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

19 – 21, March 2020
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Welcome Message

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.

In addition, this year the content will be expanded to include new topics including breast surgery and robotic surgery, in line with feedback from participants and new services at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

The DDI Symposium will consist of diverse lectures and break-out sessions with lively debates by leading local and international experts from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Cleveland Clinic Ohio, and other international academic medical centers. We expect over 300 delegates, who will be provided with ample opportunities for interactive participation and discussion. The program is designed to showcase the latest in medical, surgical, minimally invasive, robotic, and endoscopic therapies.

The Diabetes, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Diseases Summit 2020 will be a multidisciplinary, comprehensive program that aims to provide participants with the newest data-driven therapies to treat obesity and metabolic diseases. The program is specifically developed to allow for the exchange of new data and treatment strategies available to address the broad-spectrum of metabolic diseases associated with obesity. DOCS 2020 will consist of diverse lectures and breakout sessions with lively debates by leading local and international experts from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, and other leading international academic medical centers. We expect over 200 participants comprised of physicians including internists, family practitioners, general practitioners, obesity medicine specialists, endocrinologists, cardiologists, general and bariatric surgeons, dietitians, nutritionists, psychiatrists, exercise physiologists and other providers involved in the multidisciplinary care of patients with obesity.

These events will be a platform for professional networking amongst faculty, delegates and exhibitors from the United Arab Emirates and abroad.

On behalf of the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, welcome and we wish you an enjoyable and productive time at the conference.


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