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  • 27 Jul 2021 4:10 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    As part of our ISDE 40th Anniversary celebration, you’ll read in upcoming months about each of the ISDE Congresses. This article summarizes the 13th and 14th ISDE World Congresses.

    The 13th ISDE World Congress was held in Venice, Italy, in October 2012 (Figure 1). It was presided over by Professors Ermanno Ancona, Giovanni Zaninotto, and Francesco Di Mario (Figure 2). The ISDE President was Prof. Jan Tack (Figure 3). The venue, on Venice Lido, a barrier island, was very relaxed and historic (Figure 4). Transportation to the main island and other interesting locations was done by a variety of public and private water taxis, a very fun and romantic way to get about. Local members from the internationally renowned esophagology centers in Padua and Milan as well as other centers in Italy represented their country well. Known as “The gate for the East,” Venice welcomed strong representation from the Middle and Far East. Social highlights of the Venice meeting included entertainment in traditional dress (Figure 5) and delicious local cuisine.

    The 14th ISDE World Congress took place in Vancouver, Canada, in September 2014 (Figure 6). This was the first ISDE Congress that was organized by the new ISDE management firm, International Conference Services (ICS), rather than being planned and hosted by a local ISDE leader. The ISDE President was Professor Jeffrey Peters (Figure 7). The opening ceremonies featured energetic dances by First Nations performers (Figure 8). The attendance was robust (Figure 9), the scientific program was diverse and interesting, and the weather was excellent. Like Venice, Italy, water taxis were a very popular mode of transportation in Vancouver (Figure 10). The venue for the gala dinner featured the spectacular waterside views that Vancouver is famous for (Figure 11). Side trips to Vancouver Island, Seattle, and Banff National Park were very popular.

    Legends for figures:

    Figure 1. Announcement for the 13th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 2. 13th ISDE World Congress Presidents (Professors Di Mario, Zaninotto, Ancona).


    Figure 3. Prof. Tack, ISDE President during the 13th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 4. The Venice Lido, site of the 13th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 5. Traditional dress in Venice, Italy.


    Figure 6. Vancouver, Canada, site of the 14th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 7. Prof. Peters, ISDE President for the 14th World Congress.


    Figure 8. Opening ceremony dances by First Nations performers during the 14th World Congress.


    Figure 9. Networking during the 14th World Congress.


    Figure 10. Water taxis served as transportation in some areas in Vancouver.


    Figure 11. The gala dinner during the 14th World Congress.


  • 26 Jul 2021 1:58 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    ISDE is looking for members who are visionary, passionate and committed to step into a more active role as a member of an ISDE Standing Committee, for the term 2021-2023.

    The following standing committees are accepting members:

    • Education Committee
    • Guidelines Committee
    • Industry Relations Committee
    • Membership Committee
    • Research & Database
    • Communications Committee
    • Scientific Program
    • Local Organizing Support (Japan)

    The duties of committee members vary by committee. 

    Task Force and Ad Hoc Committees
    The ISDE Board of Directors have identified the following strategic initiatives which will be addressed in future. If you have expertise and interest in participating in one of these initiatives, let us know. Please note task forces and ad hoc committees typically have 5 or less members, are active for the period in which work is being done and will be disbanded upon conclusion of the initiative.

    • Increase the diversity of ISDE members by region, specialty and other categories identified in the Diversity and Inclusion Position Statement
    • Increase opportunities for early career, trainees and fellows
    • Establish global database of national training programs
    • Develop future ISDE webinars and curriculum for a comprehensive Diseases of the Esophagus Certificate
    • Recruit and promote leaders and experts from regions that have been under-represented in the past

    Deadline: To apply for a committee, please fill in this form by Thursday, Aug 5, 2021.


  • 20 Jul 2021 2:30 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)


    August 11, 2021 15:00-16:00 GMT

    Join us for a live virtual presentation covering such topics as opioid induced esophageal dysfunction, non-achalasia spastic disorders (jackhammer, distal esophageal spasm), and hypomotility disorders (ineffective esophageal motility and esophageal aperistalsis). If you are working in gastroenterology, surgery, nursing, research, or have an interest in diseases of the esophagus then this is the presentation for you. Register for free.


