5th Virtual International Digestive Disease Symposium (DDI)
4th Virtual Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease Summit (DOCS)

16th – 18th September 2021



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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome all to the 5th Annual International Digestive Disease Symposium (DDI 2021) and 4th Annual Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease Summit (DOCS 2021) scheduled for 16 – 18 September 2021! Much in our world has changed with the COVID pandemic still affecting us deeply and I hope that this finds you well. We are looking forward to “seeing” you in Abu Dhabi as the Congress will again be virtual this year.

The feedback from last year attendees was incredibly positive, with great interest in our debates and compelling Q and A sessions, as well as excellent interactions with colleagues from around the world and our industry partners too.

The Virtual Conference aims to provide its participants with the latest, evidence based and state-of-the-art lectures addressing a spectrum of both common and complex topics. This scientific program is specifically developed to present up to date, data driven management of a variety of conditions including medical and surgical approaches to: liver and pancreatic diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal disorders, gastrointestinal oncology, colorectal disorders, metabolic and bariatric surgery, all types of hernia repair, general gastroenterology and endoscopy, and nutritional conditions.

In addition, this year the content will be expanded to include new topics including breast surgery and robotic surgery...


Matthew Kroh, MD
Institute Chair
Digestive Disease Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi


Shiva Kumar, MD
Scientific Program Chair
Digestive Disease Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

John Rodriguez
Activity Director


Timings (GMT +4) Activity
15:30 - 15:45 Conference Opening
15:30 - 15:35 Welcome Address - DDI & DOCS 2020
Matthew Kroh, UAE
15:35 - 15:45 Keynote Address – Biomedical Innovation: Development of New Technologies in Academic Medicine
Matthew Kroh, UAE
15:45 - 16:00 Break for Networking
16:00 - 18:00 Session 1: Parallel Sessions
Track 1
Session A: Nursing and Dietetics

Moderators: Matthew Kroh & Diana Tannous
Track 2
Session B: Updates in Gastroenterology

Moderators: Zaher Koutoubi & Saira Butt
16:00 - 16:15 Evolution of Tertiary Care Referral Centre Nursing Prospective
Abeer Alblooshi, UAE
Screening for Colorectal Cancer An Update
Aydamir Alrakawi, UAE
16:15 - 16:30 Non-Endoscopic CRC Screening Tests: What is the evidence? (G)
Cristobal Moreno, UAE
Non-Endoscopic CRC Screening Tests: What is the evidence?
Cristobal Moreno, UAE
16:30 - 16:45 Enteral Nutrition in Crohn’s Disease
Sana AlZaafaralli, UAE
Hypertriglyceridemia and Acute Pancreatitis
Noe Vazquez, UAE
16:45 - 17:00 Managing IBS in Patients after Bariatric Surgery
Ghina Hamaoui, UAE
New Trends in Bariatric Surgery for Non-Surgeons
Carlos Abril, UAE
17:00 - 17:15 Program Coordinator in Nursing: New option for bringing care to our Patients
Roland Ortiz, UAE
Gut Failure, Rehabilitation, and Intestinal Transplantation: Where are we in 2020?
Abdullah Shatnawei, UAE
17:15 - 17:30 Nutritional management of Severe Vitamin Deficiency post-Bariatric Surgery
Asma Alnuaimi, UAE
Update on Capsule Endoscopy
Pascale Anglade, UAE
17:30 - 17:45 CCAD’s Journey to Magnet
Cipriano Mayor, UAE
Non-gastrointestinal sources of abdominal and pelvic pain: A gynecologic surgeon’s perspective
Jean Uy-Kroh, UAE
17:45 - 18:00 Q&A panel Q&A panel
18:00 - 18:15 Break for Networking
18:15 - 19:45 Session 2: Parallel Sessions
Track 1
Session A: Liver Diseases and Transplantation

Moderator: Mahmoud Omar & Shiva Kumar
Track 2
Session B: Trending Topics in Foregut Disease

Moderators: Abdulmanan Khaskheli & Khaled Hamdan
18:15 - 18:30 Liver Transplantation in 2020: Recent advances & Future perspectives
Antonio Pinna, USA
Treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease- The Pill or the Knife?
Sigurbjorn Birgisson, UAE
18:30 - 18:45 Liver Transplantation in the UAE: the CCAD experience
Shiva Kumar, UAE
POEM for Achalasia in 2020: A New Standard?
Matthew Kroh, UAE
18:45 - 19:00 Noninvasive evaluation of NAFLD: Current status & future perspectives
Ahmed Mansour, UAE
What’s New in Eosinophilic Esophagitis?
Ahmed Sultan, UAE
19:00 - 19:15 Acute on Chronic Liver Failure: An Intensivist’s perspective
Baraa Abduljawad, UAE
Emerging Endoscopic Technologies for Gastroparesis
Michael Klingler, UAE
19:15 - 19:30 Role of Imaging in Liver Disease: What the non-Radiologist needs to know
Numan Balci, UAE
Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection: Applications & Outcomes
Ammar Kheir, UAE
19:30 - 19:45 Q&A panel Q&A panel
19:45 - 20:00 Day Break for Networking
***DAY 1 END***


Timings (GMT +4) Activity
15:30 - 16:00 Keynote Lecture 1: Social Media and Medicine in 2020
Brian Jacob, USA
16:00 - 16:15 Break for Networking
16:15 - 17:30 Session 3: Parallel Sessions
Track 1
Session A: All Things Robotic & New Technologies

Moderators: Lameese Tabaja & Gabriel Del Gobbo
Track 2
Session B: New Horizons in Nursing

Moderators: Guus Jansen & Juan Barajas
16:15 - 16:30 Innovative Technologies: Robotics and Magnetics in Surgery
Matthew Kroh, UAE
Robotic surgery: Lessons Learned at CCAD
Jecymin David, UAE
16:30 - 16:45 Open versus Lap versus Robotic inguinal hernia repair: What is the data?
Alisan Fathalizadeh, USA
Significance of Bowel Preparation Quality
Valsala Visno, UAE
16:45 - 17:00 Robotics in Bariatric Surgery
Ricard Corcelles, UAE
Infection Control Awareness in Endoscopy
Adelaide D’Souza, UAE & Beata Umugwangwali, UAE
17:00 - 17:15 Complementary Technologies: Role of ICG
Raul Rosenthal, USA
Esophageal Manometry and 24 hours Esophageal pH Monitoring
Mary Angellin Guano, UAE
17:15 - 17:30 Q&A panel Q&A panel
17:30 - 17:45 Break for Networking
17:45 - 19:00 Session 4: Parallel Sessions
Track 1
Session A: All Things Hernia

Moderator: Nahed Nasser & Juan Barajas
Track 2
Session B: Colorectal Surgery

Moderators: Shafik Sidani & Gurjeet Gulati
17:45 - 18:00 Development of a Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery Program (G)
Suviraj John, India
Development of a Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery Program
Suviraj John, India
18:00 - 18:15 How Do I learn What’s New in Hernia Surgery?
Bret Cardwell, UAE
Robotics in Colorectal Surgery
Shafik Sidani, UAE
18:15 - 18:30 Laparoscopic Hernia Repair: Still the Best Approach?
Homero Rivas, UAE
Which Treatment I Should Use in 2020 ? Updates on Hemorrhoids Management
Lameese Tabaja, UAE
18:30 - 18:45 Obesity and Hernia
Javed Raza, UAE
Pelvic floor Dysfunction
Valentina Giaccaglia, UAE
18:45 - 19:00 Q&A panel Q&A panel
19:00 - 19:15 Break for Networking
19:15 - 20:15 Session 5: Parallel Sessions
Track 1
Session A: Update on Breast Diseases

Moderators: Rafal Iskanderian & Elie Choufani
Track 2
Session B: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Moderators: Ammar Kheir & Abdul Sattar
19:15 - 19:30 Updates on Breast Cancer: What’s New in 2020?
Stephen Grobmyer, UAE
Inflammatory Bowel Disease at CCAD and the Role of IBD Nurse in the Management of IBD
Zaher Koutoubi, UAE & Dorevie Palon, UAE
19:30 - 19:45 Medical Management of Breast Cancer
Elie Choufani, UAE
Biosimilars & Drug Level Monitoring in IBD: What the Clinician Needs to Know
Mohammed Alam, UAE
19:45 - 20:00 Current Approach to Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Management
Ahmad Matalkah, UAE
Ileocecal Crohn’s Disease: When to Operate?
Shafik Sidani, UAE
20:00 - 20:15 Q&A panel Q&A panel
20:15 - 20:30 Day Break for Networking
***DAY 2 END***


Timings (GMT +4) Activity
15:30 - 16:00 Keynote Lecture 2: Quality and Value for Health Care Deliver in 2020
Conor Delaney, USA
16:00 - 16:15 Break for Networking
16:15 - 17:30 Session 6: Parallel Sessions
Track 1
Session A: Health Implications and Perspectives of Obesity and Diabetes

Moderators: Hussein Saadi & Matthew Kroh
Track 2
Session B: New therapies in Gastroneterology

Moderators: Ruba AlRefai & Shiva Kumar
16:15 - 16:30 Impact on Population Health: Medical and Financial Implications
Ronney Shantouf, UAE
Endoscopic Gallbladder Drainage?
Aydamir Alrakawi, UAE
16:30 - 16:45 Towards Reducing the Burden of Diabetes
Hussein Saadi, UAE
What’s New in Loco-regional Therapy of Hepatocellular Carcinoma?
Hicham Abada, UAE
16:45 - 17:00 Evaluation of the Obese Patient
Rahat Ghazanfar, UAE
Updates on COVID-19 in Patients with IBD
Sara ElOuali, UAE
17:00 - 17:15 Interdisciplinary Medical Treatment of Obesity: CCF Experience
Scott Butsch, USA
Endoscopic Management of Ampullary Adenoma
Amer Alkhatib, UAE
17:15 - 17:30 Q&A panel Q&A panel
17:30 - 17:45 Break for Networking
17:45 - 18:45 Session 7: Parallel Sessions
Track 1
Session A: Lifestyle Interventions

Moderators: Matthew Kroh & Nicole Sirotin
Track 2
Session B: Controversies in Digestive Diseases in 2020

Moderators: Ricard Corcelles & Hiam Mohammed
17:45 - 18:00 Nutrition Considerations in Pancreatic Insufficiency
Ranim Kaddoura, UAE
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Controversies in Case Management
Zaher Koutoubi, UAE
18:00 - 18:15 Healthy Shopping and Cooking- A Chef’s Approach
Patrick Bischoff, UAE
Pancreatic Cystic Lesions: Surveillance or Surgery?
Amer Alkhatib, UAE
18:15 - 18:30 Nutritional Management of Pregnancy after Bariatric Surgery
Nayla Mezher, UAE
Debate: What’s best Treatment for Diabetes: The Pill or the Knife?
Mohammad Jamal, Kuwait & Bartolome Burguera, USA
18:30 - 18:45 Q&A panel Q&A panel
18:45 - 19:00 Break for Networking
19:00 - 20:45 Track 1
Session 8: All About Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery

Moderators: Javed Raza & Safwan Taha
19:00 - 19:15 Primer for the General Practicioner: Pre- and Post-Operative Considerations of Diet, Vitamins, and Medical Management
Rahat Ghazanfar, UAE
19:15 - 19:30 What's New in Bariatric Surgery?
Mohamad Al Hadad, UAE
19:30 - 19:45 Endoscopic Approaches for Treatment of Metabolic Diseases
Matthew Kroh, UAE
19:45 - 20:00 Obesity, Cardiovascular Diseases and the Impact of Bariatric Interventions
Ali Aminian, USA
20:00 - 20:15 Weight Regain After Bariatric Surgery: A Dietician's Perspective
Violeta Moize, Spain
20:15 - 20:30 Weight Regain After Bariatric Surgery: A Surgeon's Perspective
Natan Zundel, USA
20:30 - 20:45 Q&A Panel
20:45 - 21:00 Day Break for Networking
***DAY 3 END***


Timings (GMT +4) Activity
15:30 - 16:00 Keynote Lecture 3: Economics of Healthcare after COVID-19
Julio Mayol, Spain
16:00 - 16:15 Break for Networking
16:15 - 17:45 Track 1
Session 9: Co-Morbid Disease of Obesity/ Comprehensive Care for Our Patients

Moderators: Sara Suliman & Mohammed Abdallah
16:15 - 16:30 Weight Centric Approach to Diabetes Management
Bartolome Burguera, USA
16:30 - 16:45 Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease for the Generalist
Hani Sabbour, UAE
16:45 - 17:00 Lifestyle Interventions: An Underappreciated Early Opportunity to Intervene
Nicole Sirotin, UAE
17:00 - 17:15 The Emerging Epidemic of Childhood Obesity
Nadeem Abdullah, UAE
17:15 - 17:30 Obesity and Cancer
Raul Rosenthal, USA
17:30 - 17:45 Q&A Panel
17:45 - 18:00 Closing Remarks
***DAY 4 END***


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