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Yale Digestive Diseases Shares Latest Research in Chicago

June 05, 2023

Faculty and fellows from the Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Digestive Diseases presented research at Digestive Disease Week (DDW), the world’s premier meeting for physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery. The event, held in Chicago, took place on May 6–9, 2023.

Loren Laine, MD, chief of the Yale Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Digestive Diseases, was thrilled with the section’s representation. “The number of invited lectures as well as oral and poster presentations of research from our section was tremendous at DDW this year,” he said.

The following faculty from the Section of Digestive Diseases delivered invited lectures, chaired sessions, and/or shared their research as first or last authors of abstracts:

Poster Sessions

Badr Al Bawardy, MD, assistant professor adjunct: Outcomes of Accelerated Versus Standard Infliximab Induction Dose in Crohn’s Disease

Kenneth Hung, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine: AGA Advancing Clinical Practice: GI Fellow-Directed Quality Improvement Projects

Xavier Llor, MD, PhD, professor of medicine: Changes in Usage of Stool-Based and Non-Stool-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening Modalities Before and During the Covid-19 Pandemic in the United States

Thiruvengadam Muniraj, MD, FACG, FRCP, associate professor of medicine: Predictive Value of Renalase in Post-ERCP Pancreatitis; Frailty Is Associated With Poor Outcomes in Patients Admitted for Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis; Impact of Obesity and Morbid Obesity on Outcomes of Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Pancreatic Necrosectomy

Basile Njei, MD, MPH, PhD, instructor: An Explainable Artificial Intelligence Model for Prediction of High-Risk Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis

Dennis Shung, MD, MHS, PhD, assistant professor of medicine: Identifying Patients With Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding Using Note Text in the Electronic Health Record: A Hybrid Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning Approach; Performance of Artificial Intelligence Assisted Colonoscopy Vs Conventional Colonoscopy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis; Provider Trust and Perceived Usefulness of Machine Learning Risk Stratification Tool for Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding Using the Technology Acceptance Model: A Pilot Study

Zain Sobani, MD, assistant professor of medicine: Prevalence of Depression in Patients Hospitalized With Gastroparesis: An Analysis of the National Inpatient Sample

Lecture Sessions

Clara Abraham, MD, professor of medicine: A Decade of Big Data and AI: Successes, Failures and Ongoing Opportunities; IBD Cytokines, Signaling and Receptors

Badr Al Bawardy, MD, assistant professor adjunct: Longer Colonoscopy Withdrawal Time Is Associated With the Detection of Polypoid Dysplasia in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Harry Aslanian, MD, professor of medicine: Stents and Drains, Foregut Perforations: Advancing Endoscopy and Minimizing Morbidity; Master Class in Pancreatic Cyst Management

David Assis, MD, associate professor of medicine: Treatment of the Patient With Early PSC: UDCA, ORAL Vancomycin, or Neither, A Case-Based Approach to Insights, Approaches and Treatment of Patients with PSC and PBC

Priya Jamidar, FACG, FASGE, MBChB, professor of medicine: Cannulation Tips and Tricks

Vandana Khungar, MD, MSc, associate professor of medicine: Scans to Scopes—Safety of Radiographic and Endoscopic Evaluation in Pregnant Patients

Loren Laine, MD, professor of medicine: PPIS and PCABS, Presidential Plenary; Best of DDW

Xavier Llor, MD, PhD, professor of medicine: Mechanisms of Pathogenesis of Diffuse Gastric Cancer (Funderburg Symposium); Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Racial and Socio-Economic Disparities on Receiving Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations in the United States; Implementation of an EMR-Based Automated System for Identification of Patients Suspicious for Lynch Syndrome Has a Disproportionally Positive Impact in the Identification of Disadvantaged Patients

Wajahat Mehal, MD, DPhil, professor of medicine: TGF-Β Mediated HSC Transdifferentiation Requires Release of Mitochondrial DNA and Activation of the Cytosolic CGAS-STING-IRF3 Pathway

Anil Nagar, MD, associate professor of medicine: Stuck in the Gut—Gastroparesis Management and G-POEM for the Practicing Gastroenterologist

Dennis Shung, MD, MHS, PhD, assistant professor of medicine: A Comparison of Supervised and Unsupervised Methods for Polyp Segmentation

Tamar Taddei, MD, professor of internal medicine: Surveillance for HCC—When to Start and Stop?; Exploring Mechanisms Underlying Pathobiology and Drug Candidates of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Using Bioinformatics Approaches; Liver Diseases in Underserved Populations (moderator); Multidisciplinary Approaches to Liver Tumors in Action (moderator)

Louise Wang, MD, MSCE, assistant professor of medicine: A Clinical Prediction Model To Assess Risk of Pancreatic Cancer After Acute Pancreatitis Diagnosis; Mining the Electronic Health Record To Identify Patients at High-Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Since forming one of the nation’s first sections of hepatology and then gastroenterology over 50 years ago, Yale’s Section of Digestive Diseases has had an enduring impact on research and clinical care in gastrointestinal and liver disorders. To learn more, visit Digestive Diseases.

Submitted by Serena Crawford on June 05, 2023