Charleston, South Carolina

7th Annual Update in Gastroenterology & Hepatology

October 9, 2021

The 7th Annual Gastroenterology and Hepatology Update conference will be held on October 9, 2021, at the Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel 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 in USA and overseas. 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, October 9:

Time Session
7:30 a.m. Registration
7:50 a.m. Welcome
8:00 a.m.  Girish Mishra, M.D., "Is there a Role for Pancreatic Cancer Screening"
8:25 a.m.  Mike Wallace, M.D., "Artificial Intelligence Endoscopy"
8:50 a.m. John Morris, M.D., "Management of Acute Upper GI Bleeding"
9:15 a.m. Paul Tarnasky, M.D., "Reality of Clinical Practice: Lessons Learned"
9:40 a.m.  Peter Draganov, M.D., "Don Wilson Lecture: Third Space Endoscopy"
10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.  Robert Hawes, M.D., "Peter Cotton Lecture: Disruptive Innovation in Endoscopy"
11:10 a.m.  Whit Knapple, M.D., "SCGA Lecture:  ACG Legislative and Public Policy Update"  
11:50 p.m. Break
12:30 p.m. Breakouts/Meet the faculty: Endoscopy (Andrew Brock), Liver (Don Rockey), IBD (Erin Forster), Panc-Bil (B. Joseph Elmunzer), Practice (Whitfield Knapple)
1:15 p.m.  Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., Dean College of Medicine, MUSC, "Alumni Welcome"
1:30 p.m.  G. Nicholas Verne, M.D., "Clarence Legerton Lecture:  Emerging Role of Epigenetics in Gastrointestinal Diseases"
2:10 p.m. Will Lee, M.D., "Acute Liver Failure: Causes and Management"
2:35 p.m. Guru Aithal, M.D., "Innovations in MRI for Liver Diseases"
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. John Cunningham, M.D., "Benign Biliary Strictures"
3:40 p.m. Shyam Varadarajulu, M.D., "Preventing Duodenoscope Infections"
4:05 p.m. Marcelo Vela, M.D., "GERD: Management of PPI-refractory Symptoms"
4:30 p.m. Lars Aabakken, M.D., "Cystic Pancreatic Neoplasms"
5:00 p.m. Close

Additional Parallel Nurses Program

Time Session
1:30 p.m. Marilyn Schaffner; "Life Has Taught Me This"
2:00 p.m. Peter Cotton, M.D., "How Flexible Endoscopy Began"
2:30 p.m.  Rob Moran, M.D., "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 Chop House 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 9/7/2021 After 9/7/2021
Physicians  $120.00 $150.00
Residents/Nurses/APP's/ Others $75.00 $100.00
SCGA Members $75 $100
Reception $30 $30
International Virtual Attendance $75 $100




A refund for conference registration will be made upon written request prior to September 3, 2021; 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***
The Mills House |115 Meeting Street | 843.805.1066
The Elliott House |78 Queen Street | 843.518.6500
Meeting Street Inn | 173 Meeting Street | 843.723.1882
Indigo Inn | 1 Maiden Lane | 843.577.5900

CME Credit

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.50 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
  • Peter V Draganov, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of Advanced Endoscopy, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Florida in Gainesville, FL
  • 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
  • John Morris, MD, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Scotland; Deputy Vice President Endoscopy British Society of Gastroenterology
  • 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
  • G. Nicholas Verne, MD, Professor & Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN
  • Michael B. Wallace, MD, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Khalifa University School of Medicine, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E

MUSC Faculty

  • Andrew Brock, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, MUSC, Charleston, SC
  • Peter B Cotton, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, MUSC, Charleston, SC
  • Don Rockey, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, MUSC, Charleston, SC
  • Erin Forster, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, MUSC, Charleston, SC
  • B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD, Professor and Peter B. Cotton Professor of Medicine & Endoscopic Innovation, MUSC, Charleston, SC
  • Robert Moran, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, MUSC, Charleston, SC

Disclosure Statements

In accordance with the ACCME Standards, anyone involved in planning or presenting at this educational activity will disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the health care industry. This information will be made available to participants at the beginning of the activity.

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.