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  • 26 May 2023 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fire up your research project in the Young ISDE Research Dragon's Den.

    The Young ISDE Research Dragon’s Den will take place during the ISDE congress and is aimed to encourage and enable young researchers to execute their research idea. After an initial review of submitted research projects, the highest-scoring projects will be pitched to an international panel of experts during the Dragon’s Den at the 19th World Congress in Toronto, Canada. The experts will provide the projects with feedback that can be used to further improve the research projects.

    The winner of the Dragon’s Den will receive a USD $500 award, incentive prize to aid in starting up her/his project, and the winning project will be supported by Young ISDE and the Research & Database Committee.

    • Deadline for applications: June 30, 2023 
    • August 01: confirmation of acceptance 
    • September 9, 2023: Dragon’s Den during the Young ISDE session

    Full details for the application:

    • Research projects should be multicenter, international & multidisciplinary
    • Applications should adhere to the provided template
    • Applicants should be an ISDE member
    • Early to mid-career researchers* are encouraged to apply
    • Selected research projects must be presented live during the Dragon’s Den
    • The results of the winning research idea will be published in Diseases of the Esophagus
    • Winners may be invited to present their research at the next congress.

    *Any physician or surgeon with less than 5 years in consultancy

    Download Application Template (word)

    Submit A Research Project

  • 11 May 2023 4:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Co-Editors in Chief are pleased to introduce the Frontiers in Esophageal Disease series, comprised of premium-invited review articles that will be published over the course of the year. The series is intended to give readers a comprehensive review of the current most important areas of development or controversy in the esophageal world, written by the most important international opinion leaders. The goal of the articles is to guide and inform readers of the diverse and rapidly evolving field of esophagology.

    Read full article from the Editors 

    Check out the first invited review: Lymph note metastatic patterns and the development of multidisciplinary treatment for esophageal cancer 

    Frontiers in Esophageal Disease Series 
  • 08 Mar 2023 7:05 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)

    Several excellent ideas were discussed at the January 10th, 2023 ISDE Guidelines Committee meeting. It’s full steam ahead for the following current projects:

    • Failed Fundoplication
    • Bariatric Treatment (surgery and endoscopy)
    • SCC Post-Surgery Endoscopic Surveillance

    New proposed projects include:

    • Anastomotic Leaks diagnosis and management
    • T1b Tumours
    • Management of T2NO
    • Achalasia Guidelines

    If you would like to become more involved with ISDE and/or this committee, please send an email to  A big thank you is extended to the current Co-chairs and all committee members:

    • Ewen Griffiths, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK (Co-chair)
    • Bas Wijnhoven, Erasmus MC - University Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands (Co-chair)
    • Shahin Ayazi, Allegheny Health Network-Esophageal Institute, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Philip Chiu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
    • Lorenzo Ferri, Montreal General Hospital, Canada
    • Cesare Hassan, Humanitas University, Rome, Italy
    • Ryu Ishihara, Osaka International Cancer Institute, Osaka, Japan
    • Geoffrey Kohn, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    • Virginia Litle, SMG Thoracic Surgery, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Brighton, USA
    • Sergey Morozov, Federal Research Center of Nutrition and Biotechnology, Moscow, Russia
    • Sarbajit Mukherjee, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, USA
    • Dan Patel, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, USA
    • Edoardo Savarino, University of Padua, Italy
    • Sarah Thompson, Flinders University, Rose Park, Australia
    • Ian Wong, Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong, China

    See full list of ISDE Committees here

  • 03 Mar 2023 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Editors of Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE) Journal are pleased to invite submissions for the 2022 Best Junior Faculty/Trainee Manuscript Award. This award recognizes the top original research manuscript by a junior faculty or trainee author accepted for publication in the Journal between January 1 and December 31, 2022.

    Nomination Deadline: April 7, 2023

    The Journal also has an award for the most Outstanding Junior Faculty Peer Reviewer each year, and winners are determined by the Co-Editors-in-Chief based on the number of peer reviews completed, timeliness and quality of the peer review. Are you interested in becoming a Diseases of the Esophagus reviewer? If yes, register for the peer review process and create an account in the Scholar One manuscript managing system.

    Visit DOTE Awards page for more information or contact

  • 12 Dec 2022 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to introduce a member category specifically for early-career individuals who are less than five (5) years in consultancy. Early career members can access all the benefits for 30% less or more than the full member rate. Special rates are also available for colleagues in developing countries, and benefits include:

    • Join a community of like-minded professional peers
    • Receive member-only updates and invitations to educational events or research surveys
    • Enjoy an electronic subscription to the Diseases of the Esophagus Journal
    • Discounted rates to the 2023 ISDE World Congress in Toronto, Canada from September 8-10, 2023

    Sign-up as an Early Career Member

  • 01 Dec 2022 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Week, or GERD week for short occurred, November 20-26, 2022 and ISDE put out a series of awareness raising posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Our goal is to provide ways for our members and community at large working with this disease to raise awareness of your expertise within your own networks. To this end, we invite you to share these posts with your own message by following or visiting us on social media.

