The AFS 2020 Annual Meeting (Virtually) LIVE FROM ACROSS AMERICA! 

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Click HERE to go to the meeting website.

The Annual Meeting schedule for this September 25th-26th WILL GO ON, though we won’t all be gathering in San Francisco as we hoped.  These unprecedented circumstances have challenged us all, and when life hands you lemons… you make delicious lemonade.

So we have started from scratch redesigning a conference to engage you – to help shape your society, share your collective experiences, challenge the experts and learn together from endoscopic and surgical cases.

Watch for more emails from AFS in the near future with details about our meeting.  Let’s all get excited for a collegial and educational experience that anyone with any interest in diseases of the foregut cannot miss.  Looking forward to seeing all of you (virtually) this September!

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AFS 2nd Annual Meeting September 25-26, 2020

“Live from Across America!”- Preliminary Agenda

  • This will not be your mother’s Zoom – no snoring allowed!

Throughout the meeting – Experts will moderate posts on the AFS Facebook Collaboration – listen to what they have to say about your toughest cases!

Friday 9/25 2-6:30 P.M EDT (all times EDT)

Live Cases from East to West!

Hosted by Denver 

  • Third Space – A New Frontier For Endoscopy. ESD, POEM, GPOP, Alphabet Soup
  • Think Thin – Endoscopic Bariatric Procedures
  • Bye Bye Burn – TIF, LINX, and Beyond 
  • I, Robot: Computer-assisted Reflux Surgery – does it mesh?

Stavros Stavropoulos, Chris Thompson, Reem Shariha, Ninh Nguyen, Pichamol Jirapinyo, Felice Schnoll-Sussman, Ken Chang, John Lipham, Reginald Bell

Saturday 9/26 9:45 am – 6pm (all times EDT)

Throughout the Day – Surgical Snippets including:

  • A Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy with Santi Horgan
  • Lighting it up – Highlight on Immunoflourescence – Ninh Nguyen and Santi Horgan
  • Contra POEM – Robotic Heller Myotomy – Caitlyn Houghton

9:45 – 10:00  – Engagement in AFS – It’s Your Society!   (and the required Membership Meeting)

Why is this Your Society? – Presidential Address – John Lipham        

10:00- 12:00  – the Nuts and the Bolts of Foregut Procedures

Hosted by Tanuja Damani and Abe Khan

  • Esophageal DNA Testing – can you swallow it? – Sri Komanduri
  • Tips on doing a CDx Biopsy and interpreting the report – Scott Corbett
  • CLE – performing an efficient and thorough exam – Tripp Buckley
  • VLE – Does it come after CLE? Choosing the right patient – Mike Smith
  • EndoFLIP – When and how, catheter length, fill volume – what’s helpful? – Dusty Carlson, Michael Ujiki, Tripp Buckley
  • Running safely with COVID in the GI and Esophageal Function Lab –– Felice Schnoll-Sussman and Phil Katz
  • Revisional surgery – how to decide what to do when prior surgery fails – Adrian Park, Brian Louie, Tom Watson
  • Refractory GERD – What’s in a name? Ronnie Fass

Virtual Exhibit Hall Saturday 12:00-2:00 (along with breaks)

Interact with Industry (Non-CME)

Speed Dating

            Industry presents: Cases Illustrating Technology – talk with the experts

            Scavenger Hunt

            Prizes Prizes Prizes!

Saturday 9/26 Afternoon 2:00 – 5:30 (all times EDT)      

Meet the Press – Interviews with lead authors of the year’s most interesting research.

Hosted by Prakash Gyawali and Michael Awad

  • A GI rationale for Antireflux Surgery – Stu Spechler.
  • What’s the problem with Chicago III? – Prakash Gyawali and Sumeet Mittal.
  • Regurgitation – Heartburn’s stepchild – Reginald Bell

Our First Scientific Session – Podium Abstracts from AFS 

60 minutes – entertaining dialogues on controversial topics.

Hosted by Ronnie Fass and Tom Watson

  • PPIs and COVID – what’s the deal? Phil Katz
  • IM of the SCJ – it is a big deal! –Peter Kahrilas Nick Shaheen Para Chandrasoma
  • There’s no longer one gold standard – Antireflux Surgery in Transition – Tom Watson, John Lipham, Ronnie Fass, Mimi Canto Luigi Bonavina.

Relax over meeting highlights and Facebook Collaboration case presentations/ Ask the Expert (BYOB)

Hosted by the Denver Crew (Reg Bell, John Lipham, Dan Lister, Peter Kahrilas, Tripp Buckley)

Program Committee:

Felice Schnoll-Sussman

Reginald Bell

Ken Chang

Mike Awad

Prakash Gyawali

Ronnie Fass

Michel Gagner

Abe Khan

Tanuja Damani

Tom Watson

Caitlin Houghton

Tripp Buckley

Walter Chan


Thank you to our Society Sponsors:






Endogastric Solutions


Mauna Kea Technologies






Thank you to our meeting sponsors:

Elite Sponsors:




Lucid Diagnostics



Steris Endoscopy

Premium Sponsors:



Freehold Surgical


Future Annual Meetings:

Mark your calendars for future AFS Annual meetings:

September 23-26, 2021 Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN

September 15-18, 2022 Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, FL

September 28-October 1, 2023 Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX

September 26-29, 2024 Gaylord Rockies, Denver, CO

September 11-13, 2025 Gaylord Texan, Grapevine TX

September 24-27, 2026 Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD