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Yuko Kitagawa
Keio University
Tokyo, Japan

Dear ISDE Members and 

It is my honor and pleasure to serve as President of the ISDE for the years 2016 – 2018. 

First, may I extend my heartiest congratulations on the great success of the ISDE Congress 2016 in Singapore.

The ISDE Congress 2016 featured joint sessions with regional academic associations focused on esophageal diseases including ESDE, CSDE, JES and INoEA. These sessions allowed us to share the latest knowledge through reports on ongoing multicenter RCTs in different countries related to esophageal disorders and videos presenting cutting edge techniques and technologies. In this respect, the congress was truly valuable for participants, particularly for young physicians and researchers. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to President Prof. Kenneth Wang, Program Committee Co-Chairs Drs. Ho and van Lanschot and everyone involved for all of their hard work and dedication.

In the ISDE Congress 2018, I am eager to further enhance the program by closely working with Vice President Prof. Prateek Sharma, Program Co-Chairs Prof. CS Pramesh and Prof. Manabu Muto and all Program Committee members. Recently, incidence of cancers at the esophagus and the gastroesophageal junction has been gradually rising in Asian countries the same as in Western countries. 

The ISDE was established as an interdisciplinary organization focused on esophageal diseases in 1979. During its early stage, a higher percentage of participants were from Japan, resulting that a relatively high number of presentation topics were given on esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. After 2004, when the ISDE Secretariat was moved from Tokyo to Los Angeles, along with significant efforts by Prof. Tom DeMeester, the participation of gastroenterologists and endoscopic physicians has been increasing, and the Society has grown truly to be a multi-disciplinary academic association. It is much to my delight that the ISDE has now evolved into a comprehensive platform to access all the latest knowledge and techniques about the esophagus. 

The Society has not just been organizing scientific congresses, but has taken on various projects including developing a series of clinical practice guidelines specialized in esophageal diseases and building a database dedicated to the care of esophageal disorders. These extensive and continuing activities will be further promoted. I am considering formulating a system that facilitates young physicians and researchers to join and bring their novel ideas to the activities.

I will commit myself to serving for the future of the ISDE, nurturing its uniqueness and preciousness as the premier multi-disciplinary society where comprehensive specialists and professionals get together by a common interest in esophageal diseases. I sincerely thank you all and request your kind support and cooperation in these future endeavors.


Yuko Kitagawa
ISDE President 2016-2018

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