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48th Annual Meeting
May 19-24, 2007
Washington, DC

Program and Abstracts  |  Posters

Basic Science Posters Clinical Science Posters
Combined Science

Basic Science Posters
Basic: Biliary
L1 Is a Survival Marker for Completely Resected Colorectal Carcinoma
Jussuf Kaifi, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

SELDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry and Data Mining Provides Early-Stage Response Prediction for Rectal Tumours Undergoing Multimodal Therapy
Dermot McDowell, St James's Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Triptolide (PG490), a Natural Herbal Extract, Inhibits Migration of Colon Cancer Cells
Sara Johnson, University of TX, Galveston, TX

Different Potential of Various Antineoplastic Drugs to Prevent or Treat Experimentally Induced Peritoneal Carcinomatosis in Rats
Arndt Hribaschek, University Hospital, Magdeburg, Germany

Underexpression of Mineralocorticoid Receptor in Colorectal Tumors: An Early Event in Cancer Progression.
Francesco Di Fabio, McGill University - Jewish General Hospital, McGill University - Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research - Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, QC, Canada

Effects of Inflammatory Cytokines and Hypoxia on Intestinal Wound Healing and Matrix Metalloproteinase Expression
Dana Hayden, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Thymidylate Synthase Status and p53 Deficiency in GI Cancer Are Not Predictive Markers for 5-Fluorouracil (5FU) Sensitivity: A Case for Alternative 5FU Targets
Jonathan Brody, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Decreased Plasma Levels of Clusterin, an Acute Phase Reactant and Complement Regulatory Peptide, in the Immediate Post-Operative Period in Patients Undergoing Minimally Invasive Colorectal Resection
Anaeze Offodile, Columbia Presbyterian, New York, NY

Prediction of Lymph Node Status After Neoadjuvant Radiochemotherapy (RCT) in Rectal Cancer by Genome Microarray Analysis
Dermot McDowell, St James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

There Is a Stepwise Increase in Postoperative Plasma IGFBP-3 Depletion from Laparoscopic-Assisted to Hand-Assisted to Open Colorectal Resections
Aviad Hoffman, Columbia Presbyterian, New York, NY

Bioimpedance Techniques Demonstrate No Difference in Fluid Shifts Between Laparoscopic and Open Surgery
Stephen Kavic, Univ of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

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Basic: Pancreas
Hypertonic Saline Solution Inhibits Systemic Inflammatory Response but Not Local Lesions in Experimental Acute Pancreatitis.
Ana Maria Coelho, University of Sao Paulo, Sao paulo, Brazil

In Vivo Leukocyte-Endothelium Interactions and Cytokines Serum Levels in Experimental Acute Pancreatitis After Modulation of TNF-Alpha Production: An Intravital Microscopic Study
Andre Matheus, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Angiotensin II Mediates an Angiotensin Type 1 Receptor- ERK1/2- Dependent, P38- JNK-Independent Regulation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in Pancreatic Cancer Cells
Hwyda Arafat, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Effect of Peritoneal Lavage on Systemic Inflammatory Responses in Rats with Acute Pancreatitis
Lourenilson Souza, University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Dendritic Cells Generation from Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells Obtained from Jaundiced Patients with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma.
Andre Matheus, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Pancreatic Cancer Pulls Down Lymphocyte Migration
Sergio Pedrazzoli, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Protein Kinase C-zeta Regulates Nf-κB Activity During Kupffer Cell Apoptosis via ERK1/2 Signaling Pathway
Yanhua Peng, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Natural History of Pancreatic Cancer Recurrence Following "Curative" Resection in Athymic Mice
Marcus Torgenson, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Intravital Microscopic Characterization of Suramin Effects in an Orthotopic Immunocompetent Rat Model of Pancreatic Cancer
Hubert Hotz, Charite Medical School, Berlin, Germany

The Pancreatic Cancer Derived N-Terminal Peptide of S100A8 Inhibits Insulin Exocytosis and Stimulates Cancer Cell Growth
Sergio Pedrazzoli, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

The Angiogenic Role of Polymorphonuclear Neutrophil Derived Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 and Its Interaction with Tumor Derived VEGF
Dirk Bausch, Unversitätsklinikum Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Nerve Growth Factor Mediates Pancreatic Inflammatory Pain via PKC-Dependent Signaling of TRPV1
Eugene Ceppa, Duke University Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

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Basic: Small Bowel
Effect of Chronic, Extrinsic Denervation on Functional Nanc Innervation (VIP and Substance P) in Circular Muscle of Rat Jejunum
Michael Kasparek, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Phorbol Ester (TPA) Differentially Regulates Glutamine Transporter Genes
Brynn Wolff, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Palmyra, PA

Alteration of Small Intestinal Glutamine Absorption in Rats After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Brynn Wolff, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Palmyra, PA

Intra-Abdominal Abscess Regulates the Rat Intestinal Glutamine Transporter B0AT1
Qinghe Meng, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Intestinal Lipid Absorption Increases Cold Ischemia of the Small Bowel in Rats
Judith Junginger, University, Tuebingen, Germany

Trafficking of GLUT-2 to the Apical Membrane of Enterocytes via SGLT-1 Signaling Through Protein Kinase C
Corey Iqbal, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

The Influence of Total and Selective Afferent Vagotomy on Feeding Patterns and Weight Change in Rats
Adam Stearns, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

SGLT1-Mediated Glucose Uptake in Jejunum: Diurnal Rhythm in Intestinal Function
Anita Balakrishnan, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Diurnal Rhythmicity in Ileal Transporter Expression
Anita Balakrishnan, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

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Basic: Stomach
Detection of Micrometastases in Peritoneal Washings of Gastric Cancer Patients by Quantitative Real Time Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
Kimberly Dalal, David Grant USAF Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Travis AFB, CA

CD4+Cd25+ Regulatory T Cells in Regional Lymph Nodes Might Suppress Local Immunity to Help Tumor Growth in Benzo[a]Pyrene-Induced Forestomach Carcinoma
Yan-Shen Shan, National Cheng Kung Univ Hosp, Tainan, Taiwan

National Trends in Palliative Resection for Gastric Cancer
Jillian Smith, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Intra-Operative Assessment of Tissue Viability
L. Albert Wetter, Mills-Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame, CA

S.G.I.T: Sleeve Gastrectomy with Ileal Transposition: Weight Progression and Metabolic Impact in Obese Zucker Rats
Camilo Boza, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

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Clinical Science Posters
Clinical: Biliary
Common Bile Duct Stones: A Review of Management Options
Christine O'Neill, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Biliary Tract Cancer: Factors Associated with Surgical Resection and Perioperative Mortality
Zachary Hurwitz, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Cholecystectomy Results in Improvement of Symptoms in Patients with Biliary Dyskinesia.
M. Shirin Sabbaghian, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY

Histological Features of Lymph Node Metastasis in Patients with Biliary Tract Cancer
Tetsuo Ajiki, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

Endoscopic Surgical Skill Qualification System (ESSQS) in Japan
Toshiyuki Mori, Kyorin University, Tokyo, Japan

Cholecystectomy Mortality: A Single Centre Experience
M. Gok, University Hospital of Hartlepool, Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, Papillary Stenosis and Role of Endoscopic Sphincterotomy
Choichi Sugawa, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Early and Late Outcome of Bilioenteric Anastomoses
Ulrich Adam, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Adipokines, Obesity, and Human Gallbladder Disease
Amanda Cooper, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

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Clinical: Colon-Rectal
Functional Outcome and Quality of Life of Patients After Repair of Large Perianal Skin Defects for Paget's and Bowen's Disease
Imran Hassan, Mayo Clinic, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL

Impact of Obesity on 30-Day Morbidity Following Abdominal Surgery
Sean Glasgow, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

