6th Annual Long Island Live Endoscopy Course New Frontiers in Endoscopy

6th Annual Long Island Live Endoscopy Course
New Frontiers in Endoscopy
POEM, ESD, Full-thickness resection, Suturing, Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery & more
Friday, February 28, 2014, 7:30am – 6:00pm
Optional hands-on lab with the faculty. “POEM, ESD & Endoscopic Suturing with the masters”. Saturday, March 1st, 8:00am-1:00pm
Garden City Hotel, Garden City, NY
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Course Director:
Stavros N. Stavropoulos, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Invited Guest Faculty:
Christopher J. Gostout, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Haruhiro Inoue, Showa University, Yokohama, Japan
Alessandro Repici, IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Rozzano, Milan, Italy
Christopher C. Thompson, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Pinghong Zhou, Zhongshan Hospital, Shanghai, China

Activity Summary:
The guiding principle for Long Island Live has been the exploration of new frontiers of endoscopy and exposure of participants to novel and disruptive technologies and techniques that may shape the future of endoscopy. The 2014 course will build on the success of last year’s course which included live demonstrations of three POEMs, an EFTR (endoscopic full thickness resection) of a GIST, colonic and gastric ESDs for early cancers, a Zenker’s diverticulotomy and a challenging STER (submucosal tunnel endoscopic resection) of a 4 cm leiomyoma located near the upper esophageal sphincter and in contact with the aorta and pulmonary artery! The thirteen live cases performed in one day (in addition to six lectures) prompted Haru Inoue to comment that “these were the hardest and most advanced cases ever done as part of a live endoscopy course”. Chris Gostout commented that this was “the most unique live course on the globe from the perspective of demonstrating where interventional endoscopy can and should be going”. All lectures and live case videos from the 2013 course have been archived on the web at www.WinthropEndoscopy.org. This year’s course will bring together again a “dream- team” of resection masters: Chris Gostout, whose team invented Submucosal Endoscopy; Haru Inoue from Japan, one of the fathers of ESD and performer of the first human POEM; Pinghong Zhou from China, an ESD master and pioneer of the full thickness resection techniques of STER and EFTR with the largest POEM volume in the world at over 1000 POEMs and Alessandro Repici from Italy a European ESD master with extensive experience in colonic ESD. These resection visionaries will review and demonstrate live these ground-breaking techniques. We plan an “encore” of last year’s very successful “POEM simultané” with Inoue, Zhou and Stavropoulos performing three POEMs simultaneously to demonstrate current technique variations followed by cases of ESD, EFTR and STER. The course’s central theme will again be procedures that we perceive as “short-range NOTES” as they involve full thickness operations on the wall of the GI tract rather than operations at distant organs (such as the gallbladder) as envisioned in traditional NOTES that failed to gain traction. Staying on this theme, we will also have a live demonstration of a novel bariatric NOTES procedure, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, by bariatric endoscopy master Chris Thompson. New this year, for a small group of select participants, we are offering an optional hands-on lab, “POEM, ESD & Endoscopic Suturing with the masters” on Saturday, March 1 from 8:00a – 1:00p. Participants will have the opportunity to receive instruction on models specifically developed for ESD and POEM training by Asian and US masters at a low teacher-trainee ratio that permits extensive interaction with the faculty. The course is organized by Winthrop University Hospital, one of only a handful of US centers with extensive ESD and POEM experience, one of few training centers for ESD and POEM and the site of the first human POEM, EFTR and STER procedures in the US. The course venue is located within a 30-40 minute drive from all major New York airports and Manhattan.

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