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  • 05 Oct 2021 7:03 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    As the term has ended for some of our ISDE Board of Directors, we'd like to thank them for their service and contributions to the society. Thank you to Prateek Sharma (Past President), and Directors Manuel Pera and Edoardo Savarino. Their contributions have been invaluable in the continued development of ISDE, and in switching the Congress to a virtual platform in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We thank you for your time and commitment and wish you all the best.


  • 30 Sep 2021 7:52 AM | ISDE Office (Administrator)


    The International Society for Disease of the Esophagus (ISDE) is pleased to announce the 2022 World Congress for Esophageal Diseases will be held in Tokyo, Japan from September 26-28, 2022.

    In order to serve the esophageal community better the ISDE is working closely with the Japan Esophageal Society (JES), who will be hosting their annual meeting just before the ISDE World Congress at the same venue. The programs for both society meetings will be independent and delegates may choose to attend one meeting or both.

    ISDE President, Prateek Sharma was quoted as saying “Japan is known for their cutting-edge treatments in the field of endoscopy and surgical procedures. This is a great opportunity for members and attendees from around the world and from Japan to observe, learn and share information on the esophagus.

    ISDE Executive Director, Mark Ferguson commented that “the 2022 Congress in Tokyo, Japan marks the 4th time this meeting has been held in this country and honors a longstanding relationship between ISDE and the Japanese Esophageal Society (JES). We anticipate this meeting will have the highest attendance numbers of any of our congresses to date.”

    Additional details will be provided in the next few months.

    We look forward to welcoming you in Tokyo!

  • 29 Sep 2021 8:11 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    Check out the latest DOTE issue for articles on Benign Esophageal and Malignant Esophageal Diseases.

    Paraconduit hiatal hernia after esophagectomy. Prevention—indication for surgery - surgical technique

    DOTE Volume 34, Issue 9 | Editor's Choice
    Free Article

    The laparoscopic part of minimal invasive esophagectomy (MIE) and gastric pull-up has become the preferred approach either in hybrid or total MIE. The advantages are well known, however, one shortcoming is the increased rate of postoperative paraconduit hiatal hernias (PHH) leading to enterothorax.

    Exploring the concept of centralization of surgery for benign esophageal diseases: a Delphi based consensus from the European Society for Diseases of the Esophagus

    DOTE Volume 34, Issue 9 | Editor's Choice
    Free Article

    Surgery for benign esophageal diseases may be complex, requiring specialist training, but currently, unlike oncologic surgery, it is not centralized. The aim of the study was to explore the opinion of European surgeons on the centralization of surgery for benign esophageal diseases. A web-based questionnaire, developed through a modified Delphi process, was administered. Read the full article.


    See the full table of contents here.

  • 28 Sep 2021 1:30 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    Go through the ISDE 2021 Congress Supplement. Abstracts submitted to the 17th ISDE World Congress for Esophageal Diseases are now available online.

    See the full table of contents here

  • 27 Sep 2021 1:00 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the DOTE Award winners who were recognized during today's DOTE Awards ceremony, at the ISDE World Congress. The Diseases of the Esophagus Journal awards were created in 2018 to recognize outstanding junior faculty members and help promote professional and educational interest in the esophagus and related diseases. Since last year's Congress was cancelled due to Covid-19, the winners were recognized today for both 2020 and 2021. Well done to the following winners and thank you for your support of the Diseases of the Esophagus journal. 


    Best Junior Faculty/Trainee Manuscript Award

    2021 - Evangelos Tagkalos
    University of Mainz, Department of General Surgery and Transplants, Germany

    Evangelos is a Junior Consultant at the University of Mainz. His main interests are esophageal cancer surgery and robotic surgery. The title of his awarded article is: Robot-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy (RAMIE) compared to conventional minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) for esophageal cancer: a propensity-matched analysis.


    2020 - Katrin Schwameis
    University of Vienna/ Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California, Austria/USA

    Katrin is a Consultant at the Vienna School of Medicine Department of General Surgery (Division of Visceral Surgery). She spent two years as a fellow in minimally invasive and foregut surgery at the Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Her main interests are esophageal motility disorders, esophageal functioning testing, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal adenocarcinoma, and  gastroesophageal reflux disease.

    The title of her awarded article is: Clinical outcome after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication in patients with GERD and PPI refractory heartburn.


    Outstanding Junior Faculty Peer Reviewer Award

    2021 - Fredrik Klevebro
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Digestive Diseases, Stockholm, Sweden

    Fredrik Klevebro works at Karolinska Institutet. His main interests are Esophageal and Gastric cancer, Mini-invasive surgery, and Epidemiology.




    2020Joonas Kauppila
    University of Oulu, Finland, Sweden

    Joonas Kauppila, Assistant Professor of Surgery, received his M.D. in 2013 and Ph.D. in 2014 from Oulu, Finland. He became a lecturer in Cancer Biology in 2015, at the age of 27 years, as one of the youngest faculty members in medical sciences ever in Finland. Joonas worked as a Research Fellow at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, from 2016 until 2019.


  • 16 Sep 2021 11:54 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)


    October 12, 2021  13:00-14:30 GMT

    Join a global panel of speakers at a webinar devoted to registries and audits in esophagogastric cancer surgery. The importance of registries in monitoring quality of care is discussed. Furthermore, a series of registries from all around the world are presented with their set-up, results and effect on national or regional outcomes, and the way research is incorporated into these registries. Also, patient reported outcomes and audit-based research is discussed. Registration is free. To find out more details, click here.


  • 30 Aug 2021 6:21 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 15th and 16th ISDE World Congresses.

    The 15th ISDE World Congress was held in Singapore in 2016 (Figure 1) in close conjunction with the Formula 1 autoracing competition (Figure 2). This overlap in events attracted a number of registrants who came for the F-1 race and stayed for the Congress. This was the ISDE’s first meeting in East Asia outside of Japan, and was hailed as a big success. The Congress was presided over by the ISDE President, Prof. Ken Wang (Figure 3). The city provided a very relaxed multicultural experience, as exemplified by the Congress Dinner venue in the Singapore Gardens (Figure 4). Casual exploration of the wide variety of foods and cultures was a frequent pastime of attendees (Figures 5A, 5B).

    The 16th ISDE World Congress took place in Vienna, Austria, in September 2018, with a notable opening ceremony featuring local classical music and dancing (Figure 6), and the venue was the University of Vienna (Figure 7), a venerated institution famous for graduates such as Freud, Mahler, Gödel, Paracelsus, and Schrödinger. The ISDE President was Professor Yuko Kitagawa (Figure 8). The attendance was the largest recorded for an ISDE World Congress (Figure 9), the scientific program was diverse and interesting, and the weather was excellent, permitting outdoor display of the scientific posters (Figure 10). The venue for the gala dinner featured the spectacular Vienna City Hall (Figure 11).

    Figure 1. Singapore skyline.

    Figure 2. Formula 1 race in Singapore in 2016.

    Figure 3. ISDE President, Prof. Ken Wang, opening the 15th World Congress.

    Figure 4. Singapore Gardens.

    Figures 5A and 5B. Trying out ethnic cuisine, including Singapore chili crab.

    Figure 6. Opening ceremony for the 16th World Congress in Vienna, Austria.

    Figure 7. University of Vienna, site of the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 8. Professor Kitagawa, ISDE President during the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 9. Networking during the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 10. Poster viewing during the 16th World Congress.

    Figure 11. The gala dinner in Vienna City Hall.


  • 26 Aug 2021 10:37 AM | ISDE Office (Administrator)

    Check out Virtual NeuroGastro 2021, an industry event that may be of interest to you.

    This year’s biennial NeuroGASTRO Meeting will take place in virtual fashion for the very first time. Between September 2nd to 4th, 2021, they will deliver topics such as:

    • State of the Art - Basic Science - Models of Visceral Pain, Beverly Greenwood-Van Meerveld, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, USA
    • Gastroparesis guidelines, Jan Tack, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
    • The first 10 years of the Chicago Classification, John Pandolfino, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USA

    For the programme and registration details, click here.

  • 19 Aug 2021 12:25 PM | Anonymous



    The approach to managing achalasia has been streamlined, but management of non-achalasia motility disorders remains challenging. The ISDE (International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus) hosted a virtual presentation focused on the evaluation and management of non-achalasia motility disorders moderated by Michael Vaezi, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA.

    During this 60-minute presentation panelists discussed opioid induced esophageal dysfunction, non-achalasia spastic disorders (jackhammer, distal esophageal spasm), and hypomotility disorders (ineffective esophageal motility and esophageal aperistalsis).


    Opioid induced esophageal dysfunction


    Medical and surgical management of non-achalasia motility

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

    • Michael Vaezi, Clinical Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA
    • Dhyanesh (Dan) Patel, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA
    • Arjan Bredenoord, Professor, Amsterdam University Medical Center, The Netherlands

    Learn More

    Checkout other presentations on the Achalasia Playlist

    Learn more and network with others around the world at the upcoming 17th ISDE Virtual World Congress for Esophageal Diseases from September 27-30, 2021.

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