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47th Annual Meeting
May 20-24, 2006
Los Angeles, California

Program and Abstracts  |  Posters

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Basic Science Posters
Basic: Biliary
Capnoperitoneum Mediated Anti-Inflammatory Effect Is Peritoneal Macrophage Dependent
Alexander Aurora, Johns Hopkins, Abingdon, MD

Effect of Bile in the Pathogenesis of Acute Simple Mechanical Intestinal Obstruction
Tzu-Ming Chang, Tungs'Taichung Metroharbor Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan

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Basic: Colon-Rectal
Statins (HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors) Reduce Intraabdominal Adhesions by Increasing Peritoneal Fibrinolytic Activity via Mechanisms That May Involve the Rho Signaling Pathway
Cary Aarons, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA

Fenofibrate, a PPAR ± Agonist, Inhibits the Growth of a Murine Colon Adenocarcinoma In Vivo
Avraham Belizon, Columbia University Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY

Atropine Increases Survival in an LPS Model of Sepsis: A Kinetic Study
Joseph Fuentes, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

Identification of Chromosomal Domains of Differential Gene Expression in Colorectal Cancer by Comparative Chromosomal Gene Expression Analysis (CCGEA)
Joern Groene, Charite Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Slit/Robo Signalling in Colorectal Cancer - Differential Expression of Angiogenic Markers
Joern Groene, Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

5-FU and CPT-11 Significantly Reduce Intraperitoneal Tumor Growth in Experimental Investigations of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Arndt Hribaschek, University Hospital, Magdeburg, Germany

The Prevalence of Colorectal Neoplasia in End Stage Renal Disease: A Case Control Study
Sharon Lee, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Evaluation of the Physical Properties of a New Fully Degradable Suture Material with a Shape Memory Effect for Visceral Surgery
Christoph Reissfelder, Charite, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany

Superoxide Enhancement of L-Type Ca2+ Channels in Colonic Smooth Muscle Is Dependent on G²³ and PI3-Kinase
Mandeep S. Saund, Brigham and Women'S Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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Basic: Esophageal
Aberrant DNA-Hypermethylation of Adenomatous Polyposis Coli (APC) and Death-Associated Protein Kinase (DAPK) in Esophageal Cancer: Association with Response to Neaodjuvant Treatment and Prognosis
Jan Brabender, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

The Pathogenesis of Barrett’s Esophagus: Secondary Bile Acids Upregulate Intestinal Differentiation Factor CDX2 Expression
Yingchuan Hu, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Loss of Manganese SuperOxide Dismutase Expression Leads to Barrett’s Esophagus
Robert C.G. Martin, Univeristy of Louisville, Louisville, KY

On the Road to a Vaccine for Barrett’s Esophagus
Tomoharu Miyashita, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Cisplatinum Induced Apoptosis Is Associated with Down-Regulation of DeltaNp63alpha in Cell Lines from Rat Model of Reflux Induced Esophageal Cancer
Tomoharu Miyashita, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Expression of p63 as a Marker for Squamous Esophageal Carcinogenesis Induced by Duodeno-Esophageal Reflux in Sequential Rat Model
Tomoharu Miyashita, Johns Hopkins University, Kanazawa University, Baltimore, MD

Cox-2 Gene Expression in Long Segment Barrett’s Esophagus Is Inflammatory in Origin
Daniel S. Oh, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Short Tandem Repeat Polymorphism in EXON 4 of Esophageal Cancer Related Gene – 2 as a Prognostic Marker for Esophageal Carcinoma
Tamina Rawnaq, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Towards the Molecular Characterization of Disease: Comparison of Molecular and Histological Analysis of Esophageal Epithelia
Daniel Vallbohmer, University of Southern California, Cologne, Germany

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Basic: Pancreas
Influence of Clinically Relevant Chemotherapeutics on the Expression of Multidrug-Resistance Family Members in Human Pancreatic Carcinoma Cell Lines
Sven Eisold, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany

Apigenin Inhibits Pancreatic Cancer Cell Proliferation via Down-Regulation of the GLUT-1 Glucose Transporter
Laleh Golkar, Northwestern, Chicago, IL

Thioredoxin-Interacting Protein Expression Is Reduced in Metastatic Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors
David Yu Greenblatt, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Diagnostic Relevance of Human Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase (hTERT) Expression Detected by Immunohistochemistry in Pancreatic Tumors
Yasushi Hashimoto, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan

Nf-ºB Targeting in Pancreatic Cancer Promotes the Antiproliferative Effects of Gemcitabine
Bryan Holcomb, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

A Nude Mouse Resection Model of Ductal Pancreatic Cancer to Evaluate Novel Adjuvant Treatment Strategies
Hubert Georg Hotz, Charite - Medical School, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany

Adhesion Molecules Under Volume Therapy in a Pig Model of Acute Severe Pancreatitis
Helge Kleinhans, University Medical Center Hamburg Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Expression of Netrin-1 but Not of Its Receptors Has Significant Influence on Time to Tumor Recurrence in Patients with Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas
Bjoern-Christian Link, University Medical Center of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

N-Acetyl Cysteine Attenuates Pancreatic Injury and Increases Expression Level of GST-± Gene After Pancreatic Ischemia-Reperfusion Induction Model in Rats
Roberto F. Meirelles, Fmusp, Famerp, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Methylene Blue Improves Hemodynamic Shock but Increases Lipoperoxidation in Severe Acute Pancreatitis Model
Roberto F. Meirelles, Famerp, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Protein Kinase C-Zeta Is Critical in Acute Pancreatitis-Induced Kupffer Cell Apoptosis
Michel M. Murr, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

Up-Regulation of MICA/B Expression in Panc-1 Pancreatic Cancer Cells by Radiation, Gemcitabine, and 5-Fluorouracil (5-Fu)
Geetha Rao, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Overexpression of Geminin in Pancreatic Cancer Tissue and Its Down-Regulation by Apigenin
Mohammad Reza Salabat, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

In Vitro Evidence for Acinar Cell Cytokine Production via Stress Kinase Activation
Isaac Samuel, University of Iowa Ccom & Vamc, Iowa City, IA

Acute Pancreatitis Afeccts Kuppfer Cells Function by Mechanism Dependent on Paf
Lourenilson Jose Souza, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Detection of Microsatellite Alteration in Serum DNA as a Tool for Differentiation Between Benign and Malignant Diseases of the Pancreas
Robin Wachowiak, University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Changes in the Systemic Innate Immune Response in Two Experimental Models of Severe Acute Pancreatitis
Vincent S.K. Yip, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Basic: Small Bowel
Functional and Molecular Evidence for the Expression of Autocrine Serotonin Receptors on an Enterochromaffin Cell Line
Jarrod Demetrius Day, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Hexose Transporter Expression in the Mouse Jejunum: Role of Diurnal Rhythms
Javairiah Fatima, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Molecular Analysis of Colonic Transformation in the Ileum After Total Colectomy in Rats
Kouhei Fukushima, Tohoku University, Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

The 5-HT3 Receptor Agonist 2-Methyl-5-HT Mediates Nonneural Stimulation of Chloride Secretion in Human Small Bowel
Roberto Carlos Iglesias, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Molecular Mechanisms Contributing to Glutamine-Mediated Intestinal Cell Survival
Shawn D. Larson, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Regulation of Gut Gene Expression by Thyroid Hormone Receptor Variants
Gitonga Munene, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Heparanase-1 Expression in Carcinoid Tumors
Naris Nilubol, Rush University, Chicago, IL

The Effect of L-Arginine and Aprotinin on Intestinal Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury
Constantine P. Spanos, Aristotelian University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Enhancement of Neointestinal Cyst Formation Using Abdominal Wall Musculature in a Rat Model
Panagiotis Tryphonopoulos, University of Miami, Ft Lauderdale, FL

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Basic: Stomach
Functional Polymorphism in NFKB1 Promoter Is Related to the Risk of Gastric Cancer
Su-Shun Lo, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

Mechanisms of Body Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass Surgery in Rats
Bjorn Stenstrom, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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Clinical Science Posters
Clinical: Biliary
Surgery for Acute Cholecystitis in Denmark
Alan Patrick Ainsworth, Odense University Hospital, Odense C, Denmark

Robotic Assisted Versus Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: Outcome and Cost Analysis in a Case-Matched Control Study
Stefan Breitenstein, Universitiy Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Surgical Treatment of Hepatolithiasis on Particular Reference to Long-Term Results
Miin-Fu Chen, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung University, Kwei-Shan, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Visuospatial Tests Predict the Performance of Simulated ERCP Among Endoscopists Irrespective of Previous ERCP Experience
Lars Enochsson, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden

Does Endoscopic Ultrasound Have Anything to Offer in the Diagnosis of Suspected Common Duct Stones?
Ben Frost, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Newport, United Kingdom

Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Biliary Strictures Masquerading as Cholangiocarcinoma
Thomas C. Gamblin, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Emerging Role of ERCP in Blunt Extrahepatic Hepatic Duct Injuries
Nikhil P. Jaik, St Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, PA

Sphincter of Oddi: A Structural & Functional Study
Kewal Krishan Maudar, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Cancer of the Gallbladder: National Patterns of Surgical Intervention
James T. Mcphee, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA

Prevalence and Outcome of Cholangiocarcinoma in Patients with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Referred to a Regional Liver Transplant Unit
Gareth J. Morris-Stiff, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Outcomes and Utilization of Laparoscopic Partial and Complete Cholecystectomy in Academic Centers
Esteban Varela, University of California Irvine, Orange, CA

Hepaticojejunostomy – Definition of Risk Factors for Postoperative Bile Leaks
Jurgen Weitz, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Congenital Pancreaticobiliary Anomalies in an Urban Medical Center
Lester Young, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

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Clinical: Colon-Rectal
Topical GTN for Anal Fissure: A Single Centre Experience from Pakistan
Jawad Ahmad, Jinnah Hospital, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Cytokine Network in Chronic Perianal Crohn’s Disease and Indeterminate Colitis After Proctocolectomy
Imerio Angriman, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Gender Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening: True or False?
Rachael A. Callcut, University of Wisconsin Hospital, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anus in HIV: Is There a Role for the Surgeon?
Gregory Chipman, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

Prospective Randomized Trial: Preemptive Antibiotic Treatment Versus Standard Treatment in Patients with Elevated Serum Procalcitonin Levels After Elective Colorectal Surgery
Ansgar Michael Chromik, University Hospital of Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Hyperbilirubinemia in Appendicits: A New Predictor of Perforation
Joaquin Estrada, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Laparoscopic Versus Open Surgery in Patients with Ileocolonic Crohn’s Disease: A Prospective Comparative Study
Alessandro Fichera, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Single Institution Comparison of Open, Hand-Assist Laparoscopic, and Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgical Technique
Ariel Forstner-Barthell, Crc of Orlando, Orlando, FL

Early Postoperative Results of Novel Procedure of Side-to-Side Isoperistaltic Ileocolonic Anastomosis for Crohn’s Disease – Randomized Controlled Trial
Yuji Funayama, Tohoku University Hospital, Sendai, Japan

Predictive Factors in Clostridium Difficile Colitis for Failure of Medical and Need for Surgical Treatment
Claudia Gonzalez-Ruiz, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Optimal Follow-Up of Stage I Colorectal Cancer Patients
Tetsuro Higuchi, Tokyo Medical and Dental University Graduate School, Tokyo, Japan

Outcomes in Bloodless Care Patients Having Colonic Resection
James Izanec, Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Long-Term Quality of Life Is Not Different After Laparoscopic or Open Sigmoid Colectomy – A Matched-Pairs Analysis
Michael Simon Kasparek, Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen, Rochester, MN

Synchronous Cancer in Obstructive Colo-Rectal Cancer
Jaehwang Kim, Yeungnam University Medical Center, Daegu, South Korea

Gore Tex Perineal Sacral Suspension Reduces Symptoms of Obstructed Defecation
Christopher J. Lahr, Medical University of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis Hospitals, Charleston, SC

Clinicopathological Factors Predictive of Systemic Recurrence After Curative Resection of Stage II Colon Cancer
Yee Man Lee, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong Sar, Hong Kong

Fecal Urgency After Circular Stapled Mucosectomy in Hemorrhoidal Disease – Manometric and Clinical Features
Jaroslaw Leszczyszyn, Physical Education University, Wroclaw, Poland

Recurrent Distal Rectal Cancer Following Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Therapy – Risk Factors and Outcomes
Marcelo B. Linhares, University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

Intraoperative Radiotherapy for Oncological and Function Preserving Surgery in Patients with Advanced Lower Rectal Cancer – Preliminary Report of Prospective Randomized Trial
Tadahiko Masaki, Kyorin University, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

