Friday, March 29, 2019

11:30 AM – Exhibits Open

11:30 AM – 12:50 PM

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 30, 2019

7:00 AM – 8:20 AM

10:10 AM – 10:25 AM

11:25 AM – 12:15 PM

2:35 PM – 2:50 PM

3:00 PM – Exhibits Close



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Following the conference please visit (___) to complete your CME evaluation. At the end of the evaluation you will be asked to enter the number of CME, ANCC contact hours, and/or MOC point you wish to claim for the conference. 


If you attended the entire conference, you will receive a maximum of: 

11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

11.0 MOC Points

10.3 ANCC Contact Hours


Once you have submitted your evaluation you will receive your certificate via email. Please be sure to check your junk folder as emails from unknown sends tend to be flagged as spam. 


For those requesting MOC points, please be advised there will be an additional assessment directly following this evaluation. 



To complete the MOC assessment you will need to include your 6-digit ABIM ID number and date of birth. Once you have submitted your assessment, your activity will be directed to the ACCME for review and release of your MOC points. Please allot between 4-5 weeks for your points to fully process through the ACCME & ABIM. 

Program Evaluation: Domain TBD


For program evaluation and certificate questions, please email info@galamericas.email.


FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

12:00-12:50 PM                         Lunch/Optional Symposium

12:50-1:00 PM                           Welcome/Introduction

                                                 Conference Chairs:
                                                 Lawrence Schiller, MD and Mack Mitchell, MD 

Current Topics in Hepatology I
Moderator: Nancy Reau, MD

1:00-1:25 PM                             HBV: Which treatments are currently available
                                                 and what is on the horizon?

                                                 Nancy Reau, MD

1:25-1:50 PM                             HCV Elimination: Screening, linkage and treatment

                                                 Eric Lawitz, MD

1:50-2:15 PM                             PBC: Screening, diagnosis and treatment

                                                 Naim Alkhouri, MD

2:15-2:40 PM                             NAFLD/NASH: Screening, current management
                                                 and treatments on the horizon

                                                 Mack Mitchell, MD

2:40-3:00 PM                             Q&A/Panel Discussion

3:00-3:15 PM                             Break*

Current Topics in Gastroenterology I
Moderator: William Chey, MD

3:15-3:45 PM                             Evidence based medical management of IBS

                                                 William Chey, MD


3:45-4:15 PM                             Management of acute pancreatitis in accordance                                                       with quality measures

                                                 Paul Tarnasky, MD

4:15-4:45 PM                             Chronic abdominal pain:
                                                 Making a diagnosis and what to do when you can’t

                                                 Lawrence Schiller, MD

4:45-5:15 PM                             Q&A/Panel Discussion

5:15-5:30 PM                             Day 1 Wrap-up
                                                 Conference Chair: Lawrence Schiller, MD

5:30-7:00 PM                             Welcome Reception*


Parallel Sessions (Attendees select one of the following)

  • GI Woes From Head to Toe

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Colorectal Cancer

  • Viral Hepatitis/Cholestatic Disease/Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

  • Complications of Cirrhosis with Focus on Hepatic Encephalopathy, thrombocytopenia and
    Hepatocellular Carcinoma

7:30-8:20 AM                            Breakfast/Optional Symposium


8:20-8:30 AM                            Welcome
                                                 Conference Chairs:
                                                                                                               Lawrence Schiller, MD and Mack Mitchell, MD 

Current Topics in Gastroenterology II
Moderator: Michael Vaezi, MD, PhD

8:30-8:55 AM                            Impact of bariatric surgery on esophageal function and GERD

                                                Michael Vaezi, MD, PhD

8:55-9:20 AM                            Treatment of non-achalasia motor disorders
                                                 (EGJ outlet obstruction, spasm and jackhammer)

                                                 Joel Richter, MD

9:20-9:45 AM                            Endoscopic therapy for GERD

                                                 Ronnie Fass, MD

9:45-10:10 AM                          Q&A/Panel Discussion

10:10-10:25 AM                        Break*

10:25 – 11:25 AM  



11:25 AM-12:15 PM                   Lunch/Optional Symposium


Plenary Session (Ethics Credit)

12:25-1:10 PM                           The Compassionate Practice

                                                 Evonne Kaplan-Liss, MD, MPH

Current Topics in Hepatology II
Moderator: Kimberly Brown, MD

1:10-1:35 PM                             Management of complications of cirrhosis:
                                                 Hepatic encephalopathy and thrombocytopenia

                                                 Kimberly Brown, MD

1:35-2:00 PM                             Hepatocellular carcinoma: Screening and treatment

                                                 Amit Singal, MD, MS

2:20-2:35 PM                             Q&A/Panel Discussion


2:35-2:50 PM                             Break*

Current Topics in Gastroenterology III
Moderator: Stephen Hanauer, MD

2:50-3:15 PM                              IBD: Transforming guidelines and pathways into practice

                                                  Stephen Hanauer, MD

3:15-3:40 PM                              Management of IBD complications including
                                                  iron-deficiency anemia

                                                  Amar Deshpande, MD

3:40-4:05 PM                              Value based care in GI including colon cancer screening

                                                  Deepak Agrawal, MD, MPH, MBA

4:05-4:25 PM                              Q&A/Panel Discussion

4:25-4:30 PM                              Closing Remarks


Jointly provided by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower,
the Gastrointestinal and Liver Association of the Americas (GALA),
and the Texas Liver Institute.

This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie, Gilead,
Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Prometheus Laboratories Inc., and Salix Pharmaceuticals.