    GERD Week Twitter Polls

    In recognizing GERD week, ISDE also posted Twitter polls to our members regarding clinical questions frequently encountered in GERD management. Thank you to all of those who voted and see the results below. If there are other clinical polls that our members would like to see, feel free to message us. 

  • 28 Nov 2022 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    The ISDE is pleased to announce the World Congress Scientific Program Committee Co-Chairs for the 2023 Congress, Nicholas J. Shaheen from the University of North Carolina Faculty of Medicine, Rebecca Fitzgerald from University of Cambridge and Wayne L. Hofstetter from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

    This multi-specialty committee is currently developing a program that covers a range of topics devoted to increasing scientific and medical knowledge of the esophagus in disease and in health. 

    The ISDE Annual World Congress brings together organizations, industries and specialists in fields related to the esophagus including gastroenterologists, endoscopists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, allied health, and more.

    If you are an ISDE member or individual professionally interested in the esophagus we invite you to submit an abstract online starting December 1st, and join us in Toronto, Canada next September 8-10, 2023 for the 19th ISDE World Congress.

    Find out more at

  • 12 Oct 2022 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Author: Simon Law, MBBChir (Cantab), MS(HK), PhD(HK), FRCSEd, FCSHK, FHKAM

    Cheung Kung-Hai Professor in Gastrointestinal Surgery,
    Chair and Chief, Division of Esophageal and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

    The 18th World Congress for Esophageal Diseases (ISDE 2022) was originally scheduled to take place in beautiful Tokyo, Japan, in conjunction with the 76th Annual Meeting of the Japan Esophageal Society. Tokyo has all the ingredients to make this gathering a great meeting, with its culture, gourmet food, infrastructure, and facilities.

    Unfortunately with COVID-19 still rampant, given the implications of travel restrictions and ultimately for the well-being of the ISDE community, the ISDE Board of Directors believed moving to a virtual-only format to be the best solution. The transition from a hybrid to virtual meeting allowed for an equally exciting, content rich, network driven, and safe congress.

    The Program was developed by the Program Committee under the guidance of the Co-Chairs Simon Law (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China), Chika Kusano (Kitasato University, Japan) and Paul Schneider (Hirslanden Medical Center, Switzerland), with input from Hideaki Shimada, President of the JES Congress (Toho University, Japan).

    The opening Keynote was presented by Ken Kato and entitled Precision and Personalised Oncology for Esophageal Cancer. Professor Kato is Chief of the Department of Head and Neck, Esophageal Medical Oncology, Chief of the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, and Chief of the Biobank Translational Research Support Section, Clinical Research Coordinating Section, Clinical Research Support Office at the National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.

    The Presidential Lecture, entitled Population Screening for Esophageal Cancer. How Can We Make It Work?, was given by the President of ISDE, Sheila Krishnadath. Professor Krishnadath works as a gastroenterologist at the University Hospital of Antwerp and is a principal investigator at the University of Antwerp. She has a long-standing track record on translational research on esophageal diseases. Her work mainly focuses on Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma.

    The Japan Esophageal Society (JES) hosted three sessions focusing on the latest JES guidelines for esophageal cancer; JES Guideline on Oncologic Treatment for Esophageal Cancer, JES Guideline on Endoscopic Treatment for Esophageal Cancer, and the JES Guideline on Surgical Treatment for Esophageal Cancer.

    Two affiliated societies of ISDE organized their respective forum: The Chinese Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (CSDE) discussed various treatment strategies for esophageal cancer in the session “What are the Optimal Treatment Regimens for Esophageal Cancer?”, while the European Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ESDE) focused on “Oligometastatic Disease in Esophageal Cancer: Moving Landscape in the Era of Immunotherapy”.

    The Diseases of the Esophagus Festival session was aimed at honoring and paying tribute to the individuals who had contributed most to the success of the journal during the last two years. The six most cited articles published in Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE) were presented.

    Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE) presented the Best Junior Faculty/Trainee Manuscript Award to the top original research manuscript by a junior faculty or trainee author accepted for publication in the journal in 2021, and the Outstanding Junior Faculty Peer Reviewer Award to the top junior faculty Peer Reviewer of 2021 for the journal. This year’s winners are Dr. Yoshitaka Ishikawa (University of Michigan, USA), and Dr. Alice Tsai (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, United Kingdom).

    DOTE published a special ISDE 2022 DOTE Congress Supplement (Volume 35, Issue Supplement 2, September 2022), containing all abstracts submitted to the 18th ISDE World Congress for Esophageal Diseases; the supplement is now available online.