Mechanical Bowel Preparation Influences the Outcomes of Elective Colorectal Resection with Primary Anastomosis by a Single Surgeon: Intermediate Analysis of a Prospective Single-Blinded Randomized Trial
Julio M. Mayol, Hospital Clinico San Carlos, Universidad Complutense De Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Laparoscopic Resection for Rectal Cancer: A Prospective Evaluation in 107 Consecutive Patients
Marco Montorsi, Istituto Clinico Humanitas Irccs, Rozzano(Milano), Milano, Italy

Restorative Proctocolectomy with Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis (IPAA): Is There a Volume-Outcomes Effect?
John Morton, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Emergency Laparoscopic Versus Open Right Hemicolectomy for Obstructing Right-Sided Colonic Carcinoma: A Comparative Study
Simon S.M. Ng, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery in Patients with Major Pulmonary Co-Morbidities
Ikenna Chidume Okereke, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Heights, OH

Lymph Node Retrieval After Surgery for N0 Distal Rectal Cancer: Is There a Critical Number of Lymph Nodes to Be Recovered After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Therapy?
Rodrigo Oliva Perez, University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Laparoscopic Colorectal Resections: A Single Center Experience
Silvana Perretta, Universita La Sapienza, San Francisco, CA

Local Immunosuppression After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Therapy May Result in Loss of the Protective Role of Peritumoral Inflammatory Response
Igor Proscurshim, University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Fecal Incontinence: Are Patients with Sphincter Defects Different?
Jennifer Y. Wang, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

The Effect of Surgically Induced Weight Loss on Pelvic Floor Disorders in Morbidly Obese Women
Nir Wasserberg, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

The Impact of Obesity on Technical Feasibility and Postoperative Outcomes of Laparoscopic Colectomy
Marc Zerey, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

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Clinical: Esophageal
The Impact of Lymph Node Yield and Ratio of Positive Lymph Nodes on Overall Survival in Patients with Oesophageal Carcinoma
Dean Bogoevski, University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

To Divide or Not to Divide the Short Gastric Vessels? A Question with an Answer After 10 Years of Follow Up
Engstrom Cecilia, Sahlgrenska University Hostpital/Ss, Göteborg, Sweden

Spastic Motility Disorders and Absence of Objective GERD Features Are More Prevalent in Female Patients Presenting for Physiological Testing Before Antireflux Surgery
Walter Wai-Yip Chan, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Laparoscopic Epiphrenic Diverticulectomy, Heller Myotomy, and Anterior Fundoplication Safely Relieve the Symptoms of Advanced Achalasia
Sarah Cowgill, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Repair of Esophageal Perforation: A Diversified Approach
Chance D. Felisky, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Generation of a Mathematical Model to Predict the Probability of Achalasia from Non-Manometric Findings
Lorenzo E. Ferri, Mcgill University, Mcgill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Results of Conventional Heller Myotomy in Patients with Achalasia: A Prospective 20-Year Analysis
Ines Gockel, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany

Skip Metastasis in Oesophageal Carcinoma: Incidence and Prognostic Value
Stephanie J. Gros, University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Overexpression in KI67 Proliferative Activity Could Be Associated with P53 Molecular Changes in GERD – Metaplasia – Adenocarcinoma Sequence
Richard R. Gurski, Ufrgs, Santa Maria, Brazil

Esophagectomy After Cardiac Surgery
Karen Harrison-Phipps, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Does Reflux Height Matter? A Study of 1680 Patients
Fernando Herbella, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Primary Versus Secondary Esophageal Motility Disorders: Diagnosis and Implications for Treatment
Fernando A. Herbella, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Combined Transabdominal Gastroplasty and Fundoplication for Short Esophagus: Impact on Reflux-Related and Overall Quality of Life
Scott G. Houghton, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

A Four-Point Multidisciplinary Hospital-Wide Strategy of Preemptive Aspiration Precautions to Prevent Pneumonia and Mortality After Esophagectomy
Anna R. Ibele, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI

Clinical Significance of SUMO-1 in Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Yoshio Ishibashi, Jikei University Shool of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Incidence and Determinants of Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Ontario, Canada
Steven Ryan Lopushinsky, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Patterns of Reflux After Successful Nissen Fundoplication
Renee C. Minjarez, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Preliminary Experience by a Thoracic Service with Endoscopic Trans-Oral Stapling of Cervical (Zenker’s) Diverticulum
Christopher Ross Morse, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Outcome of Survival Following Surgery for Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Does Not Depend on Pre-Operative Chemotherapy Alone
Dhiren Nehra, Epsom & St Helier University Hospital, Carshalton, Surrey, United Kingdom

