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Dysphagia Pathogenesis, Diagnosis and Management 2022

Program Description

This interactive one-day activity will present cutting-edge new information for improving assessment and management of patients with dysphagia, esophageal disorders, and place recent advances in the context of current assessment and management paradigms.

The format includes keynote presentations by internationally known guest speakers and UC San Diego faculty.  These presentations will be evidence based with plenty of time for discussion.

Target Audience
The target audience for this initiative includes gastroenterologists, primary care physicians, internal medicine physicians, surgeons, ENT physicians and other healthcare professionals who care for patients with dysphagia and esophageal disorders.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe up to date information on the pathogenesis of oropharyngeal dysphagia, esophageal motor disorders, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus.
  • Describe various diagnostic strategies for evaluation of oropharyngeal dysphagia, esophageal motor disorders, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus.
  • Identify novel treatment approaches for oropharyngeal dysphagia, esophageal motor disorders, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus.


​Friday, May 20, 2022                                                              Sanford Consortium, La Jolla, California
​7:00 am
​Registration & Continental Breakfast 
​7:50 am
​Welcome and Introduction, Ravinder Mittal, MD
Esophageal Dysphagia: Motor Disorders of Esophagus
​8:00 am
DiagnosisMark Fox, MD
​8:30 am
Management AchalasiaArjan Bredenoord, MD, PhD
​9:00 am
Pathogenesis, Ravinder Mittal, MD
​9:30 am
​HRM and Endoflip: Critical Evaluation - Benson T. Massey, MD
Oropharyngeal Dysphagia: Pathogenesis and Management
​10:00 am
​Pathogenesis, Reza Shaker MD 
​10:30 am
​Management, Shaheen Hamdy, MB CHB, PHD, FRCP
​11:00 am
Eosinophilic Esophagitis - No CME offered for this session
​11:30 am
Pathogenesis of EOE, Glenn Furuta MD
​12:00 pm
Fibrosis in EOE, Seema Aceves, MD, PhD
​12:30 pm
Diagnosis & ManagementIkuo Hirano, MD
​1:00 pm
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease & Barrett's Esophagus
​2:00 pm
Pathogenesis I, Rhonda F. Souza, MD, AGAF, FASGE
​2:20 pm
Pathogenesis IIAnisa Shaker, MD, AGAF
​2:40 pm
Diagnosis, Daniel Sifrim, MD, PhD
​3:10 pm
Management, Prakash Gyawali, MD, MCRP
3​:40 pm
Barrett's Esophagus, Stuart Spechler, MD, AGAF, FACG
​4:10 pm
Novel Method of Assessing Esophageal Peristalsis  (Future of Dysphagia Diagnosis)Ravinder Mittal, MD 
​4:40 pm
Final Remarks & Adjourn


Ravinder Mittal, MD
Course Director
Professor of Medicine, 
Division of Gastroenterology
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, California

Anand S. Jain, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Esophageal Disorders Program
Division of Digestive Diseases
Department of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

​Seema Aceves, MD, PhD
Co-Course Director
Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine
Division of Allergy & Immunology
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, California
Benson T. Massey, MD
Professor of Medicine
Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Arjan Bredenoord, MD, PhD
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Academic Medical Center
Professor of Neurogastroenterology & Motility
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherland
Anisa Shaker, MD, AGAF
Associate Professor of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Director of the Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders Center
Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases
Los Angeles, California
​Mark Fox, MD
Professor & Chair of Gastroenterology
University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
Reza Shaker, MD
Associate Provost, Senior Associate Dean,
Center Director, Chief & Professor of 
Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Glenn Furuta, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Children Hospital
Denver, Colorado
​Daniel Sifrim, MD, PhD
Professor of Gastrointestinal Physiology
Barts and the London School of Medicine,
Queen Mary University.
London, UK

​C. Prakash Gyawali, MD, MRCP
Professor of Medicine,
Director of Neurogastroenterology & Motility 
Program Director of Gastroenterology Fellowship Training, Division of Gastroenterology,
Washington University School of Medicine
St Louis, Missouri
Rhonda F. Souza, MD, AGAF, FASGE
Co-Director, Center for Esophageal Diseases
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
Co-Director, Center for Esophageal Research
Baylor Scott & White Research Institute
Adjuct Professor, Texas A&M College of Medicine
Dallas, Texas
Shaheen Hamdy, MB CHB, PHD, FRCP
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Gastroenterology
University of Manchester 
Manchester, UK

​​Ikuo Hirano, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

Stuart Spechler MD, AGAF, FACG
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Co-Director, Center for Esophageal Diseases, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas;
Co-Director, Center for Esophageal Research, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute;
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Texas A&M College of Medicine
Dallas, Texas

Register Online

Live Conference 
Limited to 100 ppl


Virtual Conference

Registration for the live conference includes conference materials, continental breakfast, coffee break and lunch. 

Online Registration Deadline is May 17, 2022

Accommodations: For general information to request reasonable accommodations, contact Maureen Helinski Clarke, CMP to submit your request.

Payment Accepted: Credit Card, Wire or UC Recharge only

Wire Transfers: If you plan on processing a wire transfer to cover your registration fees, please email our CME Administrator, Carissa Aguayo at, directly to start the process.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be allowed.


Sanford Consortium                                                                                                                                  2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive                                                                                                                      La Jolla, CA 92037

The meeting will be held in the 2nd floor conference room. Parking is $3 per hour.  Street parking may be available.


The University of California San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 AMA: The University of California San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Exhibitor Opportunities 

Exhibit Fee - $1500
  • One 6 foot tabletop exhibit
  • One complimentary registration for exhibitor representatives
 As an exhibitor, your company or organization will be acknowledged in the handout materials and will receive access to the digital course syllabus.

Please read the UC San Diego CME Exhibitor Policy then apply to become an exhibitor.

Please note: Payment is due in full prior to the start of the program and no refunds will be issued for cancellations. Credit Card is the preferred method of payment.
For more information about exhibit opportunities, please contact:
Maureen Helinski Clarke, CMP
Program Manager
Phone: (858) 534-1302
Fax: (858) 534-1896

Contact Us

UC San Diego School of Medicine
Continuing Medical Education
9500 Gilman Drive, MC0947
La Jolla, CA 92093-0947
Phone: (858) 534-3940 or (888) 229-6263
Fax: (858) 534-1896

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