General Surgeons as the GERD Experts in the Community

Session Description

Surgeons in small communities are frequently the foregut endoscopists. More and more patients are asking to be free of their dependence on PPI (proton pump inhibitors) medications. This is an excellent opportunity to establish oneself as the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) expert in the community. In order to provide high-quality and consistently excellent results, one must be committed to a scientific and rigorous evaluation of these patients. This panel will describe the essential components of a comprehensive GERD service line. Surgeons will describe their personal experience after years of practice in their communities. Techniques of ambulatory pH testing and high-resolution manometry and others will be discussed. Patient selection and indications for various anti-reflux procedures will be discussed.

Moderator: Scott D. Coates, MD, FACS, Chanute, KS

Co-Moderator: David J. Welsh, MD, MBA, FACS, Batesville, IN


Acid Reflux Center Development for the Young Surgeon: How I Do It
Medhat Y. Fanous, MBBCh, FACS, Iron River, MI

Initial Patient and Procedure Selection: Potential Evaluation and Procedure Toolkit and Skill Set Required
Robert B. Lim, MD, FACS, Kailua, HI

Pro Forma or No Forma: How to Evaluate the Wants and Needs of GERD Center Tools Perspective from the C Suite
Julie A. Conyers, MBA, MD, FACS, Ketchikan, AK

Pearls of Wisdom to Those Engaged in the Surgical Treatment of GERD
John G. Hunter, MD, FACS, Portland, OR

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for General Surgery and the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

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Faculty and Disclosures

David J. Welsh MD, MBA, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
John G. Hunter MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Julie A. Conyers MBA, MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Medhat Y. Fanous MBBCh, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Robert B. Lim MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Scott D. Coates MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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