General Surgery Residents Demonstrate Decreased Operative Times and Conversion Rates for Straight Laparoscopic Sigmoid Colectomy in a Mentorship Based Training Program
Bradley Champagne, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Accuracy of the New Radiographic Sign of Fecal Loading in the Cecum for Differential Diagnosis of Acute Appendicitis in Comparison with Other Inflammatory Diseases of Right Abdomen
Andy Petroianu, Medical School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Hospital of Clinics of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Colorectal and Anal Neoplasms Following Liver Transplantation
Jeffrey Albright, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy vs. Conventional Excision Hemorrhoidectomy for Acute Hemorrhoidal Crisis: A Prospective Study
Jung Kang, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Hualien, Taiwan

Laparoscopic Treatment of Infiltrating Intestinal Endometriosis
Marcelo Averbach, Hospital Sirio Libanes, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

Can Elderly Patients Tolerate My Surgical Treatment? A Practical Approach to a Common Dilemma
Isacco Montroni, Policlinico S. Orsola- Malpighi Bologna, Ferrara, Italy

A Preoperative Nomogram Predicts Disease Recurrence for Early Stage Rectal Cancers
Matthew Kalady, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Short Bowel Syndrome After Continence Preserving Procedures
Jon Thompson, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Current Role of Radiofrequency Ablation for the Treatment of Colorectal Liver Metastases
Evgeny Rybakov, State Research Center of coloproctology, Moscow, Russian Federation

Prediction of Initial Treatment Failure for Anal Carcinoma and Results of Salvage Surgery
Evgeny Rybakov, State Research Center of coloproctology, Moscow, Russian Federation

Caring for a Patient with a Stoma Following Colorectal Surgery: Impact on Caregiver Quality of Life
Ann Seltman, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Morbidity of Ostomy Takedown
Andreas Kaiser, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

The Impact of F-18 FDG Positron Emission Tomography (FDG-PET) for the Preoperative Management of Patients with Colorectal Cancer
Zafer Kilbas, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey

Early Administration of Corticosteroids Improves the Healing of Peristomal Pyoderma Gangrenosum
Yuji Funayama, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Tohoku University Hospital, Sendai, Japan

Minimally Invasive Management of Iatrogenic Colon Perforation
Garrett Nash, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

3D Endoanal Ultrasonography (EUS) of External Anal Sphincter Defects in Patients with Fecal Incontinence: Correlation with Symptoms and Manometry
Patrizio Petrone, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Application of a Novel Severity Grading System for Complications Folowing Colorectal Resection
Haggi Mazeh, HadassahHebrew University Medical Center, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel

Improvement of Long-Term Results After Preoperative Chemoradiation for Rectal Carcinoma: Myth or Reality?
Arsen Rasulov, State Scientific Center of Coloproctology, Moscow, Russian Federation

Assessing Outcomes After Colectomy: The Value of a Rigorous Prospective Quality Process
Neil Hyman, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

Continuous Infusion of Local Anesthetic for Postoperative Pain Management After Laparotomy
Eric Ley, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Distal Rectal Cancer at the Age of 75 or Older: Not the End of the Line
Rafael Santos, University of São Paulo School of Medicine, São Paulo, Brazil

Defunctioning Stoma After Total Mesorectal Excision for Rectal Cancer: A Friend or a Foe?
Simon Ng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong , Hong Kong

Functional Effects of Lumber Colonic Nerve Preserving Low Anterior Resection for Rectal Cancer
Yoshitaka Tanabe, Graduate School of Medical Sciences Kyushu University, Kitakyushu Municipal Medical Center, Kitakyushu, Japan

Long Term Outcome of Circular Stapled Mucosectomy in the Treatment of Hemorrhoids - A Prospective Trial Results
Jaroslaw Leszczyszyn, University School of Physical Education, EMC Instytut Medyczny S.A., Wroclaw, Poland

Does a 48-Hour Rule Predict Outcomes in Patients with Acute Diverticulitis?
Jessica Evans, University of Connecticut Health Center, St. Francis Hospital, New Britain, CT

Stapled Haemorrhoidopexy: A Prospective Study from Pathology to Clinical Outcome.
Pierpaolo Sileri, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

Is Operative Morbidity from Appendectomy on the Rise?
Jennifer Malsbury, Waterbury Hospital and Health Center, Waterbury, CT

Performance of the Electrothermal Bipolar Vessel Sealer in 402 Consecutive Bowel Resections
William Hope, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

The Decline in Length of Stay After Appendectomy: A 33 Year Single Institution Review
Jennifer Malsbury, Waterbury Hospital and Health Center, Waterbury, CT

Risk Factors for Splenectomy During Splenic Flexure Mobilization in Colorectal Resections
Stefan Holubar, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Brooklyn, NY

Anorectal Cancer in Crohn's Disease
Patricia Sylla, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

Surgical Treatment of Hemorrhoids in Day Surgery: Longo vs. Milligan Morgan Technique
Vito M. Stolfi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

IBD and Lipid Parameters: Role of Inflammation
Imerio Angriman, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Restorative Proctocolectomy for Ulcerative Colitis: Impact on Lipid Metabolism and on Tissutal and Serum Fatty Acids
Imerio Angriman, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Clostridium Difficile Infections: Incidence and Surgical Implications
Cosmin Dobrescu, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Plasma VEGF Levels Are Persistently Elevated During the First Month After Colorectal Cancer Resection
A. Belizon, Columbia Presbyterian, New York, NY

Local Anesthesia Decreases Hospital Stay and Early Post-Operative Complications in Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy
Margaret Lauerman, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

Diabetes Mellitus Influences the Primary Location of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) in a Hispanic Population
Patrizio Petrone, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Short Course Preoperative Radiation for Rectal Cancer: Morbidity in a Pilot Study
Puneet Dhar, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India

Negative Prognostic Parameters Associated with Fatal Outcome of Clostridium Difficile Colitis
Andreas Kaiser, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Known Mucinous Adenocarcinoma of the Appendix Is Rarely Detected by Colonoscopy
Apurva Trivedi, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, Winston-Salem, NC

Laparoscopic vs. Open Colectomy for Crohn's Disease: A Case-Matched Study
Andre Moreira, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Novel Detection of Human Papillomavirus Subtypes in Anal Carcinomas
Sonia Ramamoorthy, UCSD and VA San Diego, San Diego, CA

Anastomotic Leak After Ileocolic Anastomosis: Risk Factor Analysis
Andre Moreira, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Analysis of Factors Impacting Early Health Related Quality of Life of Patients After Elective Abdominal Colorectal Surgery
Imran Hassan, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL

Intestinal Resection for Crohn's Disease Is Associated with a Significant Decrease in Plasma Levels of Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 3 and an Increase in MMP-9 Levels
Aviad Hoffman, Columbia Presbyterian, New York, NY

Plasma Levels of Soluble VEGF Receptor 1 and, to a Lesser Extent, of VEGF Are Increased Early Following Minimally Invasive Colectomy for Benign Indications
Shantha Kumara, Columbia Presbyterian, New York, NY

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Clinical: Esophageal
Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Is the Optimal Treatment for Achalasia Even When the Esophagus Is Dilated
Matthew Sweet, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Pulmonary Complications After Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy: A Significant Cause of Early Morbidity
Josh Roller, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Endoluminal Therapy for GERD: Outcomes Comparison Between Full-Thickness Plication and Radiofrequency Treatment
Louis Jeansonne, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Analysis of Factors Influencing Postoperative Complications and Long-Term Survival in Esophageal Cancer Patients Who Have Undergone Esophagectomies
Soji Ozawa, Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Outcomes of Surgical Treatment of Intrathoracic Gastric Volvulus
Fumiaki Yano, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Esophageal Resection in Patients with Recurrent Achalasia Following Myotomy
Giuseppe Portale, Dept. Medical Surgical Sciences, Padova, Italy

