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The American Foregut Society
September 28 – October 1, 2023 | Gaylord Texan, Dallas, TX

You can't find anywhere else a meeting dedicated to Foregut disease with the collegiality and depth of knowledge that has brought GIs and Surgeons together than at the annual AFS meeting! Please join us to discuss and learn in Dallas on Sept 28–Oct 1st, 2023.
Reginald Bell, MD – President, AFS

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2023 AFS Women of The Foregut: The Power of Your Voice in Foregut

WoTF Coffee Talk 2.0: "Breaking Barriers and Shaping the Future" 
Date: Friday, September 29th 
Time: 7-9 AM  

WoTF Workshop: “LeadHERship: Empowering Women for Professional Growth and Organizational Success” 
Date: Saturday, September 30th 
Time: 7 PM-late night cocktails (or pajama time whichever comes first) 

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Share your passion for FOREGUT! Join an AFS Committee!

Clinical Practice
Endoscopic Foregut Surgery
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AFS Textbook of Foregut Disease

The AFS Textbook of Foregut Disease serves as a comprehensive guide of information covering the fast-evolving field of foregut disease. This textbook is designed as a partnership between gastroenterologists & gastrointestinal surgeons with an understanding that an essential component of moving forward in this field is through collaboration. This AFS textbook has been developed by the American Foregut Society, a premier society for foregut disease and all chapters are written by experts in the field. Readership is intended for gastroenterologists, GI and thoracic surgeons, gastroenterology and general surgery residents and fellows, medical students, and integrated health members that manage foregut disease. All chapters follow an organized format that contains many graphs, tables, intraoperative photographs, and illustrations of techniques. This textbook provides the most up-to-date scientific information and will be the definitive resource to guide both the diagnosis and management of foregut disease for years to come.

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The Latest Issue of Foregut is Now Available!

Volume 3, Issue 2 – Disparities in Benign and Malignant Foregut Disease

The AFS Journal is available to all current AFS members. Please log in to the AFS site with your member profile and select AFS Journal from the site menu under Library to access the Journal.


AFS's official journal Foregut is soliciting papers for the following themed issues that will be published in 2024: 

  • Clinical-Pathologic Challenges in Foregut Diseases
    • Submissions due November 15, 2023
  • Gastroparesis in Foregut Diseases
    • Submissions due December 1, 2023

Visit our Author Instructions for more information or submit your work today.


The AFS announces a new endoscopic classification of the esophagogastric junction. The classification recognizes that the antireflux barrier involves the crural diaphragm and intrinsic lower esophageal sphincter in addition to the flap valve classification as described by Hill. It stratifies EGJ integrity from normal (grade 1) to increasing degrees of EGJ disruption (grade 2-4) beginning with loss of the flap valve and progressing to increasing degrees of crural disruption and hiatus hernia. It also stipulates appropriate endoscopic methodology for the assessment and provides a basic nomenclature for communication among endoscopists.

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