Conference Topics and Syllabus



  • Reflux Disorders
  • Medical and Surgical Management of Reflux
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Dysplasia and endoscopic management
  • Rumination syndrome, belching, aerophagia, Hiccups, evaluation

Acid peptic disorders of the gastrointestinal tract

Motor disorders of the gastrointestinal tract

Other Stomach Conditions

  • Gastric Polyps
  • Gastric Carcinoids

Irritable bowel syndrome and Functional GI disorders

Disorders of nutrient assimilation/Malnutrition

Inflammatory bowel diseases

  • IBD, diagnosis and management
  • Immunomodulators and Biologic Therapy for IBD, advancements
  • Post surgical management of IBD
  • Complications of IBD/ surgical complications and management
  • Serologic markers and Drug metabolite in IBD
  • Issues in surveillance and management of dysplasia in IBD

Colonic Disease

  • Colon Cancer and Screening
  • Polyp surveillance, Malignant polyps/Serrated adenomas
  • Constipation, pelvic floor dysfunction, evaluation and management
  • Diverticular disease and complications/Diverticulitis
  • Endoscopic Resection of Colorectal polyps, guidelines and management
  • Familial Colo-rectal cancer
  • Evidence Based Guidelines for Post-Colon Cancer Management and Guidelines

Other small bowel and colonic diseases

  • Short Gut Syndrome
  • Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth syndrome
  • Microscopic Colitis
  • Radiation Colitis and enteritis
  • Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome
  • Diversion colitis
  • Graft vs host disease

Vascular disorders of the gastrointestinal tract

  • Meseteric Ischemia
  • Acute Ischemic Colitis/Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia
  • Portal Venous Thrombosis

Gastrointestinal infections

  • Retroviral, mycotic, and parasitic diseases
  • C-difficile infection and management or recurrent disease

Gastrointestinal diseases with an immune basis

  • Celiac Sprue
  • Esinophilic GI disorder/Allergic GI disorder
  • GI involvement in Autoimmune disorders


  • Acute Viral Hepatitis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Fulminant hepatic failure
  • Chronic Viral Hepatitis
  • Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (B and C)
  • SBP and HRS in Liver failure
  • TIPS in the Management of Complications of Liver disease
  • Drug and Toxin induced liver disease
  • Pregnancy related hepatobiliary disease
  • Cholestatic Syndromes (PSC/PBC/etc)
  • Genetic Liver Diseases (Hemochromatosis, Alpha-1 AT Deficiency, Wilson’s disease)
  • Complication of Chronic Liver disease
  • Autoimmune liver diseases
  • Vascular disorders of liver (Budd-Chiari and Ischemic/hypoxic hepatitis)
  • Perioperative evaluation and Management of Liver disease patient
  • Pre-transplant evaluation and MELD
  • Hepatocelluar carcinoma/other hepatic malignancy
  • Liver imaging modalities
  • Management and evaluation of Post-Transplant Patients

Gastrointestinal neoplastic disease

  • HIV related GI Malignancy
  • Anal Canal Cancer
  • Tumor biology
  • Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment for GI Malignancies
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Gastrointestinal Lymphoma
  • Endoluminal stenting in GI Malignancies
  • Familial risk of gastric/esophageal cancer
  • GI Stromal Tumors

Pancreatic Diseases

  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic Function Studies
  • Idiopathic Pancreatitis
  • Nutritional Support in acute and Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Radiologic Evaluation of Pancreas and biliary tract
  • Biliary Dyskinesia/Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction
  • Pancreatic Divisum
  • Indications and complications of pancreatic Surgery
  • Evaluation of pancreatic Cys
  • Molecular genetic of hereditary pancreatic disorders
  • Pancreatic Cancer

Biliary Diseases

  • RUQ abdominal pain and evaluation
  • Gall stone disease and acute cholecystitis (calculous and acalculous)
  • Neoplastic diseases of the gallbladder and bile ducts

Women’s health issues and pediatric Gastroenterology

  • IBD issues in pediatric population and women
  • Neonatal Jaundice, and cholestasis
  • Common Pediatric Gastrointestinal problems
    • Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, Cystic fibrosis necrotizing enterocolitis, Meckel’s diverticulum, intestinal intussusception, and mid-gut volvulus
  • GI Complications of GYN-malignancy and treatment
  • Pregnancy and GI Pharmacology
  • Osteoporosis in GI and Liver Diseases

Geriatric gastroenterology

  • Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Risks and Complications
  • Evaluation and risks of endoscopic procedures among elderly
  • Effect of aging on gastrointestinal Tract and common GI illness among elderly population

Gastrointestinal bleeding

  • Upper GI bleeding
  • Non Variceal GI Bleeding and Management
  • Variceal Bleeding and Management
  • Lower GI Bleeding and Management
  • GI Bleeding of Obscure Origin, evaluation and management (including AVMs)

Genetic/inherited disorders

  • Genetic marker in Crohn’s disease

Advance Endoscopic Technique

  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Double Balloon Enteroscopy, Single Fiber endoscopy, Narrow Band Imaging and Confocal (high magnification endoscopy)

Anal canal diseases/disorder

  • Hemorrhoids and anal fissure
  • Anal canal benign and malignant diseases
  • Fecal Incontinence and evaluation, Fecal Impaction

Surgical Treatment for Morbid obesity


  • Anticoag and antiplt agents and GI Endoscopy

Gastrointestinal and biliary manifestations of HIV infections

Other Topics

  • Systemic Diseases affecting GI and Liver, including para-neoplastic disorders
  • Management of GI emergencies in the acutely ill patient/ileus (including Acid Suppressive therapy in ICU)
  • Advance Imaging Techniques in GI/Liver: CT Colonography, CT enterography, PET Scan

Training in Nutrition

  • HIV
  • Nutritional issues in patients with IBD

Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Training in Research

Training in Surgery

Training in Radiology

Techniques used in the basic science investigation of gastrointestinal cancer

  • flow cytometry, polymerase chain reaction assays, mutation analysis, methylation assays, DNA sequencing, and linkage analysis.

Complications of Endoscopic Procedures

Foreign body management

Contact Us

Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

956 Court Ave, Suite H314
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-2510

Linda Bridgewater, Administrative Secretary
Phone: (901) 448-5813
Fax: (901) 448-7091
956 Court Avenue, Suite H210
Memphis, TN 38163


Department of Medicine