4th Annual International Digestive Disease Symposium
3rd Annual Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease Summit (DOCS)

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi


Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our combined meeting of the Digestive Disease Institute 4th International Symposium (DDI 2020) and the 3rd Diabetes, Obesity & Cardiovascular Disease International Symposium (DOCS 2020), taking place on March 19-21, 2020 at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Based on the success of last year, we are holding again both meetings in succession. The feedback from attendees was very positive, and we expect that this set-up will allow us to maximize the educational material and reach a larger audience with a greater cross-section of topics.

The DDI Symposium aims to provide its participants with the latest, evidence based and state-of-the-art lectures addressing a spectrum of common and complex topics. This scientific program is specifically developed to present up to date, data driven management of a variety of conditions including medical and surgical approaches to: liver and pancreatic diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal disorders, gastrointestinal oncology, colorectal disorders, metabolic and bariatric surgery, hernia repair, general gastroenterology, and nutritional conditions.

Matthew Kroh, MD
Institute Chair
Digestive Disease Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Sigurbjorn Birgisson, MD
Scientific Program Chair
Digestive Disease Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Ricard Corcelles, MD
Scientific Program Chair
Digestive Disease Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

4th Annual International
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3rd Annual Diabetes,
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DAY 1: 19th MARCH 2020 | THURSDAY

8:00 - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 - 9:45 am Opening Session
Venue: Auditorium
9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome Remarks
Matthew Kroh, Symposium Chair, DDI Symposium & DOCS 2019
9:15 - 9:45 am Keynote Lecture: Patient-centered Health Care Delivery. A Global Prospective
Rakesh Suri
9:45 - 10:15 am Coffee Break and Transition
10:15 - 12:15 pm Nursing and Dietetics Forum
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Matthew Kroh and Diana Tannous
Updates in Gastroenterology
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Zaher Koutoubi and Saira Butt
10:15 - 10:30 am Evolution of Tertiary Care Referral Centre Nursing Prospective
Abeer Ablooshi
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Evidence Based Updates & DOH guidelines
Aydamir Alrakawi
10:30 - 10:45 am Clinical Nurse Coordinator: An evolving role in nursing
Diana Khankan
Non-Endoscopic CRC Screening Tests: What is the evidence?
Cristobal Moreno
10:45 - 11:00 am Enteral Nutrition in Crohn’s Disease
Sana AlZaafaralli
Fluids in acute pancreatitis
Noe Vazquez
11:00 - 11:15 am Managing IBS in Patients after Bariatric Surgery
Ghina Hamaoui
New Trends in Bariatric Surgery for Non-Surgeons
Carlos Abril
11:15 - 11:30 am Program Coordinator in Nursing: New option for bringing care to our Patients
Roland Ortiz
GI Tract failure, Rehabilitation, and Intestinal Transplantation: Where are we in 2020?
Abdullah Shatnawei
11:30 - 11:45 am Nutritional management of Severe Vitamin Deficiency post-Bariatric Surgery
Asma Alnuaimi
Women’s GI Health: what clinicians should focus on to optimize outcomes?
Pascale Anglade
11:45 - 12:00 pm Magnet Status Achievement for Nursing Excellence
Cipriano Mayor
Non-gastrointestinal sources of abdominal and pelvic pain: A gynecologic surgeon’s perspective
Jean Uy-Kroh
12:00 - 12:30 pm Q & A panel Q & A panel
12:30 - 1:00 pm Non-CME Session / Prayer time
Venue: Ballroom B
1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 pm Liver Diseases and Transplantation
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Mahmoud Omar and Mohammad Jamal
Trending Topics in Foregut Disease
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Abdulmanan Khaskheli and Khaled Hamdan
2:00 - 2:15 pm Liver Transplantation in 2020: Recent advances & Future perspectives
Antonio Pinna
Pneumatic dilation in foregut conditions
Sigurbjorn Birgisson
2:15 - 2:30 pm Liver Transplantation in the UAE: the CCAD experience
Shiva Kumar
POEM for Achalasia in 2020: A New Standard?
Matthew Kroh
2:30 - 2:45 pm Noninvasive evaluation of NAFLD: Current status & future perspectives
Ahmed Mansour
Updates on GERD & Eosinophilic Esophagitis- Medications, and Beyond
Osama Yousef
2:45 - 3:00 pm Acute on Chronic Liver Failure: An Intensivist’s perspective
Baraa Abdul Jawad
Emerging Endoscopic Technologies for Gastroparesis
Michael Kingler
3:00 - 3:15 pm Role of Imaging in Liver Disease: What the non-Radiologist needs to know
Numan Balci
Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection: Applications & Outcomes
Ammar Kheir
3:00 - 3:15 pm Q & A panel Q & A panel
3:30 - 4:00 pm Coffee Break / Prayer time
4:00 - 5:30 pm All Things Robotic & New Technologies
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Lameese Tabaja and Gabriel Del Gobbo
New Horizons in Nursing
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Guus Jansen and Alexandra Diaz
4:00 - 4:15 pm Innovative Technologies: Robotics and Magnetics in Surgery
Matthew Kroh
Robotic surgery: Lessons Learned at CCAD
Jecymin David
4:15 - 4:30 pm Open versus Lap versus Robotic inguinal hernia repair: What is the data?
Brian Jacobs
Significance of bowel preparation quality
Valsala Visno
4:30 - 4:45 pm Robotics in Foregut Surgery
Ricard Corcelles
Infection control in endoscopy
Adelaide D’Souza
4:45 - 5:00 pm Complementary Technologies: Role of ICG
Raul Rosenthal
5:00 - 5:30 pm Q & A panel
5:30 pm Adjourn Day 1