Outcomes and Side Effects Following Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication According to Indication
Daniel McKenna, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

Cruroplasty Reinforcement with Human Acellular Dermal Matrix in Large Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia
Yong Kwon Lee, UNMC, Omaha, NE

Laparoscopic Collis-Nissen Procedure by Computer-Assisted Stapling in Patients with Short Esophagus
Karl-Hermann Fuchs, Markus-Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany

Detection of Lymph Node Micrometastases by Cytokeratin Immunohistochemistry Is an Independent Prognostic Factor After Curative Resection of Esophageal Cancer
Goran Marjanovic, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

High UbcH10 Protein Expression as a Marker of Poor Prognosis in Esophageal Squamous - Cell Carcinoma
Akira Matsumoto, JIkei University School of Medicine, Nishi-shginbashi,Minato-ku,Tokyo, Japan

Limited Resection of the Distal Esophagus and the Cardia for Early Adenocarcinoma of the Junction: Preliminary Survival Data
Paulus Schurr, University Medical Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

New Approach, for Totally Endoscopic (Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic) En-bloc Esophagectomy with the Complete Three-Field Dissection
Hitoshi Satodate, Yokchama, Japan

Patient Dissatisfaction Following Antireflux Surgery, Incidence and Contributing Factors
Shahin Ayazi, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Technical Elements of Antireflux Surgery Contributing to Occurrence of Long Term Postoperative Dysphagia: A Prospective Study
Shahin Ayazi, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Prognostic Factors in the Treatment of Cardial Cancer: When Surgery Matters
Alejandro Nieponice, Hospital Universitario Austral, Clinica San Camilo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery in a West of Scotland Population Improves Symptom Score and Has a High Rate of Patient Satisfaction
Joanna Gray, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Comparison of the Effect of Dor Procedure and Nissen Fundoplication on the Distensibility of Gastroesophageal Junction: An Intraoperative Study
Shailesh Bajaj, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Resection of Gastric Stromal Tumors at the Esophagogastric Junction
Sean Li, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Overweight and Obesity and Other Risk Factors for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Reginald V. Lord, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Sydney, QLD, Australia

Reflux Events After Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy with Dor Fundoplication (HM + Dor) in Achalasia Patients Using Multichannel Intraluminal Impedance (MII)-pH Recordings
Roberta Barbera, istituto clinico humanitas, Rozzano (Milan), Italy

Isoperistaltic Jejunal Loop Interposition (Merendino Procedure) Reduces Acid but Not Non-Acid Reflux Episodes
Jan Borovicka, Gastroenterology, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Detection of Significant Prognostic Factors Using Gene-Expression Profiling in Patients with Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Yoshio Ishibashi, Jikei University Shool of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Functional and Radiological Evaluation of Free Jejunal Transplant Reconstructions After Radical Resection of Hypopharyngeal or Proximal Esophageal Cancer
Henrik Bergquist, Dept of ENT/H&N Surgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden

Early Oesophageal Carcinoma: Does the Lymphatic Involvement Matter?
Dean Bogoevski, University Clinic Eppendorf-Hamurg, Hamburg , Germany

Esophagectomy for High Grade Dysplasia Is Safe, Curative and Results in Good Alimentary Outcome
Valerie Williams, Univ of Rochester Medical Ctr, Rochester, NY

Reoperation for Zenker's Diverticulum: Experience of a Single Center
Shahin Ayazi, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Alternative Options of Surgical Treatment for Achalasia and Megaesophagus
Alejandro Nieponice, Hospital Universitario Austral, Clinica San Camilo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Identification of Intraoperative Factors Predictive of Recurrence After Laparoscopic Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
Katherine Hsu, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Detection of Hiatal Hernia by High Resolution Manometry
Fernando A. Herbella, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Gastrointestinal Quality of Life in Patients After Anti-Reflux Surgery
Sumeet Mittal, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