  • 14 Jul 2021 3:30 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    The Journal Citation Reports™ from Clarivate, 2021 have recently been released and have revealed that the 2020 Impact Factor for Diseases of the Esophagus (DOTE) has risen.

    We are delighted to share that the impact factor of DOTE increased to 3.429 from 2.346. It represents an excellent achievement for the journal, which now ranks 59 on 92 gastroenterological journals.

    Congratulations to the DOTE Journal team and thank you for your work and enthusiasm!

    In celebration of the latest impact factor announcement, Diseases of the Esophagus has curated a reading list of the top ten cited articles from recent years. Please enjoy the collection and make sure you are up to date on the research making the largest impact in the field. 


  • 30 Jun 2021 1:02 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    July 27, 2021 11:00-12:00 GMT

    Join us for a virtual presentation on functional heartburn and reflux hypersensitivity, commonly encountered but often overlooked. This presentation will shed light on the role of these disorders in refractory GERD and how to diagnose and manage them. This program will include a 30 minute presentation followed by a case. Register for free.

  • 30 Jun 2021 9:37 AM | Anonymous


    Preoperative optimization is very subjective and there are variations among hospitals around the world. Watch the ISDE virtual presentation on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) in esophagectomy and listen to an international panel of speakers covering prehabilitation and ERAS in MIE, recommendations and guidelines from the ERAS Society for esophagectomy, early feeding post esophagectomy (Nutrient Trial), and multimodal analgesia for minimally invasive esophagectomy. Two case presentations were discussed at the end and responses provided to questions from a live audience. This live presentation was recorded on June 23, 2021, moderated by Edward Cheong, Shiv Rajan and Suzanne Gisbertz.


    Prehabilitation and ERAS in Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

    ERAS Guidelines and Esophagectomy Outcomes: What are the Keys to a Successful Program and What are the Future Challenges?

    Early nutrition after minimal invasive esophagectomy (MIE): Nutrient 2 trial

    Multimodal Analgesia for Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)

    Case 1: Poor Lung Function for MIE with Prehabilitation and ERAS

    Case 2: Preoperative optimization and ERAS in MIE for SCC stricture

    The ISDE wishes to sincerely thank the following individuals for their contributions to this presentation:

    • Edward Cheong, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, United Kingdom
    • Shiv Rajan, King George Medical University, India
    • Suzanne Gisbertz, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Jonathon Francis, Anaesthetist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, United Kingdom
    • Donald Low, Surgeon, Virginia Mason Medical Center, USA
    • Misha Luyer, Surgeon, Catharina Hospital Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    • Jurgens Nortje, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, United Kingdom

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  • 29 Jun 2021 12:00 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    The 11th ISDE World Congress was held in Budapest, Hungary, in September 2008. It was presided over by Professors Janos Kiss, Peter Horvath, and Zsolt Tulassay (Figure 1). The ISDE President was Prof. Peter Kahrilas (Figure 2), the first non-surgeon to be elected to the office. He established a new practice of leading the scientific program committee in designing the structure of the congress. This hands-on and collaborative approach to program development resulted in very high quality of the scientific content. Also at this time GEEMO (Groupement Européen d’Etude des Maladies de l’Oesophage) recommitted to regular scientific meetings and contributions, and Diseases of the Esophagus became its official journal. GEEMO was a close affiliate of ISDE in Europe, subsequently evolving to become the ESDE (European Society for Diseases of the Esophagus). Social highlights of the Budapest meeting included a musical performance at St. Stephen’s Basilica (Figure 3). Registrants were thrilled by being taken in a caravan of busses, with full police escort, to a beautiful rural outdoor venue, where they enjoyed a horse riding demonstration followed by dinner (Figure 4).