DAY 2: 20th MARCH 2020 | FRIDAY

8:00 - 8:30 am Registration
8:25 - 9:00 am Opening Session
Venue: Auditorium
8:25 - 8:30 am Welcome Remarks
Matthew Kroh, Symposium Chair, DDI Symposium & DOCS 2019
8:30 - 9:00 am Keynote Lecture: Social Media and Medicine in 2020
Brian Jacob
9:00 - 10:30 am All Things Hernia
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Michael Kingler and Brian Jacob
Colorectal Surgery
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Shafik Sidani and Gurjeet Gulati
9:00 - 9:15 am Impact of Quality Collaborative in Hernia Surgery
Bret Cardwell
Development of a Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery Program
Suviraj John
9:15 - 9:30 am How do I learn what’s new in Hernia Surgery?
Brian Jacob
Robotics in Colorectal Surgery
Shafik Sidani
9:30 - 9:45 am Laparoscopic Hernia Repair: Still the best approach?
Homero Rivas
What Should I be Doing for Hemorrhoids in 2020?
Lameese Tabaja
9:45 - 10:00 am Obesity and Hernia
Javed Raza
Pelvic floor Dysfunction
Valentina Giaccaglia
10:00 - 10:30 am Q & A panel Q & A panel
10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 pm Update on Breast Diseases
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Rafal Badri and Elie Choufani
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Ammar Kheir, Abdul Sattar
11:00 - 11:15 am Updates on Breast Cancer: What’s New in 2020?
Stephen Grobmeyer
Inflammatory bowel disease at CCAD and the role of IBD nurse in the management of IBD patients
Zaher Koutoubi
Dorevie Palon
11:15 - 11:30 am Medical Management of Breast Cancer
Elie Choufani
Biosimilars & Drug level monitoring in IBD: What the Clinician needs to know
Mohammed Badre Alam
11:30 - 11:45 am Current Approach to Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Management
Ahmad Maltalkah
When do We Operate? Surgical Interventions in IBD
Shafik Sidani
11:45 - 12:00 pm Q & A panel Q & A panel
12:00 - 2:00 pm Friday Prayers and Lunch
2:00 - 2:30 pm Non-CME Session
Venue: Ballroom B
2:30 - 4:00 pm DOCS
Session 1: Health Implications and Perspectives of Obesity and Diabetes
Venue: Auditorium
Moderators: Hussein Saadi and Matthew Kroh
New Therapies in Liver, Pancreatic & Biliary Diseases