High Resolution Manometry Findings in Patients with Intrathoracic Stomach
Fernando A. Herbella, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Does a Peptic Esophageal Stricture Requiring Preoperative Dilation Impact Outcome After Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication?
Sarah Cowgill, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

After Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy, Do Emergency Department Visits or Rehospitalizations Predict Poor Long-Term Outcomes?
Sarah Cowgill, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Molecular Profiling with MIB-1 Correlates with Microscopic Evidence of Residual Disease in Patients Undergoing Neoadjuvant Therapy for Esophageal Cancer (EC)
Jeff Easler, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, Winston-Salem, NC

An Approach Towards Classifying Hiatal Hernias
Tommy Lee, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Transcervical Gastric Tube Drainage Facilitates Patient Mobility and Reduces the Risk of Pulmonary Complications After Esophagectomy
Matthew Schuchert, UPMC Health System, Pittsburgh, PA

Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Performed for Achalasia: Good Results from a Low Volume Center
Sunil Bhoyrul, Scripps Clinic, San Diego, CA

Do Previous Endoscopic Treatment Adversely Affect Outcome Before and After Heller Myotomy for Achalasia?
Carlos Galvani, Univ of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Does Not Cause Esophageal Dysmotility
Carlos Galvani, Univ of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

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Clinical: Hepatic
Minor Versus Major Hepatic Resection for the Treatment of Small Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) with Cirrhosis
Miin-Fu Chen, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital/Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Late Follow-Up of Patients Submitted to Subtotal Splenectomy
Andy Petroianu, Medical School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Hospital of Clinics of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Aggressive Hepatic Resection Improves Outcome of Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma
Swee Teh, Mayo Clinic, Portland, OR

Repeat Surgery for Liver/Lung Metastases After Hepatectomy of Colorectal Liver Metastases: Outcomes and Prognostic Factors
Zenichi Morise, Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Toyoake, Aichi, Japan

Indocyanine Green Plasma Disappearance Rate During the Anhepatic Phase of Orthotopic Liver Transplantation
Daniel Inderbitzin, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland

A Multidisciplinary Treatment Team for Patients with Hepatocellular Cancer at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center Improves Survival
Tammy Chang, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

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Clinical: Pancreas
Optimized Concept for the Treatment of Acute Pancreatitis in Patients
Guido Alsfasser, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany

Clinicopathological Features Influencing Survival in Patients with Resected Pancreatic Cancer
Gerard Aranha, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

LDH to Lymphocyte Ratio as an Index for Predicting Infection in Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis
Takashi Ueda, Kobe University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kobe, Japan

Significant Elevation of Serum IL-15 Levels in Patients with Severe Acute Pancreatitis
Kozo Takase, Kobe University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Saiseikai Hyogoken Hospital, Kobe, Japan

Ulinastatin for Postoperative Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Fistula Following Pancreaticoduodenectomy: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Kenichiro Uemura, Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan

Disorder of Coagulation-Fibrinolysis System in Patients with Severe Acute Pancreatitis
Takahiro Nakajima, Kobe University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kobe, Japan

Persistent Pancreatic Fistula Following Necrosectomy: Long-Term Patency of Pancreaticojejunostomy Is Superior to Fistulojejunostomy.
Thomas Howard, Indiana Univ Med Ctr, Indianapolis, IN

Incidence and Outcome of Duodenojejunostomy Leaks Following Pancreaticoduodenectomy
Jordan Winter, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Case-Matched Comparison of the Retroperitoneal Approach with Laparotomy in Necrotizing Pancreatitis
Hjalmar van Santvoort, University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands

Impact of Preoperative Biliary Drainage and Bile Colonization on Complications After Pancreatic Head Resection with Bilioenteric Anastomosis in 455 Patients
Frank Makowiec, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

18-FDG PET Is Very Useful in Detecting Tumor Relapse After Potentially Curative Resection of a Pancreatic or Periampullary Cancer
Sergio Pedrazzoli, Clinica Chirurgica IV, Padova, Italy