Evaluation of the Gastric Tube Viability After Esophagectomy by Its Diameter Using Thermal Imaging
Katsunori Nishikawa, Machida Municipal Hospital, Machida-Shi, Japan

Clinical Failure of Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication: Relationship to Anatomic and Functional Findings
Daniel S. Oh, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Predictors of Anatomic Recurrence After Paraesophageal Hernia Repair: The Importance of the Learning Curve
Allan Okrainec, Mcgill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

48-Hour pH Monitoring Increases Risk of False Positive Studies When the Capsule Is Passed
Dmitry Oleynikov, Unmc, Omaha, NE

Thoraco-Laparoscopic Esophagectomy for Carcinoma Esophagus Middle Third (Thoracoscopic Mobilization in Prone Position)
Chinnuswamy Palaninvelu, Gem Hospital India Pvt Limited,, Coimbatore, TamilNadu, India

Should Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Be Used as Primary Therapy for Achalasia Regardless of Age?
Christian Georges Peyre, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Impedance/pH Monitoring: the Importance of Nonacid Pharyngeal Reflux in Reflux Laryngitis
Elina Quiroga, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Age Does Not Affect the Long-Term Outcome of Heller-Dor Operation
Christian Rizzetto, University of Padua, Padova, Italy

Esophagectomy for Adenocarcinoma in the Elderly
Christian Rizzetto, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Normal Lower Esophageal Sphincter Function Does Not Impact Outcome After Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
Alexander S. Rosemurgy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Clinicopathological and Molecular Characterization of Gastroesophageal Junction (GEJ) Adenocarcinoma Before Age of 40 Years
Alberto Ruffato, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Increased Formation of Oxidative DNA Damage, 8-Hydroxydeoxyguanosine, in Barrett’s Esophagus, and in Adenocarcinoma of the Esophagus and Esophagogastric Junction
Jarmo A. Salo, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland

Role of Diagnostic Video-Laparoscopy Prior to Neoadjuvant Treatment in Esophageal Adenocarcinomas Compared to Gastric Cancers
Paul M. Schneider, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Long-Term (6 Year) Outcome of Laparoscopic Nissen and Toupet Fundoplication
John Michael Shaw, University of Cape Town, Fish Hoek, Western Cape, South Africa

Clavicle Lifting Strategy in Radical Three Field Lymphadenectomy Improved Survival of Patients with Esophageal Cancer
Yutaka Suzuki, the Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Neoadjuvant Therapy in Esophageal Cancer Patients Is Associated with Significant Down Staging (40%) and Enhanced Survival Compared to Surgical Resection Alone
Harold J. Wanebo, Roger Williams Medical Center, Boston University, Providence, RI

Long Term Quality of Life After Heller Myotomy: Patient’s Perspective
Yassar Khalil Youssef, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Laparoscopic Repair of Large Type II-II Hiatal Hernia: The Use of Mesh Allows a Lower Recurrence Rate
Giovanni Zaninotto, Dept. Medical Surgical Sciences, Padova, Italy

Long-Term Outcome of Operated and Unoperated Esophageal Epiphrenic Diverticula
Giovanni Zaninotto, Dept. Medical Surgical Sciences, Padova, Italy

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Clinical: Pancreas
Cachexia Worsens the Prognosis in Patients with Resectable Pancreatic Cancer
Jeannine Bachmann, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Fast-Track Concept in Pancreatic Surgery Is Safe and Decreases Hospital Stay
Pascal O. Berberat, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

The Current Role of Surgical Resection and Cytoreduction in the Treatment of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine (NE) Tumors
Mark Bloomston, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Increased Serum Levels of IgE and Soluble CD23 in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer
Martin H. Bluth, Suny Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

PKC 412 – A Pan-Antiangiogenic Compound from Bench to Bedside
Peter Buechler, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Comparison of Clinical Aspects Between Biliary and Alcoholic Acute Pancreatitis: Lipase and Fluid Replacement Can Make a Difference in the Initial Approach of Alcoholic Patients
Tercio De Campos, Santa Casa School of Medical Sciences, San Diego, CA

Complications Management Due to Catastrophic Endoluminal Bleeding After Major Pancreatic Surgery
Guellue Cataldegirmen, University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Do p16, p53, or MUC4 Mutations Affect Outcomes After Pancreaticoduodenectomy for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma?
John D. Christein, University of Alabama At Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Is Total Pancreatectomy (TP) Safe and Reasonable?
Olivier Corcos, Hopital Beaujon, Clichy, France

