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  • 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

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    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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  • 12 Aug 2021 1:46 PM | ISDE Office (Administrator)


    Welcome to our new Associate Editor for Social Media, Dr. Jessie Elliott. Jessie is a young, brilliant researcher at Trinity College and the Trinity St. James’s Cancer Institute in Dublin, Ireland, and she chairs the Young Investigator Group of the European Society of Esophageal Diseases. She will be responsible for expanding our journal's visibility among virtual communities and social media platforms. We are thrilled to welcome Jessie as a member of the Diseases of the Esophagus editorial board.


  • 03 Aug 2021 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    The ISDE (International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus) hosted a virtual presentation on functional heartburn and reflux hypersensitivity, commonly encountered but often overlooked. During this 60-minute presentation Ronnie Fass presented two functional esophageal disorders that are common, yet often overlooked, and play an important role in diagnosing and managing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Joan Chen followed up with two cases to help illustrate these disorders and questions were answered from a live audience. This live presentation was recorded on July 29, 2021, moderated by Bradley Kendall.

    Functional Heartburn and Reflux Sensitivity

    2 Case Presentations of Functional Heartburn and Reflux Hypersensitivity

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

    • Ronnie Fass, Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, USA
    • Joan Chen, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, USA
    • Bradley Kendall, Eminent Senior Staff Gastroenterologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Australia

    Checkout other presentations on the Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Playlist

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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.


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