Improved Survival Prediction for Pancreatic Cancer Using Machine Learning and Regression
Stuart Floyd, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Defining N2 Disease in Resected Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas
James Tomlinson, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System , University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles , CA

Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer: Is 'Palliative' Resection Justified?
Frank Makowiec, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Staging of Pancreatic Endocrine Tumors in Japan
Shinichi Egawa, Tohoku University, Japan Pancreas Society, Sendai, Japan

Pancreatogenous Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglycemia After Roux en Y Gastric Bypass: The Role for Pancreatic Resection
Steven Bowers, Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, TX

Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma in Patients Under Age 50: Operative Management and Outcomes
Matthew Alleman, Mayo Clinic, Elko, NV

Pancreatic Head Mass: Can We Differentiate Inflammatory from Malignant Lesions in the Background of Chronic Pancreatitis?
Puneet Dhar, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India

Carcinomas of the Pancreatic Head Infiltrating Major Blood Vessels: Is It Worthy to Operate?
Dean Bogoevski, University Clinic Eppendorf-Hamurg, Hamburg , Germany

A Soft Pancreatic Texture Accelerates Not Only Elevation of Serum or Drain Amylase Levels but Also Systemic Inflammation After Pancreaticoduodenectomy
Naoya Nakagawa, Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan

External Pancreatic Fistulae Developing Post Percutaneous Drainage of Pancreatic Fluid Collections- Endoscopic Management
Deepak Bhasin, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, PB, India

Long-Term Survival of Surgically Treated Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: The Unique Features
Thomas Schnelldorfer, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Chylous Ascites After Pancreatoduodenectomy
Niels Van der Gaag, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Adenosquamous Carcinoma of the Pancreas: Does Surgical Resection Improve Survival
Rory Smoot, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Identification of a Novel Kindred with Familial Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer
Jennifer LaFemina, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Early Experience with Intraoperative Radiotherapy in Resected Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma
Craig Messick, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

The Significance of Lymph Nodes Harvested During Pancreatic Resection: A Review of the VA Central Cancer Registry
Joshua Mammen, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

You Do Not Have to Be a High Volume Institution to Have Good Outcomes for Pancreaticoduodenectomy
Anand Patel, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

Reduced Transfusion Requirement During Pancreatic Resection with Use of Intraoperative Isovolemic Hemodilution.
Craig Fischer, The Methodist Hospital, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Houston, TX

Pancreatitis and Pregnancy: A 10-Year Experience
Alejandro Hernandez, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Preoperative Predictors for Complications After Pancreaticoduodenectomy: Impact of BMI and Visceral Fat Mass
Michael House, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Sentinel Lymph Node Sampling: Is It Meaningful in Pancreaticodudenectomy?
Roozbeh Rassadi, Methodist Dallas Medical center, Dallas, TX

Defining the Remission of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Following Bariatric Surgery
Robin Blackstone, Scottsdale Bariatric Center, Scottsdale, AZ

Clinical Impact of the Reoperative Abdomen in Resective Pancreatic Surgery
Wande Pratt, Beth Israel Deaconess Med Center, Boston, MA

Medical Comorbidities, Not Pancreatic Fistulae, Are the Major Cause of Postoperative Complications After Distal Pancreatectomy
A. Moser, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Preliminary Results of Gene Expression Signatures in Four Chronic Pancreatitis Patients Receiving Autologous Islet Transplantation
Horacio Rilo, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Predictive Risk Factors for Complications of Differential Severity in Resective Pancreatic Surgery
Wande Pratt, Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr, Boston, MA

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Clinical: Small Bowel
Value of Serum Levels of CA-125 in the Diagnosis and Monitoring of Abdominal Tuberculosis
Vimal Bhandar, vmmc&safdarjung hospital, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Symptomatic Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency in the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Patient--A Case Series
Larry Deppe, University of Illinois-College of Medicine, Peoria, IL

Surgical Management and Outcome of Patients with Duodenal Crohn's Disease
Mark Shapiro, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

