June 9-10, 2016

Radisson Blu - Mall of America
Bloomington, MN

University of Minnesota Medical School

Department of Surgery

Office of Continuing Professional Development
University of Minnesota Medical School

AGA Institute logo

The AGA Institute
American Gastroenterological Association



  • Director: Greg Beilman, MD
  • Co-Director: Martin Freeman, MD
  • Chairman of Surgery: David A. Rothenberger, MD

This 79th Annual two-day course is designed to enable surgeons, gastroenterologists, and other healthcare professionals to better identify, evaluate and treat diseases of the pancreas through presentations and case discussions by individual experts in specialties involved in the care of patients with pancreatic diseases.

This conference is ideal for surgeons, gastroenterologists, researchers, and beneficial to other specialists involved in the care and management of surgery patients.


Following completion of this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Create collaborative opportunities between clinical and basic scientists interested in diseases of the pancreas.
  • Describe how diabetes affects pancreatic diseases.
  • Recognize the current research on the effects of tobacco and alcohol on pancreatic diseases.
  • Describe how obesity and metabolism affect pancreatitis.
  • Appraise the multi-disciplinary options for managing diseases of the pancreas.
  • Discuss the most up-to-date research on the management of recurrent acute pancreatitis.
  • Explain the advances in molecular diagnostics and its application to pancreatic cystic lesions.


  • Chronic & Acute Pancreatitis
  • Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMN) and Cystic Neoplasm
  • Basic Research in Pancreatitis
  • Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto Transplantation for Chronic Pancreatitis (TPIAT)
  • Case Studies & Panel Discussion


  • E. Starr Judd Lecture: Marc Besselink, MD, PhD; Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Owen H. Wangensteen Research Lecture: Markus Lerch, MD; Department of Medicine, University of Greifswald, Germany
  • Robert Goodale Lecture: Ashok Saluja, PhD; Senior Associate Dean for Research Innovation, University of Miami Health System



The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Medical Association (AMA) Credit Designation Statement
The University of Minnesota designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Surgery MOC Part Two: Self-Assessment
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes a post-test score of 75% or higher, enables the participant to earn up to 15.25 credits of American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Participants will earn MOC points, equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity.

Other Health Care Professionals
Health care professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their Statements of Participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Radisson Blu Hotel
Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: 800-333-3333
Map and Directions

A block of sleeping rooms is available at the discounted rate of $169 single or double occupancy per night plus the current tax. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel. You may call 1-800-333-3333 and refer to the Annual Surgery Conference or reserve your room online (Promotional Code UMNDOS.) Reservations will be accepted on space and rate availability.

Hotel Connected to Mall of America

  • World-class shopping, dining and entertainment are footsteps away in the attached Mall of America.
  • From intimate board meetings to large-scale conferences and social events, the hotel's more than 26,300 square feet of modern meeting and event facilities accommodate attendees in flexible, spacious surroundings, ensuring a truly inspirational and memorable event.
  • The FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar represents the best of American cuisine, with eclectic design and a timeless mix of classic American heartland flavors.
  • The hotel boasts 500 superb guest rooms and suites where guests can enjoy one of three fashion-inspired Urban, Naturally Cool or Mansion House room styles, all of which include amenities such as complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet, flat-screen televisions and individual climate control.
  • Guests enjoy complimentary 24-hour access to the hotel's Fitness Center, which includes a fully equipped fitness room, indoor pool and spa.

Parking Information

  • Complimentary parking is available in the attached parking ramp and in the East and West Mall of America lots
  • Valet is $22 for overnight and $10 for conference parking

Register by May 18, 2016 (extended) to take advantage of our Early Registration Discount! (Published fees reflect discount.)

View registration rates.

Registration fees include continental breakfast, lunch, morning/afternoon breaks and course materials.

If you would like to attend the Owen H. Wangensteen Research Lecture and Dinner on Thursday evening, June 9, 2016, you must REGISTER for it by adding the "EVENING LECTURE" section to your "cart."

  • There is no extra fee for physicians and other healthcare professionals who are registering for the Annual Surgery Conference.
  • A $50 fee applies to all other Annual Surgery Conference registrants, to those who are attending only the evening lecture and dinner, and to guests.

You may choose one of the following methods to register for this conference:

Register online with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express by selecting Add to Cart in the Enroll Now section on the right side of this page. In order to protect your credit card information, the Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD) does not accept credit card payments by phone, fax, mail, in person, or on-site.

By Mail
Mail your check (payable to the Regents of the University of Minnesota) with the registration form to: Office of Continuing Professional Development, University of Minnesota Medical School, MMC 293, Mayo Memorial Building Room G-254, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

On-site registrants may pay by check or cash. Credit cards cannot be accepted on site.

Special needs such as dietary restrictions, lactation room, etc. should be indicated in advance; requests cannot always be honored on site.

Note: Participants are not considered registered until registrant information and payment have been received by our office.

PDFs of presentations authorized for distribution will be available approximately one week prior to the conference. An email will be sent to registered participants with directions to access the PDFs when they become available.

In the event you need to cancel your registration, the registration fee, less a $50 administrative fee, will be refunded if you notify us by 4:30 p.m. Central Time on May 27, 2016. No refunds will be made after this date.

If you have any questions, please contact our office by telephone at 612-626-7600 or 1-800-776-8636, or by e-mail at cme@umn.edu.

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