Save the date: September 23-25, 2021 at the Gaylord Opryland

The AFS 2020 Annual Meeting (Virtually) LIVE FROM ACROSS AMERICA! Was an incredible success! We had 543 registrants.

Recordings of the sessions:

Friday live cases

Saturday morning, AFS meeting, the nuts and bolts A Kahn/Domani; Horgan, Nguyen, Komanduri, Corbet, Buckley, Smith.

Nuts and bolts B- FLIP Kahn Watson Fass Louie Park Tanuja

Nuts and bolts C Watson Louie Park

Saturday Afternoon Meet The Press Gyawali, Awad, Spechler, Mittal, Bell

Podium Abstracts Canto/Swanstrom

Potpourri videos: Schnoll, Fass, Lipham, Houghton

60 minutes- Controversial Issues Dialogue Lipham Kahrilas Para Shaheen Fass Katz Bonavina Canto (first part, barretts to biopsy or not and how, second half is nissen dead? Partial, LINX, TIF, Stretta)

Congratulations to Dr George Baison and Dr Jennifer Kolb- a tie for the winner of the podium presentation. They will both receive free in person registration to next years meeting.

Dr Phillip Woodworth won free registration to next years meeting for having the most member recruits.

Scavenger Hunt winner: Dawn Harcey RN- free registration to next years meeting. Runner up: Dr Duy Nguyen- 1 year free AFS membership.


Friday 9/25 2-6:00 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- 12:30  – 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 

Interact with Industry (Non-CME)

Industry 1:1 is on Saturday the 26th from 1-2 pm ET

            Industry presents: Cases Illustrating Technology – talk with the experts

            Scavenger Hunt is open till Sunday at 5pm ET   Click Here

            Prizes Prizes Prizes!

Saturday 9/26 Afternoon 2:30 – 6:30 (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