.

It is important to note that there have been no known cases of transmission of CRE bacteria with endoscopes used in routine endoscopy, such as colonoscopy.

What is being done to improve patient safety?

Patient safety is always our number one concern. This is an important issue for gastrointestinal experts. We share the public’s concerns.

First, we have made gastroenterologists and surgeons who perform ERCP aware of the potential for infection by CRE bacteria through ERCP. Second, we have urged increased vigilance around cleaning these highly specialized instruments and strict adherence to manufacturers’ guidelines and infection control guidelines.

We have also encouraged hospitals and other facilities to conduct periodic assessments of their disinfection procedures and practices. Additionally, we have urged these facilities to ensure the competency of all staff involved in disinfecting these devices.

Unfortunately, simple answers are not readily available. The gastroenterology societies continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), manufacturers and other groups to evaluate and address this complex issue.

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About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 13,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

About the AGA Institute

The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization. www.gastro.org.

About the American College of Gastroenterology

Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 12,000 individuals from 80 countries. The College is committed to serving the clinically oriented digestive disease specialist through its emphasis on scholarly practice, teaching and research. The mission of the College is to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality, scientifically sound, humanistic, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients. www.gi.org.

About the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

AASLD is the leading organization of scientists and healthcare professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease. AASLD was founded in 1950 by a small group of leading liver specialists and has grown to an international society responsible for all aspects of hepatology. Information about AASLD is available at www.aasld.org.

About SAGES

The mission of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. SAGES was founded in 1981 and represents over 6000 surgeons worldwide. www.sages.org

Contacts:

Jennifer Michalek
ASGE
630-570-5632
jmichalek@asge.org
Jessica Duncan
AGA Institute
301-654-2055, ext 625 phone
media@gastro.org
Greg Bologna
AASLD
703-299-9766
gbologna@aasld.org
Jacqueline Gaulin
ACG
301-263-9000
mediaonly@gi.org
Mary Cohen
SAGES
310-437-0544
mary@sages.org

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