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  • 13 Oct 2020 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    As an international society the ISDE has strived for diversity through its leadership, membership, education and research initiatives by becoming more multidisciplinary in its makeup. We recognize that being more diverse can mean more than this and can also change from time-to-time. With that in mind we felt it was time to put this commitment into words, tell you how we will work towards being more diverse and how you can help.

    The Board of Directors for the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) is pleased to introduce the ISDE Position Statement on Diversity and Inclusion. We recognize the strength in diversity and promote a culture of equity, where all individuals are given access to the same opportunities. We will welcome and encourage diversity throughout the ISDE membership, educational events, committees, and community engagements, both individually and collectively among members.

    Open Position Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

    How can you help?

    • Recommend diverse committee members, speakers or experts to committee chairs and/or ISDE leaders
    • Forward our calls for volunteers, proposals, and/or awards to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for diverse candidates
    • Circulate our calls for abstracts, papers and other submissions widely amongst colleagues including those from marginalized groups, and encourage students from underrepresented groups to participate
    • Speak up when you see marginalization and intimidation, and offer feedback on ISDE’s ongoing strategies for creating an environment that values and respects diversity
    • Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision
  • 30 Sep 2020 7:20 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    The vision of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) is to be a leader in the development and dissemination of information about the esophagus. It achieves this through its official journal Diseases of the Esophagus covering all aspects of the esophagus – etiology, investigation and diagnosis, the World Congress, maintaining a network of specialist around the world through membership, virtual presentations on key topics such as esophageal cancer, barrett’s esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), achalasia, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), and more.

    Professor Prateek Sharma, Gastroenterologist at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and VA Medical Center, served as President of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) from 2018-2020. A leader in the field of upper gastrointestinal diseases including Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancer, and gastroesophageal reflux disease, Professor Sharma brought a wealth of experience and insight to this key leadership role. In this video Professor Sharma reflects on his term as President of ISDE including some of the society’s achievements.

    Learn more:

    ISDE Guidelines 
    Diseases of the Esophagus Journal (DOTE) 
    Literature Updates
    World Congress
    ISDE News 

    Interested in joining our community? Find out more about becoming a member at www.isde.net/membership

  • 29 Sep 2020 8:22 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    Checkout the latest DOTE issue for articles on Benign Esophageal and Malignant Esophageal Diseases; See the full table of contents.

    Persistent indefinite for dysplasia in Barrett’s esophagus is a risk factor for dysplastic progression to low-grade dysplasia

    DOTE Volume 33, Issue 9 | Editor's Choice

    Free Article

    Patients with Barrett’s esophagus (BE) are at increased risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC). The risk is largely based on the degree of dysplasia. Dysplasia cannot always be differentiated from inflammatory changes, and therefore may be classified as indefinite for dysplasia (IND). The risk of progressive dysplasia in patients with IND is unclear. Our aim is to characterize the risk of progression in US veterans with BE-IND. Read the full Persistent indefinite for dysplasia article for free.

    Delivering esophago-gastric cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom: a surgical perspective


    DOTE Volume 33, Issue 9| Editor's Choice

    Free Article

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the provision of medical care. Planning to ensure there is capability to treat those that become ill with the virus has led to an almost complete moratorium on elective work. This study evaluates the impact of COVID-19 on cancer, in particular surgical intervention, in patients with esophago-gastric cancer at a high-volume tertiary center. Read the Delivering esophago-gastric cancer care article for free.

  • 29 Sep 2020 8:20 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    ISDE 2020 Abstract Supplement Abstracts submitted to the 17th ISDE World Congress are now available online. See the full table of contents.

  • 29 Sep 2020 12:52 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    Dr. Kitagawa served as the 14th ISDE President: During Presidency he helped the society become the premier multidisciplinary international organization focused on esophageal diseases. At that time, its biennial congress aimed to gather all specialties involved in the clinical management and research of patients with esophageal diseases.

    Find out more about Dr. Kitagawa and the various societies he has made an impact in throughout his career in Diseases of the Esophagus, Volume 33 Issue 8, August 2020.

    About the Presidential Biography Series

    The Presidential Biography Series is being published as part of the celebration for the 40th anniversary of the first ISDE Congress, visit our Celebrating 40 Years page to find out more. We hope you find the series an informative look at the history of the ISDE over the past 40 years. 


    Giovanni Zaninotto and Neil Gupta
    Editors in Chief, Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE) 

  • 28 Sep 2020 8:23 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    As the ISDE Board Of Directors 2018-2020 term comes to an end, we would like to thank all Board Members stepping down for sharing their knowledge, expertise, experience and generous efforts in the service of ISDE. Thank you all! 

  • 27 Sep 2020 8:25 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    The Advice for Early Career Physician video series was recorded during the 15th ISDE World Congress to provide advice and support to early career physicians. Over the next few months each video will be featured here.

    In this video Dr. Peter Siersema reflects on key decision-making points he encountered in his career and what advice he would give to young physicians.

  • 23 Aug 2020 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    Esophageal cancer is among the 6th to 8th cause of cancer mortality according to the Global Cancer Observatory. The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Its symptoms cause a significant impact on patients lives and are often: swallow disorder (dysphagia), unintentional weight loss, heartburn and chest pain. The early treatment for esophageal cancer is imperative for a better prognosis and enhances the chance of the patient survivor. Esophagectomy has an important role in the cancer treatment and minimally invasive approach has been achieving an increasingly solid result in recent years.

    The ISDE (International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus) hosted a virtual presentation and discussion regarding cancer of the esophagus, managing the disease including surgery for esophageal cancer and other treatment approaches.

    The Esophageal Cancer Virtual Tumour Board held on August 20, 2020, and moderated by Mark van Berge Henegouwen, Amsterdam University Medical Center (Netherlands) and Lorenzo Ferri, McGill University (Canada), is presented in four separate segments below. Watch different segments when you have the time or all at once, the choice is yours.

    Case 1 – Esophageal Adenocarcinoma (EAC)

    Case 2 – Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC)

    Case 3 – Esophago gastric junction (EGJ) Adenocarcinoma

    Conduit Complications

    ISDE wishes to recognize and thank the following individuals for their contributions to this virtual presentation:

    • Wayne Hofstetter, MD Anderson Cancer Center (USA)
    • Simon Law, University of Hong Kong (China)
    • John Reynolds, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
    • Mark Smithers, University of Queensland (Australia)
    • Yuko Kitagawa, Keio University (Japan)
    • Mark van Berge Henegouwen, Amsterdam University Medical Center (The Netherlands)
    • Lorenzo Ferri, McGill University (Canada)

    If you are interested in this you may be interested in the Esophageal Cancer Playlist too.

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  • 22 Aug 2020 3:24 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    International, Interdisciplinary, Everything esophageal!

    The Communications Committee created a new Facebook group, Challenging Cases Discussions, to provide a platform for discussing cases and clinical challenges on diseases of the esophagus. Members are encouraged to use this platform for advice and opinions on a clinical conundrum of interest.

    With a distinctive multidisciplinary international composition of leaders in different areas of expertise, the purpose of this new discussion group is to spread knowledge and improve patient care through collaborative engagements.

  • 22 Aug 2020 3:22 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    The ISDE Board of Directors is inviting all members to join them in contributing to the growth of the society by joining a Standing Committee.

    Join a dedicated group of physicians, surgeons, scientists, and other health professionals work towards making ISDE an international leader in the development and dissemination of information about the esophagus.

    Interested in joining a committee? Put your name forward by submitting a self-nomination.

    Not an ISDE Member? Not a problem, simply become an ISDE member before submitting a self-nomination.

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