    ISDE is committed to the advancement and support of trainees, fellows and early career individuals, and was pleased to introduce the formation of Young ISDE, a new standing committee within the ISDE. The goals of the committee are the development of new knowledge and advancing understanding of esophageal diseases, promoting education and knowledge exchange among trainees and young investigators, facilitating networking, and providing information on training and fellowship opportunities.

    This newly established committee showcased their first session at ISDE 2022, covering the topics of Building a Career in Translational Research, Developing Esophageal Clinical Trials in 2022, Creating the Next Generation of Allied Health Professional Researchers, and Establishing International Research Collaboratives.

    More than 50 scientific sessions were presented at the Congress, offering a multitude of opportunities for education and networking, encompassing panel discussions, and video and oral presentations. There were close to 100 speakers and more than 500 oral and poster abstract presentations. The EECCME granted a total of 15 credits for the program; these credits are transferrable to Category 1 credits.

    The Congress was very well attended with close to 600 participants, including 160 participants from Japan. All sessions and presentations were recorded and are available to registrants for on-demand viewing on the virtual Congress platform until December 31, 2022.

    ISDE would like to extend its sincere appreciation to all attendees, speakers, contributors and committee members for making ISDE 2022 the extraordinary success that it was. A special thank you is extended to Professor Hideaki Shimada of Toho University, Japan for his exceptional assistance, support and partnership. We look forward to seeing everyone again in September 2023 in Toronto face-to-face for the 19th World Congress of ISDE.

  • 21 Sep 2022 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    The International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) is committed to the advancement and support of trainees, fellows and early career individuals, resulting from the members, through its 2021-2024 Strategic Priorities. To this end we are pleased to introduce the formation of Young ISDE, a new standing committee within the ISDE. International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus co-founded by:

    • Sheraz Markar, Chair – Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust, United Kingdom
    • David Liu, Vice-Chair – Austin Hospital, Australia
    • Jessie Elliot, Secretary – Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

    Aims of Young ISDE:

    • To contribute to the development of new knowledge and advance understanding in the field of esophageal diseases, through research and scholarship, and dissemination of findings in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific meetings.
    • To promote education; the exchange of scientific and medical knowledge of the esophagus among a community of trainees and young investigators from medical, surgical, associate health groups.
    • To facilitate the establishment of scientific connections between trainees, early career clinicians, and young investigators in the field.
    • To advertise training and fellowship opportunities in the field of esophagus diseases internationally and enhance interdisciplinary training.


    To ensure the representation of trainees and early career clinicians within Young ISDE, it should be noted that ISDE members will only be considered eligible to become a member of the committee if they are currently in training, or within ten years following completion of training to the level of Consultant, Attending or equivalent. 

    Stay tuned for more information regarding this group and their activities.

    Want to know more?

    • Request a copy of the Young ISDE Terms of Reference by email
  • 17 May 2022 6:30 PM | Michele O'Bright (Administrator)

    The International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Magnus Nilsson as the next Co-Editor-in-Chief (surgeon) for the Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE) Journal. Effective September 29, 2022 Dr. Nilsson will succeed Professor Giovanni Zaninotto who is stepping down during the ISDE 2022 World Congress in Tokyo, Japan upon completing his second four-year term.

    Published continuously since 1986, DOTE is a leading journal in the field of esophageal diseases with a broad international readership. The journal covers all aspects of the esophagus – epidemiology, investigation and diagnosis, and multidisciplinary treatment. The journal includes clinical research papers, short reports, commissioned review articles, correspondence, book and equipment reviews, annotated abstracts and announcements of meetings.

    Dr. Nilsson is a professor of surgery and head of the Division of Upper Abdominal Surgery at Karolinska Institutet and senior consultant surgeon at the Karolinska University Hospital. His main clinical and scientific interests are gastric and esophageal cancer, focusing on minimally invasive surgical techniques, tailored lymphadenectomy, adjunct oncological therapies, and management of airway fistulas and other severe surgical complications. Dr. Nilsson has led several international randomized multicenter trials, such as the completed NeoRes I and II trials and the currently ongoing NEEDS trial. He is the Past President of ESDE and currently sits on the ISDE Board of Directors. He is also the chairman of the Swedish Society of Upper Abdominal Surgery and the Swedish National Registry for Gastric and Esophageal Cancer. For the last eight years, Dr. Nilsson has been one of the journal's most active associate editors.

    Dr. Nilsson will be joining Dr. Neil Gupta, Co-Editor-in-Chief (medical) in managing all aspects of the journal including the editorial board and reviewers, working with the publisher on developing a world class vision for the journal, processing submitted manuscripts, identifying opportunities for improvement, ensuring content diversity, managing the DOTE Awards and working with the Associate Editor (Social Media) to highlight the journal on social media.

    “We are very pleased to have such an accomplished individual with many years of experience as an associate editor” says Giovanni Zanninoto.



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