Venue: Ballroom A
Moderators: Najat Amharar and Refai Ruba
2:30 - 2:45 pm Impact on Population Health: Medical and Financial Implications.
Ronney Shantouf
Endoscopic Gallbladder Drainage?
Aydamir Alrakawi
2:45 - 3:00 pm The Burden of Diabetes
Hussein Saadi
What’s new in loco-regional therapy of Hepatocellular Carcinoma?
Hicham Abada
3:00 - 3:15 pm Evaluation of the Obese Patient
Rahat Ghazanfar
Outcomes after Common Bile Duct Injury
Naveed Ahmed
3:15 - 3:30 pm Interdisciplinary Medical Treatment of Obesity: CCF experience
Barto Burguera
Endoscopic Therapy for Ampullary and Duodenal Adenomas
Amer Al Khatib
3:30 - 4:00 pm Q & A panel Q & A panel
4:00 - 4:30 pm Coffee Break
4:30 - 5:30 pm DOCS
Venue: Auditorium
Session 2: Lifestyle Interventions
Moderators: Matthew Kroh and Nicole Sirotin
Great Debates: Controversies in Digestive Diseases in 2020
Venue: Ballroom B
Moderators: Ricard Corcelles and Hiam Mohammed
4:30 - 4:45 pm Nutrition Considerations in Pancreatic Insufficiency’
Ranim Kaddoura
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Controversies in Case Management:
Zaher Koutoubi and Suviraj John
4:45 - 5:00 pm Healthy Shopping and Cooking- A Chef’s Approach
Patrick Biscoff
Pancreatic Cystic Lesions: Surveillance or Surgery?
Amer Al Khatib and Naveed Ahmed
5:00 - 5:15 pm Nutritional Management of Pregnancy after Bariatric Surgery
Nayla Mezher
What’s best Treatment for Diabetes: The Pill or the Knife?
Mohammad Jamal and Bartolome Burguera
5:15 - 5:30 pm Q & A panel Q & A panel

DAY 3: 21st MARCH 2020 | SATURDAY

7:15 - 8:00 am Registration
7:45 - 8:00 am Opening Session
Venue: Auditorium
8:55 - 9:00 am Welcome Remarks
Matthew Kroh, Symposium Chair, DDI Symposium & DOCS 2020
9:00 - 11:30 am Session 3: All About Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
Moderators: Javed Raza and Safwan Taha
9:00 - 9:20 am Primer for the General Practitioner: Pre- and Post-Operative Considerations of Diet, Vitamins, and Medical Management
Rahat Ghazanfar
9:20 - 9:35 am What’s New in Bariatric Surgery
Mohamad Al Hadad
9:35 - 9:50 am Endoscopic Approaches for Treatment of Metabolic Disease
Matthew Kroh
9:50 - 10:10 am Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease and the Impact of Bariatric Interventions
Raul Rosenthal
10:10 - 10:25 am Weight Regain after Bariatric Surgery: A Dietician’s Perspective
Lamis Elderbi
10:25 - 10:40 am Weigh Regain after Bariatric Surgery: A Surgeon’s Perspective
Patrick Noel
10:40 - 11:00 am Panel Discussion and Questions
11:00 - 11:30 am Non-CME Session
Venue: Ballroom
11:30 - 1:00 pm Lunch / Prayer Time
1:00 - 1:30 pm Session 4: Co-Morbid Disease of Obesity
Moderators: Carlos Abril and Mohammed Abdallah
1:00 - 1:20 pm Weight Centric Approach to Diabetes Management
Bartolome Burguera
1:20 - 1:40 pm Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Current understanding and recent advances
Jose Such
1:40 - 2:00 pm The Psychological Burden of Obesity
Mario Aon
2:00 - 2:30 pm Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease for the Generalist
Hani Sabbour
2:30 - 3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:00 - 5:00 pm Session 5: Putting It All Together Comprehensive Care for Our Patients
Moderators: Ricard Corcelles and Bartolome Burguera
3:00 - 3:15 pm Lifestyle Interventions: An underappreciated early opportunity to intervene
Nicole Sirotin
3:15 - 3:30 pm The Emerging Epidemic of Childhood Obesity
Nadeem Abdullah
3:30 - 3:45 pm Obesity and Cancer
Raul Rosenthal
3:45 - 4:00 pm My Personal Journey: Bariatric Surgery and Its Effect on My Life- Voice of the Patients
4:00 - 4:30 pm Panel Discussion, Questions, and Wrap-Up
4:30 pm Adjourn Day 3


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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, is a multispecialty hospital and academic medical center in the heart of the UAE capital. The 364-bed facility offers access to state-of the art complex and critical care services tailored to the specific needs of the regional population.


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