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General Information
Conference Location

The SAGES 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in the Baltimore Convention Center located at:
1 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Parking Information

There are a number of affordable parking options located throughout downtown Baltimore close to the Convention Center. Please click here to find driving directions and use Parking Panda to find a parking option. You can make a reservation prior to arrival or purchase daily passes.

Letter From Program Chairs

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of SAGES President, Dr. Jeffrey Marks, and the Program Committee, we would like to invite you to attend the 2019 SAGES Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

This year’s SAGES Meeting will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from April 3-6, 2019. The meeting will continue to embrace the SAGES tradition of fostering learning, sharing knowledge and expertise, and collaborating amongst SAGES members, other societies, and attendees from around the world. We invite you to attend the meeting, share your experience and ideas, learn with and from colleagues, get inspired, and take home a few pearls to improve the care of your patients. Let’s not forget, SAGES knows how to entertain, and we guarantee that you will have a great time in Baltimore. After 3 days of high-quality scientific presentations, training on innovative technologies, and in-depth sessions and videos from world-renowned experts, come unwind at the Friday night’s Sing-Off!! You will not regret it!

Our meeting theme is “A View Through the Scope – Past, Present, and Future.” Much of the content at the meeting is designed to build upon and complement the SAGES Masters Program Pathways in Biliary, Colorectal, Hernia, Bariatrics, Robotics, Foregut, Flexible Endoscopy, and Acute Care Surgery. The SAGES Masters Program is a structured curriculum designed for lifelong learning, and to assist surgeons in growing their skills and knowledge to reach higher levels of expertise. We think you will enjoy unique symposiums and sessions such as “Moving Towards Opioid-Free MIS” – a session that will explore cutting edge strategies and techniques to further enhance patient recovery. Minimally invasive liver and pancreas surgery, emerging technologies, an international debate on the optimal minimally invasive strategies for cancer, and the “MIS to Organ Preservation in GI surgery” sessions will be sure to enlighten and entertain. Hands on opportunities to learn and develop technical skills including a Laparoscopic Colectomy with Intracorporeal Anastomosis course, a hands-on Paraesophageal Hernia Repair course, and a hands on Bariatric Endoscopy course are all available for those looking for a more immersive and perhaps longitudinal learning experience. The ADOPT Program will be integrated into 2 of our 4 Hands-On courses, allowing course participants to both learn on-site and then be mentored to foster adoption into their practice.

Back by popular demand, the “Devil’s in the Details” video sessions deconstruct common advanced procedures and highlight tips and tricks from experts. New this year are the “Reality TV” video sessions, which will feature in-depth accounts of intraoperative errors and complications, with a stepwise approach on how to correct them. The meeting will also bring you the latest updates in new and emerging approaches in imaging, augmented reality, simulation, teaching apps, robotics and NOTES. But at SAGES, we go beyond teaching and training in surgical techniques. Several panels, including #Millennial Surgeons, Self-Improvement Tools for all, Boost Your Academic Career, and #LookLikeALeader, will add fresh perspectives from our next generation of surgeons to pearls of wisdom from seasoned civilian and military surgical leaders, with the goal of helping you become a more effective leader and succeed in every aspect of your life.

As with all SAGES meetings, we are very technology friendly. The conference features electronic media to allow you to personalize your experience. A SAGES Meeting App will provide access to meeting content via your handheld devices, and e-mails and tweets during the meeting will keep attendees informed.

If you can only go to just one surgical meeting in 2019, this is the one! We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore this April to help us make this the best SAGES meeting ever.

Pat Sylla, MD
Jon Gould, MD

Registration Hours

Pratt Street Lobby
Tuesday, April 2: 6:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 3: 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 4: 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday, April 5: 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday, April 6: 7 AM - 2 PM

Speaker Ready Room Hours

Room 331-332
Tuesday, April 2: 12 PM - 5 PM
Wednesday, April 3: 5:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday, April 4: 5:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday, April 5: 5:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday, April 6: 6 AM - 2:30 PM

ALL SPEAKERS MUST CHECK INTO SPEAKER PREP EVEN IF YOU UPLOADED YOUR TALK ONLINE! Please upload your PowerPoint presentation and check in at Speaker Prep at least 8 hours before your session. This will ensure that we have your slides tested and readty for your presentation.

FLS, FES, and FUSE Information

FES, FLS, and FUSE Testing Available!
Wednesday, April 3 – Friday, April 5, 2019

For more details or to schedule your test:
Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery™ – www.fesprogram.org
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery™ – www.flsprogram.org
Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy™ – www.fuseprogram.org

CME/MOC Credit Claims

SAGES Accreditation

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) designates this live activity for a
maximum of 35.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with
the extent of their participation in the activity.

Self-Assessment CME Credit, Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification
(MOC) Program

The entire 2019 meeting has been designated for Self-Assessment CME Credit, applicable to Part 2 of the
American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. In order to claim Self-
Assessment credit, attendees must participate in a post meeting test based on Learning Themes which will be available as part of the overall meeting evaluation and CME credit claim. For additional information on the ABS
program and its requirements, visit the ABS website at: http://home.absurgery.org/default.jsp?exam-moc

2019 Disclosures

Please follow this link to access the list of disclosures.