Early Enteral Feeding with 5% Glucose Maintains the Epidermal Growth Factor Level in the Jejunal Flap
Tzu-Ming Chang, Tungs' Taichung MetroHarbor Hospial, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Pneumatosis Intestinalis in Adults: Surgical Indications and Risk Factors for Mortality
Alexander Greenstein, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

Distal Intestinal Obstruction Syndrome (DIOS) in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis After Lung Transplantation
Jonathan Morton, St. Vincent's Hospital, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Primary Intestinal Lymphoma: Evaluation of Prognostic Factors and Treatment Outcomes.
Richard Smith, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

Correlation of Histology with Medical Treatment of Crohn's Disease
Mary Otterson, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Lipid and Phospholipid Profile Six Month After Ileo-Colonic Resection for Crohn's Disease
Imerio Angriman, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Proposed Staging System for Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors
Christine Landry, Univeristy of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Cytoreductive Surgery with Continuous Hyperthermic Peritoneal Perfusion with Cisplatin (CHPP): Analysis of Morbidity and Mortality in 266 Patients Treated at a Single Institution
Joseph Blansfield, Surgery Branch, NCI, NIH, Bethesda, MD

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Clinical: Stomach
Patterns of Death Following Gastric Bypass Surgery for Morbid Obesity
John Kirkpatrick, Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Refractory Gastroparesis Following Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Surgical Treatment with Gastric Pacemaker
J. Salameh, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

Gastric Adenocarcinoma: Twenty Years of D2 Lymphadenectomy in a Western Country
Carlos Jacob, University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Omental Wrap Procedure as a Management Solution for Hiatal Hernia in Morbidly Obese Patients Who Had Gastric Sleeve Resection Procedure.
Ghiath Alshkaki, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA

Laparoscopy-Assited Distal Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer
Teruo Kiyama, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan

Is the Malabsorptive Very Long Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass the Best Procedure for Super-Obese Patients?
Ferdinand Martinez, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Does Nash Influence Lipid Metabolism and Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Judith Hagedorn, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Midkine as a Prognostic Marker for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
Kai Bachmann, University Medical Center Hamburg Eppendorf, Kagoshima University, Hamburg, Germany

A Single Institution Review of 194 Cases of Vertical Band Gastroplasty with Sleeve Gastrectomy
Ghiath Alshkaki, Inova fairfax, Fairfax, VA

Lymph Node Staging of Gastric Cancer: Are We Doing Any Better?
Hiromichi Ito, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Adequate Lymphadenectomy Results in Accurate Nodal Staging Without an Increase in Morbidity in Patients with Gastric Adenocarcinoma
Charles Woodall, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Macro- and Micronutrients in Morbid Obese Patients Before and After Restrictive Bariatric Surgery
Bruno Balsiger, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Outcomes of Cocaine Induced Gastric Perforations Repaired with Omental Patch
Kevin Schuster, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Post-Operative Chemoradiotherapy Confers Better Survival Outcomes over Pre-Operative Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients with Resectable Locally Advanced Gastric Cancer
Enders Ng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

The Impact of Peri-Operative Dexmedotomidine Infusion on Post-Operative Narcotic Use and Length of Stay Following Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
Chirag Dholakia, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

The Effect of Preoperative Nutritional Education on Bariatric Surgery Outcomes
David Tichansky, University of Tennessee HSC, Memphis, TN

Thoracoscopic Vagotomy for Management of Recurrent Marginal Ulcers After Laparoscopic Roux en Y Gastric Bypass
G. Sorensen, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for Weight Loss in Morbid Obesity
Olga Tucker, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL

Reduced Incidence of Readmission for Dehydration Using the Antecolic Antegastric Approach to Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Kimbereley Steele, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Surgical Management of Gastro-Gastric Fistulae After Divided Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Morbid Obesity
Olga Tucker, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL

Post-Procedural Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Outcomes at a Single Institution
Elizabeth Franco, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

The Safety of Outpatient Bariatric Surgery in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Carson Liu, OBand Surgery Center, Marina del Rey, CA

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