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Program Agenda

Scientific Program Agenda

As of September 7, 2018





Saturday, September 8, 2018




7:00 AM

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit Exhibits

Thyroid & Parathyroid




SESSION 1: Thyroid & Parathyroid




7:20 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Kandil


7:30 AM

What’s Different on the Current Guidelines for Workup of Thyroid Nodules (PDF)

Dr. Xing


8:00 AM

Panel on Guidelines and Currently Available Commercial Molecular Markers for Thyroid Nodules (PDF)

Moderator: Dr Xing

Panel: Drs. Habra, Sholl, and  Tufano 


8:45 AM

Introduction of the Lecture in Honor of Dr. Debakey (PDF)

Dr. Aslam


8:55 AM

Fourth Annual Tulane Lecture in Honor of
Dr. Michael Debakey:

Management of Substernal Goiters and Difficult Airways (PDF)

Dr. Terris


9:30 AM

Refreshment Break and Visit Exhibits


SESSION 2: Thyroid & Parathyroid

Moderator: Dr.  Russell



9:45 AM

Pre-operative Imaging for Thyroid Cancer (PDF)

Dr. Tufano


10:00 AM

Video Presentation of Central Lymph Node Dissection

Dr. Tufano


10:15 AM

Post-Operative Surveillance for Thyroid Cancer (PDF)

Dr. Habra


10:30 AM

New Technology for Thyroid Surgery (PDF)

Dr. Kandil


10:50 AM

Thyroid Tumor Board Case Presentations (PDF)

Moderator: Dr. Habra

Panel: Drs. Habra, Terris and Xing


12:00 PM

Lunch Break and Visit Exhibits


Bariatric Endoscopy Symposium




SESSION 3: Endoscopic Treatments for Weight Loss

Moderators: Drs. DuCoin and Kurian



12:30 PM

Overview and Introduction

Dr. DuCoin


12:35 PM

Indications for Intragastric Balloons and What Patient is the Best Choice (PDF)

Dr. Moore


12:50 PM

Intragastric Balloon Complications and How to Manage (PDF)

Dr. Billy



1:00 PM

What is Your Intragastric Balloon of Choice and Why?

Panel: Drs. Moore and Billy

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM

Basics of Ultrasound; Dr. Aslam

1:20 PM – 1:45 PM Ultrasound of Thyroid, Parathyroid, Cervical Lymph Nodes and Vocal Cords; Dr. Kandil

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Vocal Cords Examination and Management of Post-Operative Hoarseness; Dr. Aslam

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Hands-On Workshops (Laboratory and Practical)

Director: Dr. Aslam

Faculty: Drs. Galagan, Kandil, Mallik, Miller, Moroz, Sholl and Tran

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

• Hands-on Stations: Ultrasonography on Patients with Thyroid, Parathyroid and Cervical Lymph Node Pathology

• Fine Needle Aspiration Techniques with Simulation Model

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

• Hands-on Stations for Vocal Cord Examination


SESSION 4: Endoscopic Evaluation and Treatment for the Post Op Leak in the Bariatric Patient

Moderators: Drs. Levy and Moore


1:15 PM

Endoscopic Clips (PDF)

Dr. Gaspard


1:25 PM

Endoscopic Stents (PDF)

Dr. Scott


1:35 PM

Alternate Endoscopic Procedures for Bariatric Leaks (PDF)

Dr. Kurian


1:45 PM

Surgical Intervention

Dr. DuCoin


1:55 PM

Case Presentations – Panel Discussion: Acutely Ill and Stable, and Unstable; Chronic Leak: When to Use Combined Modality (PDF)

Panel: Drs. Kurian, Scott and Gaspard


SESSION 5: Endoscopic Treatment for Stricture

Moderators: Drs. Billy and Moore


2:05 PM

Endoscopic Dilations (PDF)

Dr. Gaspard


2:15 PM

Endoscopic Stent Placement (PDF)

Dr. Scott


2:25 PM

When to Operate on a Benign Stricture

Dr. DuCoin


2:35 PM

Panel Discussion – Duel Modality Dilation and Stents

Panel: Drs. DuCoin, Reiss and Scott


2:50 PM




SESSION 6: GERD in the Post-Bariatric Patient

Moderators: Drs. Levy and Scott


3:10 PM

Overview, Placement and Indications for Esophageal Magnetic Beads (PDF)

Dr. Kurian


3:25 PM

How to Use Radiofrequency Energy; Overview in Indications (PDF)

Dr. Reiss


3:40 PM

Panel Discussion: Beads or Energy in the Post Sleeve With Reflux

Supplemental file (PDF)

Panel: Drs. Kurian and Reiss


SESSION 7: Barrett’s in the Post-Bariatric Patient – Endoscopic Treatments: New Methods to Diagnosis as Explained by the Experts

Moderators: Drs. Kurian and Moore


3:55 PM

Diagnostic Tools: Confocal Optical Biopsies and 3D Analysis

Dr. Reiss


4:05 PM

Indications for RFA (PDF)

Dr. DuCoin


4:15 PM

EMR (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection) (PDF)

Dr. Reiss


4:25 PM

ESD (Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection) (PDF)

Dr. DuCoin


4:35 PM

Panel Discussion – What Do We Do in 2018 With This Patient?

Panel: Drs. DuCoin and Reiss 


4:50 PM

Adjourn Session



Sunday, September 9, 2018




7:00 AM

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit Exhibits

Parathyroid and New Technology




SESSION 8: Parathyroid and New Technology

Moderator: Dr. Aslam



8:00 AM

Workup and Medical Management of Patients with Hypercalcemia

Dr. Habra


Cadaver Lab

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Advanced Bariatric Procedures

•RFA – Dr. DuCoin

•Balloon – Dr. Moore

•Stretta Procedure – Dr. Reiss

•Clips – Dr. Kurian

•Balloon Dilation – Dr. Billy

•Stent – Dr. Scott


8:15 AM

Normocalcemic Hyperparathyroidism and Normohormonal Hyperparathyroidism

Dr. Tufano


8:30 AM

Negative Parathyroid Scans, What’s Next? (PDF)

Dr. Terris


8:45 AM

State of the Art Management of Recurrent and Persistent Primary Hyperparathyroidism (PDF)

Dr. Kandil


9:10 AM

State of the Art Trans Oral Parathyroidectomy and Thyroidectomy (PDF)

Dr. Russell


9:30 AM

Refreshment Break and Visit Exhibits


SESSION 9: Parathyroid and New Technology



10:00 AM

Debate: Routine Bilateral Neck Exploration Versus Focused Parathyroid Surgery (PDF)

Dr. Tufano vs. Dr. Terris


10:40 AM

Case Presentations: Parathyroid Panel Discussion (PDF)

Moderator: Dr. Russell

Panel: Drs. Kandil, Terris and Tufano


12:00 PM



1:00 PM

Cadaver Lab


Cadaver Lab

1 PM – 5 PM

Remote Access Transoral Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

•Retroauricular Thyroidectomy –
Drs. Terris and Tufano

•Transaxillary Thyroidectomy –
Dr. Kandil

•Transoral Access –
Drs. Russell and Tufano

•Neck Dissection – Drs. Amin and Tufano

5:00 PM

Adjourn Cadaver Lab