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Location & Time

Friday mornings 7:30-10:00 AM 

Room location, virtual meeting information, or start times are subject to change throughout the year. Please check our Calendar for up-to-date information or email the contact listed below.

We invite you to join our Frontiers in Gastroenterology and Hepatology series.

This series is a weekly conference of rotating topics focused on the latest updates and advances in research and improvement of patient care. The series is taught and led by Division faculty and fellows and faculty members from collaborating departments, such as Pathology, Surgery, and Radiology.

Invited local, national, and international experts in different fields are also invited to speak on subjects of their expertise in areas of particular current interest.


Upon completion of this series, attendees should be able to:

  • Discuss the most current scientific literature on the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal and liver diseases.
  • Describe the inter-relationship between new advances in basic scientific research and clinical features in daily practice.
  • Apply an evidence-based approach to construct treatment strategies.

Intended Audience

This series is intended for gastroenterology fellows, gastroenterologists, physicians in practice, and other healthcare providers who treat patients with digestive diseases and hepatobiliary diseases.

The Curriculum

The educational objectives and rotating topics of this series are chosen based on the Gastroenterology Core Curriculum, as published by the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

This curriculum covers fourteen key topic areas encompassing all of the organ systems in the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary systems, as well as over-arching topics. Such topics include malignancy, nutrition, surgical aspects, radiological considerations, pediatric patients, and motility disorders.

Keep abreast of the latest literature, learn new clinical techniques and diagnostic testing for common gastrointestinal problems, participate in regular reviews of difficult or unusual problems for the practicing gastroenterologist, and keep up to date with current research topics.

Session Formats

The Frontiers in Gastroenterology & Hepatology is comprised of five rotating session formats. Each week consists of a combination of two to three of the session formats listed below. For each week that you plan to attend, please check our Calendar. Room location, session times, format, and speakers are subject to change.  [Note: The sessions are held virtually until further notice]. The calendar is updated frequently, so check in often. As a registered attendee of the series, you will receive email notifications regarding these changes.

Session Format I: Journal Article Reviews

Reviews of recently published medical literature will address educational needs in various areas, encompassing all of the organ systems in the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary systems as well as over-arching topics. The presentations are organized by topic. There are three in-depth reviews at each session, two given by members of the faculty and one by a fellow. Published manuscripts are reviewed and critiqued by each presenter, who provides an annotated bibliography.

Session Format II: Grand Round Case Reviews

A presentation of cases representing difficult or unusual problems for the practicing gastroenterologist. Each month's presentation is organized by members of the faculty based at both University-affiliated and community hospitals, clinics, and private practices. The audience consists of faculty, fellows, residents, and students, drawn from throughout the Puget Sound region. There is a free-flowing discussion that draws upon the expertise and clinical experience of members of the audience. The presenters provide literature citations relevant to the cases under discussion.

Session Format III: Morbidity, Mortality & Management

Session on morbidity, mortality & management attended by gastroenterologists from the University of Washington faculty and the private practice community who have an interest in clinical gastroenterology and hepatology. Topics have a strong clinical orientation, with an emphasis on evidence-based decision-making.

Session Format IV: Special Topic-Based Seminars & Conferences

This session format has an advanced technique or diagnostic focus, such as interventional and advanced diagnostic methods of gastrointestinal endoscopy, as applied to real-life cases. Cases and topics are presented to faculty and fellows from the Division of Gastroenterology and from collaborating departments, such as Radiology and Pathology. Topics for this session format include radiology, histopathology, hepatology, clinical problem-solving, research in progress, and evidence-based gastroenterology.

Session Format V: Special Lectures & Invited Speakers

Special session presentations are by visiting lecturers. Frontiers in Gastroenterology & Hepatology will invite experts from other Universities to lecture on subjects of their expertise, particularly if these topics have not been presented by members of our extended faculty. Under these circumstances, we will invite the principal investigator or primary author to describe his or her original work. There is an opportunity for interchange with the visiting expert at the time of the lecture and in small group seminars following the lecture.​​


For additional information or to be added to the email listserv, please contact:

Bernadette Andrada
1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356424, Seattle, WA 98195-6424
P: (206) 221-9202
F: (206) 616-4187