Charleston, South Carolina

7th Annual Update in Gastroenterology & Hepatology

September 17, 2022

The 7th Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology Update conference will be held on September 17, 2022, in Charleston, South Carolina. The one-day conference is intended to provide practicing clinicians with authoritative updates on the investigation and management of a broad spectrum of digestive and liver diseases.

We recently passed the 50th anniversary of the founding of the GI Division at MUSC and have chosen to celebrate our alumni. Thus, all speakers are past MUSC faculty and fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers nationally and internationally. We hope that many other alumni will be able to attend. We are pleased to be collaborating again with the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association. Most of the program topics will be of interest to endoscopy nurses and staff, but we have added a parallel session for them.

We look forward to welcoming everybody!
Peter B Cotton, Course Director

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
115 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC 29401
(o) 843.805.1066 | (f) 843.722.2112



Learning Objectives

The course is designed to provide health professionals with updated information and optimum tools to better manage patients with the full range of digestive and liver disorders.


Saturday, September 17:

Time Session
7:30 a.m. Registration
7:50 a.m. Welcome
8:00 a.m.  G. Nicholas Verne, MD, "Emerging Role of Epigenetics in GI Diseases"
8:25 a.m.  Michael Wallace, MD, "Artificial Intelligence Endoscopy"
8:50 a.m. Erin Forster, MD, "Everyday IBD Care"
9:15 a.m. Paul Tarnasky, MD, "Reality of Clinical Practice: Lessons Learned"
9:40 a.m.  David Koch, MD, "Cardiac Complications of Chronic Liver Disease"
10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.  Petter Cotton Lecture: Robert Hawes, MD, "Disruptive Innovation in Endoscopy"
11:10 a.m.  SCGA Lecture: Whit Knapple, MD, "ACG Legislative and Public Policy Update"  
11:50 a.m. Break
12:30 p.m. Breakouts/Meet the faculty: Endoscopy Cases (Andrew Brock, MD), Liver (Don Rockey, MD), IBD (Erin Forster, MD), Advanced Endoscopy (B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD), Practice (Whitfield Knapple, MD)
1:15 p.m.  Raymond DuBois, MD, PhD, Former Dean, MUSC College of Medicine and Director of MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, "Alumni Welcome"
1:30 p.m.  Anand Sahai, MD, "EUS-Guided Tissue Acquisition, State of the Art"
2:10 p.m. Will Lee, MD, "Acute Liver Failure: Causes and Management"
2:35 p.m. Guru Aithal, MD, "Innovations in MRI for Liver Diseases"
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Don Wilson Lecture: Lars Aabakken, MD, PhD, "Cystic Pancreatic Neoplasms"
3:40 p.m. Shyam Varadarajulou, MD, "Preventing Duodenoscope Infections"
4:05 p.m. Girish Mishra, MD, "Is There a Role for Pancreatic Cancer Screening?"
4:30 p.m. Clarence Legerton Lecture: John Cunningham, MD, "MUSC GI 50 Years Almost"
5:00 p.m. Close

Additional Parallel Nurses Program

Time Session
1:30 p.m. Marilyn Schaffner, PhD, "Life Has Taught Me This"
2:00 p.m. Peter Cotton, MD, "How Flexible Endoscopy Began"
2:30 p.m.  Rob Moran, MD, "The Future of Endoscopy"
3:00 p.m.  Break


A reception will be held following the Conference from 6:00 to 7:30pm at Halls Signature Events and will feature a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. We encourage you to bring your significant other and join in a relaxing evening while catching up with friends and colleagues.

Reception tickets can be purchased when you register for the conference
. Halls is just a short walk from the conference venue. Location: 5 Faber St., Charleston, SC 29401

Registration Fees

   By 8/19/2022 After 8/19/2022
Physicians  $120.00 $150.00
Residents/Nurses/APP's/ Others $75.00 $100.00
SGA Members $75 $100
Reception $30 $30
International Virtual Attendance $75 $100



A refund for conference registration will be made upon written request prior to August 27, 2022; however $50 will be retained for administrative costs. We reserve the right to cancel the program if necessary. Full registration fees will be refunded for canceled programs. MUSC cannot be responsible for reimbursement of airline or other transportation fees, hotel or rental car charges.

Hotel Information

Please tell them you are with MUSC GI Conference to get a special rate. Hotel reservations must be made before Sept. 17 to receive a discounted rate.

CME Credit

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Invited Faculty

  • Lars Aabakken, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Chief of GI Endoscopy, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
  • Guruprasad Aithal, MD, Professor of Medicine, Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders Theme, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, England
  • John Cunningham, MD, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Robert H. Hawes, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Central Florida; Director Center for Advanced Endoscopy, Research and Education, Orlando Health Digestive Health Institute, Orlando, FL
  • Whitfield Knapple, MD, Gastroenterologist, Arkansas Gastroenterology, North Little Rock, AR
  • William Lee, MD, Meredith Mosle Chair in Liver Diseases, Professor of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Girish Mishra, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine; Chief, Section on Gastroenterology & Hepatology; Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Anand Sahai, MD, Division Chief, Centre Hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal (CHUM) Quebec, Canada
  • Marilyn Schaffner, PhD, Prior Chief Nursing Officer, MUSC Health
  • Paul Tarnasky, MD, Medical Director, Methodist Dallas Digestive Institute, Dallas, TX
  • Shyam Varadarajulu, MD, Medical Director, Digestive Health Institute, Orlando Health System, Orlando, FL
  • Marcelo F. Vela, MD, Professor of Medicine; Director, Esophageal Disorders, Mayo Clinic, AZ

MUSC Faculty

  • Andrew Brock, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Peter B Cotton, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Raymond Dubois, MD, Former Dean of Medicine and Director of MUSC Hollings Cancer Center
  • B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD, Professor of Medicine and Endoscopic Innovation, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Erin Forster, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • David Koch, MD, MSCR, Associate Professor Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Robert Moran, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Don Rockey, MD, Distinguished University Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Disclosure Statements

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education anyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any financial relationships with any ineligible companies. An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Any financial relationships with these ineligible companies have been mitigated by the MUSC Office of CME. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.

Americans with Disabilities Act

It is policy of MUSC not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disabilities. If you feel you need services or the auxiliary aids mentioned in this act in order to fully participate in the CME activity, please call 843-876-5921.