Unless listed at the above link, the presenters, faculty, abstract reviewers, SAGES Board of Governors, Program Committee members, Continuing Education Committee members and Conflict of Interest Task Force members for this CME Activity do not have any financial relationships to disclose relating to the content of this activity (i.e., relevant financial relationships)


Executive Committee Members
President - Jeffrey M. Marks, M.D.
President-Elect - Aurora D. Pryor, M.D.
1st Vice President - John D. Mellinger, M.D.
2nd Vice President - Horacio J. Asbun. M.D.
Secretary - Fredrick J. Brody, M.D., M.B.A.
Treasurer - Liane S. Feldman, M.D.
Immediate Past President - Daniel B. Jones, M.D., M.S.

Members of the Board
*Brian J. Dunkin, M.D.
Robert D. Fanelli, M.D.
Timothy M. Farrell, M.D.
Pascal R. Fuchshuber, M.D.
Matthew I. Goldblatt, M.D.
Jon C. Gould, M.D.
Jeffrey Hazey, M.D.
Gretchen Jackson, M.D.
Brian P. Jacob, M.D.
Leena Khaitan, M.D.
Marina Kurian, M.D.
Anne O. Lidor, M.D., M.P.H.
Robert B. Lim, M.D.
John H. Marks, M.D.
Brent D. Matthews, M.D.
Kenric M. Murayama, M.D.
Allan E. Okrainec, M.D.
Carla M. Pugh, M.D.
Archana Ramaswamy, M.D.
E. Matthew Ritter, M.D.
Christopher M. Schlachta, M.D.
*Steven D. Schwaitzberg, M.D.
*Daniel J. Scott, M.D.
Donald J. Selzer, M.D., M.S.
Paresh C. Shah, M.D.
Dimitrios Stefanidis, M.D.
*Lee L. Swanstrom, M.D.
Patricia Sylla, M.D.
*Mark A. Talamini, M.D.
Dana A. Telem, M.D.
David R. Urbach, M.D.
Melina C. Vassiliou, M.D.
Danielle S. Walsh, M.D.

*= Past President

Unit Coordinators:
Equipment Chair: Erin Moran-Atkin
Equipment Co-Chair: Brian R. Smith
Learning Center Chair: Salvatore Docimo, Jr
Learning Center Co-Chair: Adnan A. Alseidi
Posters Chair: Amy I. Cha
Posters Co-Chair: Rana Marie Higgins
Videos Chair: Vivian M. Sanchez
Videos Co-Chair: Alexander Tharrington Hawkins
Videos Co-Chair: Yulia Zak

SAGES 2019 Keynote Lecturers

Jonathan Woodson: Gerald Marks Lecturer
Jonathan Woodson, MD, leads Boston University’s University-wide Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. He is a Larz Anderson Professor in Management and Professor of the Practice at the Questrom School of Business, and holds joint appointments as Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine and Professor of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the School of Public Health. Dr. Woodson served from 2010 to 2016 as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in the United States Department of Defense (DoD). He was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for all health and force health protection related issues, and ensured the effective execution of the DoD medical mission. He exercised authority, direction, and control over the Defense Health Agency, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Tricare Health Plan—responsible for servicing 9.5 million beneficiaries. His organization provided and maintained medical readiness for the medical services including during military operations, those held in control of the military services, and those entitled to Tricare.

Jeffrey Ponsky: Karl Storz Lecturer
Jeffrey L. Ponsky completed his surgical training at University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1976. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland where he was the Director of Surgical Endoscopy. In 1979 he became the Director of the Department of Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland where he remained through 1997. During that time Dr. Ponsky was Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Case. Dr. Ponsky then joined The Cleveland Clinic as the Director of Endoscopic Surgery and was the first Executive Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. He was also the Vice Chairman of the Division of Education and Director of Graduate Medical Education. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors at The Cleveland Clinic. In 2005 he assumed the Oliver H. Payne Professorship and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Case Western University School of Medicine. Dr. Ponsky also served as Surgeon-in-Chief at that institution. He returned to The Cleveland Clinic to concentrate on the practice of foregut surgery and advanced surgical endoscopy in 2014. Dr. Ponsky presently serves as Professor of Surgery and Director of Developmental Endoscopy at The Cleveland Clinic and Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs at CWRU School of Medicine. Dr. Ponsky has served as President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), President of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, President of the Cleveland Surgical Society, and President of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of numerous prominent surgical societies. He was Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. He has been the Vice President of the American Surgical Association, and also The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. In 2017 Dr. Ponsky was appointed the initial holder of The Lynda and Marlin Younker Chair in Developmental Endoscopy.

Code of Conduct

SAGES is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming experience for everyone at every SAGES sponsored event. We encourage diversity of thought and expression. Civility and professionalism are expected at every SAGES sponsored event. SAGES members, meeting/event attendees and guests will neither engage in, nor condone, any discrimination or harassment that contributes to an uncomfortable, ineffective, or hostile environment.

SAGES members, meeting/event attendees and guests have an obligation to act if they notice unethical or inappropriate conduct in other SAGES members, attendees of SAGES meetings/events or their guests. If directly approaching the individual(s) is insufficient to resolve the problem, this obligation includes reporting the conduct to the SAGES President, Executive Director & Ethics Committee. The disciplinary process outlined in SAGES Bylaws, Article XIII, Section 13 will then be followed.

Prayer Room

SAGES has designated the VIP West room on level 400 as a prayer room for any attendees who require it.

Mother's Room

SAGES has designated the VIP East room on level 400 as a space for nursing mothers.

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Save the Dates!

SAGES 2020 Annual Meeting:
April 1-4, 2020, Cleveland, OH

SAGES 2021 Annual Meeting:
April 7-10, 2021, Las Vegas, NV