October 26, 2017/Digestive/CME

Can’t Miss CME: DDSI Week

Join us Feb. 14-20, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale

DDSI week

If you want the latest in colorectal disease, gastroenterology & hepatology, and foregut, you won’t want to miss Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute (DDSI) Week.


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At DDSI Week, from Feb. 14-20 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, you’ll learn from expert international faculty who will exchange medical and surgical concepts, including in-depth, detailed overviews of new, controversial and challenging digestive disease themes.

The event features symposia across three specialties held over seven days at two beautiful locations:

Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale:

  • 29th Annual Jagelman/39th Annual Turnbull International Colorectal Disease Symposium, Feb. 15-17
  • 7th Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology Symposium, Feb. 16-17

Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale:

  • 17th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium, Feb. 17-20
    • 5th International Congress of Fluorescence Guided Imaging Surgery

Attendees can also participate in the 2nd Annual Pelvic Dissection taTME Cadaver Lab on Feb. 14 at the Miami Anatomical Research Center (M.A.R.C.) in Coral Gables. Transportation will be provided to this state-of-the-art learning center.

“All of us in the Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute are excited to have DDSI Week 2018 back in Fort Lauderdale at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel, and to add a new venue, the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, both of which are located on the beach,” says Conor Delaney, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute.


Multidisciplinary approach to colorectal disease management

“The hallmark of our Florida DDSI courses has always been the international faculty and the global distribution of the attendees during the intense comprehensive programs,” adds Steven D. Wexner, MD, Director of the Digestive Disease and Surgery Center and Colorectal Surgery Chairman at Cleveland Clinic Florida. “We look forward to welcoming hundreds of registrants from around the world at our three DDSI courses to interact with and learn from our internationally renowned faculty.”

Those participants who attend the International Colorectal Disease Symposium, Feb. 14-17 will receive a detailed analysis of the current status of every major colorectal area, with video demonstrations to help improve competencies and patient outcomes. Participants will benefit from the multidisciplinary integration of surgery, gastroenterology, imaging and pathology in combined sessions that focus on optimizing patient outcomes.

Hands-on learning

On Feb. 14, DDSI Week attendees can participate in the Pelvic Dissection taTME Cadaver Lab as a non-CME educational opportunity. They’ll receive instruction from renowned faculty, with the chance to develop or perfect their technique of transanal surgery.

Integrating gastroenterology and hepatology

The mid-week DDSI schedule will focus on practical, evidence-based management of challenging patients with esophageal diseases, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and small bowel and pancreatic diseases. A renowned faculty will discuss the latest advances in the field.

Foregut features

On Feb. 17, participants can attend the 5th International Congress of Fluorescence Guided Imaging Surgery, which is incorporated into the Surgery of the Foregut Symposium. This unique course will help surgeons better understand the known and potential applications of infrared light as a tool to guide surgery and reduce complications. The Surgery of the Foregut Symposium will also encompass:

  • Guest Faculty from The Brigham and Women’s Hospital present topics on Surgery of the Esophagus and Diaphragm on Feb. 18
  • New Frontiers and Controversies in Bariatric Surgery on Feb. 19
  • Live Surgery Day at David Jagelman Conference Center, at Cleveland Clinic Florida on Feb. 20

Call for abstracts

All three symposia are accepting abstracts for review by Cleveland Clinic staff. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15, 2017.


Florida in February: A cool place to learn hot topics

Overall, DDSI Week provides an ideal academic setting for interacting with attendees and faculty from around the world, yet it’s small enough for one-on-one and small-group conversations during breaks and meals.

“The course brings together an impressive faculty from Cleveland Clinic, as well as colleagues from around the U.S. and internationally. The content will be an in-depth and topical review of new and exciting topics in colorectal surgery, gastroenterology & hepatology and general surgery,” Dr. Delaney says. “We look forward to seeing you there!”

Register for DDSI Week today.

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