When Is 'Resectable Pancreas' Cancer Really Resectable?
Matthew J. D'Alessio, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

A Prospective Evaluation of an Algorithm Incorporating Routine Pre-Operative Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration in Suspected Pancreatic Cancer Patients
Mohamad Eloubeidi, University of Alabama At Birmigham, Birmingham, AL

The Influence of Positive Peritoneal Cytology on Survival in Patients with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma
Cristina R. Ferrone, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Ischemic Preconditioning Improves Postoperative Liver Function, Following Resection of the Superior Mesenteric-Portal Vein for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma
Craig Peter Fischer, the Methodist Hospital/Cornell Weill School of Medicine, Houston, TX

Resected Serous Cystic Neoplasms of the Pancreas – 158 Patients: Results and Outcomes
Charles Galanis, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, New York, NY

Routine Drainage of the Pancreatic Stump into a Roux-en-Y Loop of Jejunum Decreases the Incidence of Postoperative Pancreatic Fistulas: A Single Centre Study of 42 Consecutive Patients Treated Between January 2002 and September 2005
Beat Gloor, University Hospital, Berne, Switzerland

Has the Dagradi-Serio-Iacono Operation or Central Pancreatectomy Been Correctly Applied in Surgical Practice?
Calogero Iacono, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

Distal Pancreatectomy: A Ten-Year Single-Institution Experience
Jennifer Lynn Irani, Brigham and Women'S Hospital, Boston, MA

The Impact of a Microscopic Positive Margin in the Era of Chemoradiation in Patients Undergoing Pancreaticoduodenectomy for Adenocarcinoma
Jocelyn M. Logan-Collins, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Cystic Lesions of the Pancreas and F-18 Fluorodeoxyglucose Whole Body Positron Emission Tomography: A Review of 68 Cases
John C. Mansour, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Risk Factors for Pancreatic Fistula. Does It Have a Clinical Application for Early Identification of Patients with High Risk to Develop Pancreatic Fistula After Pancreaticoduodenectomy?
Andre S. Matheus, University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Predicting Unresectability in Pancreatic Cancer Patients: The Additive Effects of CT Scanning and Endoscopic Ultrasound
Robert Moesinger, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy Is a Safe and Effective Treatment for Incidental Pancreatic Lesions
Daniela Molena, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Haemorrhage Following Pancreaticoduodenectomy: A Predictable and Preventable Complication?
Gareth J. Morris-Stiff, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Endoscopic Ultrasound Reliably Identifies Chronic Pancreatitis When Other Imaging Modalities Have Been Non-Diagnostic
Gareth J. Morris-Stiff, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Long Term Follow-Up of Patients Who Survive an Episode of Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis (ANP)
William Hawe Nealon, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Laparoscopic Pancreaticoduodenectomy – A Single Centre Experience of 35 Cases
Chinnuswamy Palaninvelu, Gem Hospital India Pvt Limited,, Coimbatore, TamilNadu, India

Endoscopic and Surgical Management of Pancreatitis in Pancreas Divisum
Anand C. Patel, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

Enucleation of Endocrine Pancreatic Tumors: 25-Year Experience
Sergio Pedrazzoli, Iv Surgical Clinic, Padova, Italy

Conservative Treatment of Postoperative Pancreatic Fistulas
Sergio Pedrazzoli, Iv Surgical Clinic, Padova, Italy

Establishing Standards of Quality for Elderly Patients Undergoing Pancreaticoduodenectomy
Wande Pratt, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Drain Amylase Levels Following Pancreaticoduodenectomy for Cancer: Correlation with Outcomes and Proposal for a Uniform Grading System
H Ramesh, Lakeshore Hospital & Research Center, Cochin, Kerala, India

Reduction in Pancreatic Leak Following Distal Pancreatectomy – A Novel Technique Utilizing an Autologous Falciform Patch
Jose Ruben Rodriguez, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Long-Term Outcome After Distal Pancreatectomy for Chronic Pancreatitis
Thomas Schnelldorfer, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Durability of Portal Venous Reconstruction Following Resection During Pancreaticoduodenectomy
Rory Smoot, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Aggressive Pancreatic Resection for Benign and Malignant Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors: Is It Justifiable?
Swee H. Teh, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

