It is my great honor to serve as chair of the 97th Congress of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES) for three days from May 31-June 2, 2019, at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa and International Convention Center Pamir, Tokyo, Japan. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Hisao Tajiri, President of JGES and all JGES members for giving me this opportunity. The organizing committee are working hard to ensure the congress will be a great success. Your support and contribution will be most appreciated to make this congress a successful one.
The slogan for the Congress will be “Endoscopy: A keen insight into nature of a disease”. As endocopists we understand our aim is to provide effective and minimally invasive treatments to our patients by using endoscopy to understand the nature of disease. I have worked closely with President Dr. Hisao Tajiri and members of the program committee to ensure the congress is stimulating and fulfilling for all who attend.
Two Special Sessions, two Special Lectures, sixteen Educational Lectures, JGES-ASGE joint symposiums and a JGES-ESGE joint symposiums are planned as part of our program. In the JGES Core Sessions, we are planning to include a number of sessions to cover the wide range of interests in the expanding endoscopic world. English speaking sessions will be provided every day. Also, there are hands-on sessions, which we hope will be especially useful for newly qualified doctors. Furthermore, we are pleased to introduce two new exciting sessions for this Congress. The first session is entitled “The international live demonstration course”. This course will run for the whole of the third day of the Congress. We will broadcast live demonstrations conducted by the highly respected international and domestic doctors from Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital. The second new session is entitled “97JGES Best Case Award”. In this session, we are planning to invite newly qualified active doctors to share videos which are considered to make a valuable contribution to the development of the endoscopic discipline. A panel of judges will select what they consider to be the best video. We are delighted to welcome a number of world-renowned leaders in the field of GI endoscopy: Dr. Jacques Marescaux (France), Dr. Robert Hawes (U.S.A.), Dr. Horst Neuhaus (Germany), Dr. Guido Costamagna (Italy), Dr. Stefan Seewald (Switzerland), Dr. Stavros Stavropoulous (U.S.A.), Dr. Philip W. Y. Chiu (Hong Kong), Dr. Han-Mo Chiu (Taiwan), Dr. Norio Fukami (U.S.A.) and Dr. Noriko Suzuki (U.K.) as the special guests from overseas. Some of them will give us live demonstrations from our Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital.
I look forward to seeing everyone in May 2019 at what I am sure will be a stimulating and fulfilling event. Your continued support and cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Digestive Disease Center,
Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital