Digestive Disease Week (DDW)

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About Digestive Disease Week

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is considered the largest and most prestigious meeting in the world for the GI professional. Every year it attracts approximately 15,000 physicians, researchers and academics from around the world who desire to stay up-to-date in the field.

The meeting is the year's best opportunity to learn about the latest advances in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders, and cutting-edge technological advances.

DDW is jointly sponsored by four societies: the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA); the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD); the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE); and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).

The information below describes some of the AGA programming at DDW. For additional AGA program highlights and details, read the 2014 AGA Highlights at DDW booklet and online tool, or visit the DDW website. You can also view highlights from each society.


As of April 2, 2014, please refer to MyDDW for the most up to date session information.


Registration is now open. View all registration categories on the DDW website.

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AGA Spring Postgraduate Course

Best Practices at the Bedside: Critical Thinking for Common Conditions

Course Director: David Rubin, MD, AGAF
Course Co-Directors: Bruce Bacon, MD, AGAF, and Grace Elta, MD, FASGE

Saturday, May 3, 8:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 4, 8:30 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

Register online

Registration Type Fee
AGA Member $480
Nonmember $630
AGA Member Trainee $220
Nonmember Trainee $320
AGA Member Mid-Level Provider/Nurse $320
Nonmember Mid-Level Provider/Nurse $420
AGA Senior Member $210

Learn more.

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AGA Program Highlights

Focused Clinical Updates and Focused Research Roundtables

Sunday, May 4 & Monday, May 5, 6:30–7:45 a.m.
Session Fee: $60
These sessions are designed to help you choose the “must see” clinical research and basic science abstracts accepted by AGA for presentation at DDW. Topics include:

  • NSAIDs: Risk and Prophylaxis (FC01)
  • Functional Dyspepsia (FC02)
  • Antibiotic-Resistant H. pylori Infection: What to Do When Standard Therapy Fails (FC03)
  • Upper GI Bleeding (FC04)
  • Emerging Therapies in IBD (FC05)
  • How to Manage the Autistic Child
  • With Gastrointestinal Disorders (FC06)
  • Difficult Diarrheas (FC07)
  • Chronic Pancreatitis (FC08)
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (FC09)
  • New Insights in Immune Mechanisms of IBD (FR01)

Problem-Based Learning Luncheons

Monday, May 5 & Tuesday, May 6, 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Session Fee: $70
During these small-group sessions, an expert facilitator leads registrants in a discussion of real-life case presentations. The group identifies relevant facts, hypotheses and learning agenda items and then resolves the problem put forth in the case presentation. A boxed lunch is provided. Space is limited. Session titles include:

  • Tough Decisions in Managing Crohn’s Disease in Adolescents (LL01)
  • Diagnostic and Management Tools for the Constipated Patient (LL02)
  • Controversies in the Diagnosis and Management of Colorectal Neoplasia in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease (LL03)
  • Cystic Neoplasms of The Pancreas: What Do I Really Need to Know? (LL04)
  • Optimizing the Care of Crohn’s Disease Patients: What to Do When Medications are Not Working (LL05)
  • Choledochal Cysts: Complex Diagnostic and Management Problems in the Adult Patient (LL06)
  • “Help! Why Do I Have So Much Gas?” Are There Any Magic Pills or Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome? (LL07)
  • Acute Pancreatitis: Fighting the War and Minimizing Collateral Damage (LL08)
  • Bringing the 18-Year-Old with IBD from Pediatric to Adult Care — How Both Sides Can Ease the Transition (LL09)
  • Pancreatic “Mass Querader” (LL10)

MOC Now and Tomorrow: Meeting the New MOC Requirements

Sponsored by the AGA Institute Education and Training Committee
Tuesday, May 6, 10–11:30 a.m.
Be prepared for the January 2014 changes by attending this session.

21st Century Patient-Provider Communication

Moderator: Ashish Atreja
Tuesday, May 6, 10–11:30 a.m.
Presentations include:

  • Communication With the Patient in the Era of EHR
  • Electronic Communication via Email and Patient Portals
  • Patient Engagement Through Apps and Social Media

Curbside Consultants

Sunday, May 4 & Monday, May 5, 12:30–2 p.m.
Session Fee: $60
Lunchtime Q&A sessions between registrants and an expert clinical moderator who will answer challenging case-specific inquiries on clinical topics. Attendance is limited.

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AGA Trainee and Young GI Track

Mentor and Advisor Program: Reception for Trainees/Young GIs: An Evening with AGA Mentors

Saturday, May 3, 5:45–7:15 p.m.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by April 18 to attend.

Trainee and Young GI Reception

Sunday, May 4, 7-9 p.m.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by April 18 to attend.

Board Review Session

Session Chairs: Arthur J. DeCross, MD, AGAF; Carl L. Berg, MD; Anil B. Nagar, MD
Monday, May 5, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Career and Professional Related Issues

Session Chairs: Brijen Shah, MD and Rotonya Carr, MD
Monday, May 5, 12:30–2 p.m.

Preparing Yourself for Life After Fellowship

Monday, May 5, 2–3:30 p.m.

The Next Accreditation System (NAS) and Milestones: Advice for Fellows and Faculty

Monday, May 5, 4–5:30 p.m.

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Pathways to Greater Diversity in GI: DDW Sessions for Minority Physician-Scientists

Mentor and Advisor Program: Reception for Trainees/Young GIs: An Evening with AGA Mentors

Saturday, May 3, 5:45–7:15 p.m.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by April 18 to attend.

Aspects of the Hepatitis C Epidemic in U.S. Minority Groups

Sunday, May 4, 10-11:30 a.m.

Trainee and Young GI Reception

Sunday, May 4, 7-9 p.m.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by April 18 to attend.

Lo Mejor de DDW: The Best of AGA at DDW in Spanish

Monday, May 5, 10–11:30 a.m.

DDW Diversity Reception

Monday, May 5, 6–7 p.m.

Resolving Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment: What Will It Take?

Tuesday, May 6, 2-3:30 p.m.

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Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions will highlight the most novel and innovative studies at DDW.

ASGE/AGA Presidential Plenary

Sunday, May 4, 1:30–5 p.m.

Basic Science

Sunday, May 4, 10–11:30 a.m.

Distinguished Abstract Plenaries

Saturday, May 3, Sunday May 4 & Monday, May 5, Times TBD

Late-Breaking Abstract Lectures

Basic Science
Tuesday, May 6, 8–9:30 a.m.

Clinical Science
Tuesday, May 6, 10–11:30 a.m.

AGA Academy of Educators Plenary Session

Physician Competencies and Milestones Across the Continuum

Tuesday, May 6, 8–9:30am.

At this special session for educators, participants will discuss the shift to a
competency-based model of medical training; learn to apply competency-based education to practice settings; share creative methods of teaching gastroenterology concepts; and receive an update on GI competency milestones

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DDW Live

Can't travel to Chicago for DDW 2014? Bring the meeting to your office or home with DDW Live. With this virtual meeting product, you will be able to live stream sessions as they happen, plus receive on demand access for 30 days after the meeting ends.

DDW on Demand

Have access to DDW session recordings and view presentations with DDW on Demand.

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