TissuelinkTM Decreases Pancreatic Complications After Distal Pancreatectomy in a Porcine Model
Mark Joseph Truty, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Predictive Factor for Malignant Branch Duct Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMNs) of the Pancreas: Can Clinical Symptoms and Morphological Features Predict the Malignancy?
Kenichiro Uemura, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan

Endoscopic Ultrasound Is Remains Important in the Staging of Pancreatic Carcinoma
Phillip Webster, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, United Kingdom

The Use of Somatostatin and Its Analogues in the Prevention of Complications Following Pancreatic Surgery – A Systematic Review
Moritz N. Wente, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

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Clinical: Small Bowel
Short Residual Intestine of Postsurgical CD Patients Is a Risk for Earlier Relapse of Infliximab Administration
Toshifumi Ashida, Asahikawa Medical College, Asahikawa, Japan

Determinants of the Epidemiology, Development, Management & Outcome in 9,991 Patients with Acute Appendicitis Through a Time Period of 27 Years
Hagen Boenigk, University Hospital, Magdeburg, Germany

Management of Open Abdominal Wounds with Vacuum Assisted Closure Therapy (VAC @ Kinetic Concepts INC, UK)
Shwetal S. Dighe, Epsom and St Helier Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Internal Hernias: Clinical Findings, Management, and Outcomes in 49 Nonbariatric Cases
Saber Ghiassi, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) of the Small Bowel: High-Risk Pathologic Features Predict the Need for Adjuvant Therapy
Imran Hassan, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Influence of Postoperative Complications on Long-Term Quality of Life in Patients Undergoing Abdominal Surgery for Crohn’s Disease
Michael Simon Kasparek, Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen, Rochester, MN

Effectiveness of Diagnostic Paracentesis for Suspected Strangulation Obstruction
Shin Kobayashi, Okinawa Yaeyama Hospital, Ishigaki, Japan

Clostridium Difficile Enteritis: an Early Post-Operative Complication in IBD Patients Following Colectomy
Sarah J. Lundeen, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Long-Term Outcomes of the Modified Rives-Stoppa Repair in 254 Complex Incisional Hernias
Tuan H. Pham, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Trends and Predictors for Vagotomy When Performing Oversew of Acute Bleeding Duodenal Ulcer in the United States
Brian Reuben, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Effect of Alvimopan on Gastrointestinal (GI) Recovery Following Small Bowel Resection (SBR) in Patients With and Without Crohn’s Disease (CD): Results of a Pooled Analysis of 3 Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trials
Bruce Wolff, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Crohn’s Disease: A Patient’s Perspective
Massarat Zutshi, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

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Clinical: Stomach
Is the Very Long Limb Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Effective for Patients with Bmi > 60 Kg/M2? An Analysis of Long-Term Follow-Up in a Cohort of 118 Patients
Taghreed Almahmeed, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

Is an Elevated Body Mass Index Associated with Worse Outcomes in Trauma Patients
Bolanle Asiyanbola, Saint Raphael Hospital, New Haven, CT

Objective and Quantitative Demonstration of Improvement in Voice Quality After Anti-Reflux Surgery
Shahin Ayazi, University College of London(Ucl), London, United Kingdom

2001 Gastric PCE: Overview of the Treatment of Gastric Lymphoma in the United States
Ijeoma A. Azodo, Mayo Clinic - Rochester, Rochester, MN

30-Day Morbidity After Curative Resections for Gastric Cancer in Elderly Patients
Ralph Bahde, University Hospital Muenster, Münster, Germany

Laparoscopic and Endogastric Resection for Gastric Stromal Tumors – A Group's Initial Experience
Claudio Bresciani, University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

Effect of Splenectomy on the Survival of Patients Undergoing Curative Total Gastrectomy for Proximal Gastric Cancer
Yeon Soo Chang, Kyung Hee Univ. Hospital, Seoul, South Korea

Prevalence of Metabolic Bone Disorders After Radical Gastrectomy for Carcinoma of Stomach
Frances K.Y. Cheung, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Secondary Esophageal Peristalsis in Gastric Banding Patients
Ruxandra Ciovica, General Hospital of Krems, Krems, Austria

Bariatric Surgery at the Extremes of Age
Javairiah Fatima, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Tsunami Medical Relief in Rural Aceh: Role of the General Surgery Resident
Eric J. Hanly, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Is an Effective Primary Procedure for Morbid Obesity
Thomas Hirai, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Vienna, VA

