Through this congress, multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge and experiences were facilitated, together with cutting-edge educational sessions, workshops, and interactive debates.
During the first day, experts discussed a wide array of clinical and research topics, highlighting the most recent advances across the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy, including the role of artificial intelligence systems in endoscopy, endoscopic treatment of obesity, and the latest therapies for inflammatory bowel disease, all of which are major local issues in the UAE. Attendees were also able to participate in educational sessions, workshops, and interactive debates, which shared best practices in the field from around the world and enabled them to collaborate to tackle complex problems that reduce barriers to improving care.
Dr. Michael B. Wallace, Congress President and Division Chair of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at SSMC, commented on the event saying: “It has been exciting to see the gastrointestinal community come together here in Abu Dhabi. Through the partnership between SSMC and Mayo Clinic, we have had the opportunity to offer experts from the gastroenterology and hepatology field of practice with a chance to gain new perspectives and skills that will help enhance the quality of care that is being delivered to UAE patients.”
“We are very pleased with the amount of stimulating collaboration and engagement taking place so far,” said Dr. Laura Raffals, Congress Vice President and Vice Chair of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic. “The congress is a perfect chance to explore valuable connections and research developments that will enable members to discover new tools, technologies and processes in the medical field.”
The two-day event featured internationally renowned experts. These notable attendees include Dr. Omar Najim, Executive Affairs Director at DOH, Dr. G. Anton Decker, President of Mayo Clinic International, USA, Dr. Naser Ammash, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Sciences – Chief Executive Officer, SSMC in partnership with Mayo Clinic, Dr. Matthew Gettman, Chief Medical Officer, SSMC, Mr. Michael James Ryan, Chief Administration Officer, SSMC and Dr. Abba Zubair, Dean of Education, SSMC.