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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 06, 2013
Contact: Carolann Martines
Associate Writer
(516) 663-2234
cmartines@winthrop.org

PHYSICIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD GATHER FOR WINTHROP’S LONG ISLAND LIVE ENDOSCOPY COURSE


Stavros Stavropoulos, MD, Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Director of the Program in Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (PAGE) at Winthrop-University Hospital, performs a live per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure in the Hospital’s Endoscopy Suite, while medical professionals learn from him at The Marriot in Uniondale, NY.


Pictured at Winthrop’s Fifth Annual Long Island Live Endoscopy Course at The Marriott in Uniondale are (l.-r.) Alberto Larghi, MD, PhD, Director of the EUS Program at Catholic University in Rome, Italy; James Grendell, MD, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Stavros Stavropoulos, MD, Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Director of the Program in Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (PAGE) at Winthrop; John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President & CEO; Christopher J. Gostout, MD, Director of the Developmental Endoscopy Unit at the Mayo Clinic; Haruhiro Inou, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Digestive Disease Center of Showa University in Yokohama, Japan; and Pinghong Zhou, MD, PhD, Associate Director of Endoscopy at Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Winthrop-University Hospital hosted The 5th Annual Long Island Live Endoscopy Course, “Advances in Therapeutic Endoscopy from ECRP to POEM and Beyond,” at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale on March 22, 2013. The Symposium provided physicians and other health professionals with opportunities to learn from leading endoscopic experts from around the world. The 120 attendees at the hotel were able to experience live challenging endoscopy cases performed by these international masters at Winthrop's endoscopy unit and transmitted in high definition via microwaves to the hotel. The uniquely challenging cases that were presented, as well as the renowned faculty, also attracted 60 online participants from major academic centers all around the country and even from abroad. These expert endoscopists attended the course online via the real-time live webcast.

Conceptualized by Stavros Stavropoulos, MD, Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Director of the Program in Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (PAGE) at Winthrop, the goal of “Long Island Live” is to explore the boundaries of endoscopy and to expose participants to novel technologies and techniques that may shape the future of endoscopy. This year’s course was the most successful to date, bringing together world-renowned endoscopists including Christopher J. Gostout, MD, Director of the Developmental Endoscopy Unit at the Mayo Clinic; Raj Shah, MD, Codirector of Endoscopy, University of Colorado; Haruhiro Inou, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Digestive Disease Center of Showa University in Yokohama, Japan; Alberto Larghi, MD, PhD, Director of the EUS Program at Catholic University in Rome, Italy; and Pinghong Zhou, MD, PhD, Associate Director of Endoscopy at Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

The Symposium also included local faculty, Frank Gress, MD, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Atul Kumar, MD, Gastroenterologist at Northport VA Medical Center in East Northport, who have participated in Long Island Live since its inception, as well as Chris Pitea, Director of the Center for Advanced Endoscopy at Banner Del E. Webb Hospital Center in Sun City West, AZ, who returned to Winthrop to serve as moderator. Dr. Pitea is a graduate of the Winthrop Advanced Endoscopy Program and has become one of the top advanced endoscopists in Arizona. Participants were able to text their questions to the panelists during the live cases ensuring a dynamic interactive experience.

“The course reached new heights this year by exposing attendees to live cases demonstrating cutting-edge endoscopic techniques only available in a very small number of centers around the world” said Dr. Stavropoulos. “The faculty of international endoscopy masters was extremely impressed with the level of difficulty of the cases and had high praise for the Winthrop CME team, hospital infrastructure and the Winthrop anesthesiologists and endoscopy staff that supported them in performing a large number of simultaneous complex procedures safely and successfully.”

Professor Inoue stated that the team of anesthesiologists, Winthrop nurses and PCAs that assisted him was one of the best he has ever worked with. This is high praise indeed coming from this internationally renowned Japanese endoscopy master who has been invited to perform innovative live endoscopy cases in hundreds of top endoscopy units around the world. Professor Inoue also commented that “the live cases presented at Long Island Live 2013 were the most challenging I have ever seen in a live course anywhere in the world.” Professor Gostout, a world-renowned master endoscopist, commented that “Winthrop should be proud for putting together the most unique live case course on the globe from the perspective of demonstrating where interventional endoscopy can and should be going.”

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