Incidence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes for Incisional Hernias After Open Gastric Bypass Surgery
Michael Garrett House, the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD

Irinotecan Combined with S-1 for Advanced Gastric Cancer – Results of Phase II Study and Gene Expressions
Mikito Inokuchi, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan

Gastric Adenocarcinoma: Clinico-Pathological Characteristics in Young Patients
Carlos Eduardo Jacob, University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Clinicopathologic and Immunohistochemistry Characterization of Multiple Primary Gastric Adenocarcinoma
Ulysses Ribeiro Junior, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Endoscopic Management of Anastomotic Stricture Following Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Morbid Obesity
George B. Kazantsev, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland, CA

Predicting Stricture in Post-Gastric Bypass Patients
Jennefer Anne Kieran, Scottsdale Bariatric Center, Scottsdale, AZ

Surgical Resection for Gastric Cancer in the United States: A Dying Art?
Anne Thi Le, Baylor College of Medicine, Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours (GIST) of the Stomach – Surgical Therapy & Early Postoperative Outcome
Frank Meyer, University Hospital, University Hospital, Magdeburg, Germany

Function-Preserving Gastrectomy Procedures (Preservation of Hepatic and Celiac Branches of Vagal Nerve, and Pylorus) Improve Long-Term Quality of Life in Gastrectomized Patients for Early Gastric Cancer
Koji Nakada, the Jikei University School of Medicine, Chiba, Japan

Clinical Management of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) of the Stomach: Feasibility of Laparoscopic Surgery for Small GIST
Yoshihide Otani, Saitama Medical School, Saitama, Japan

The Impact of Clinicopathological Factors on Survival of Patients with Gastric Cancer
Jateen Patel, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

Multiple Failed Fundoplications Are Likely Not Amenable to Laparoscopic Repair
B Lauren Paton, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

Laparoscopic Surgical Treatment of Type II Diabetes Mellitus for Patients with BMI Between 22 - 35
Aureo L. De Paula, Hospital De Especialidades De Goiania, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

'Redo' Fundoplications Are Effective Treatment for Dysphagia and Recurrent Gastroesophageal Reflux
Alexander S. Rosemurgy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

What to Expect in the Excluded Stomach Mucosa After Vertical Banded Gastroplasty-Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Morbid Obesity
Adriana Vaz Safatle-Ribeiro, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Gastric Electrical Stimulation for Gastroparesis: Experience with Higher Settings
Thomas Schnelldorfer, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Microsatellite DNA Alterations of Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors Are Predictive for Outcome
Paulus G. Schurr, University Medical Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Laparoscopic Wedge Resection of Gastric Stromal Tumors
Wing Tai Siu, Prince of Wales Hospital, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Laparoscopic Repair for Perforated Peptic Ulcer
Wing Tai Siu, Prince of Wales Hospital, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Gastric Adenocarcinoma: Reduction of Perioperative Mortality by Avoidance of Nontherapeutic Laparotomy
Brian R. Smith, Harbor-Ucla Med Ctr, Torrance, CA

Does the Position of the Alimentary Limb in Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Make a Difference?
Jerome D. Taylor, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY

Gastric Bypass Does Not Influence Olfactory Function
Jon S. Thompson, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Current Strategy for Treatment of Perforated Gastric Ulcer (PGU) and Duodenal Ulcer (PDU): Can Computed Tomography (CT) Really Diagnose Perforating Site?
Tatsuya Ueno, South Miyagi Medical Center, Miyagi-Pref, Japan

Results of a Randomized, Prospective Trial Comparing Residual Stomach, Duodenum and Uncut Jejunal Interposition (Gastrojejunoduodenostomy) to Standard Billroth-II Reconstruction After Subtotal Gastrectomy for Distal Gastric Cancer
Qin Zhang, Affilliated Hospital of Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China

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Combined Science Posters
A Novel System for Performing Endoluminal Antireflux Surgery and Other Endosurgical Procedures
Aureo L. Depaula, Hospital De Especialidades, Goiania, Brazil

Gastric pH and Nutritional Course After Gastroplasty for Morbid Obesity
Robson Kiyoshi Ishida, Hospital Das Clinicas, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Joint Kinematics Vary with Performance Skills During Laparoscopic Exercise [Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Task 1]
Gyusung Lee, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Knowledge and Opinions Regarding Medicare Reimbursement for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Atul K. Madan, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

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