    The 12th ISDE World Congress took place in Kagoshima, Japan, in September 2010 (Figure 5). The Congress was hosted by Professors Takashi Aikou (Figure 6), H. Tubouchi, and H. Fujita, and the ISDE President was Mark Ferguson (Figure 7). Despite the out-of-the-way location, attendance was enthusiastic and the Congress attracted a large number of well-known esophageal experts (Figure 8). The collaboration of the local organizers and the ISDE President in developing the scientific program resulted in a varied, high quality, and interesting Congress. This Congress marked the transition to ISDE management by a professional organization, International Conference Services (ICS). It also marked a shift from traditional journal publishing to electronic-only publishing for Diseases of the Esophagus. Many registrants toured a nearby island that had an active volcano and enjoyed the natural hot springs in Kagoshima. Evening entertainment was lively and audience participation was encouraged (Figure 9).

    Legends for figures:

    Figure 1.  11th ISDE World Congress Presidents (Professors Kiss, Horvath, Tulassay).


    Figure 2.  Professor Kahrilas, ISDE President during the 11th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 3.  Musical event at St. Stephen’s Basilica during the 11th ISDE World Congress in Budapest.


    Figure 4.  Spectators at a horse riding demonstration during the 11th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 5.  Kagoshima, Japan, site of the 12th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 6.  Professor Takashi Aikou, primary organizer of the 11th ISDE World Congress.

    Figure 7.  Professor Mark Ferguson, ISDE President for the 12th World Congress.

    Figure 8.  Opening ceremonies of the 12th ISDE World Congress in Kagoshima, Japan.


    Figure 9.  Evening entertainment during the 12th ISDE World Congress.


  • 08 Jun 2021 8:56 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)


    June 23, 2021 17:00-18:30 GMT

    Please join us for this live virtual presentation on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) in Esophagectomy and hear from an international panel of speakers covering Prehabilitation and ERAS in MIE, Recommendations and Guidelines from the ERAS Society for esophagectomy, Early feeding post esophagectomy (Nutrient Trial), and Multimodal analgesia for minimally invasive esophagectomy, and case studies. Register for free.

  • 27 May 2021 5:35 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    As part of our ISDE 40th Anniversary celebration, you’ll read in upcoming months about each of the ISDE Congresses. This article summarizes the 9th and 10th ISDE World Congresses.

    The 9th ISDE World Congress was held in Madrid, Spain, in May 2004 (Figure 1). It was presided over by Prof. Enrique Moreno-Gonzalez (Figure 2), and the ISDE President was Prof. Toni Lerut. The venue was the Doce de Octubre University Hospital (Figure 3). Thirty-four countries were represented among a total of 756 registrants, and 480 papers or posters were presented. Just prior to this meeting a new ISDE constitution was adopted that codified the society’s commitment to represent all specialties interested in esophageal disease and called for balanced specialty representation in both committee and society leadership. At this time the ISDE also elected to change the frequency of its meetings from triennial to biennial.

    The 10th ISDE World Congress took place in Adelaide, Australia, in February 2006. In the interim between congresses, the ISDE Secretariat moved from Tokyo to Los Angeles, California, under the auspices of Executive Director Prof. Tom DeMeester. This was ISDE’s first congress under its new governance structure and the first biennial meeting. In keeping with the new governance, the Congress was hosted by Prof. Glyn Jamieson (a surgeon; Figure 4) and Prof. John Dent (a gastroenterologist; Figure 5). The ISDE President was Prof. Andre Duranceau. In addition to an outstanding scientific program, the social events were very attractive (Figure 6), and many registrants toured the nearby wine country (Figure 7). The timing of the Congress coincided with the Adelaide Fringe festival, an eclectic and entertaining event that took place in multiple different venues across the city (Figure 8).


    Legends for figures:

    Figure 1.  Poster announcing the 9th ISDE World Congress in Madrid, Spain.


    Figure 2.  Professor Enrique Moreno-Gonzalez, 9th ISDE World Congress President.


    Figure 3.  Doce de Octubre University Hospital, the venue for the 9th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 4.  Prof. Glyn Jamieson.


    Figure 5.  Prof. John Dent and family.


    Figure 6.  Social event at the 10th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 7. Social event at the 10th ISDE World Congress.


    Figure 8. Poster for the 2006 Adelaide Fringe festival.

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