Following last year success of HITEC (Hopkins International Therapeutic Endoscopy Conference) at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Invivox went to interview the 2 main course directors Drs. Mouen Kashab and Dr. Vivek Kumbhari regarding the next edition of this International conference dedicated to Endoscopic breakthroughs.

Vivek, Mouen, what’s new at HITEC 2019? 

Specializing in therapeutic endoscopy, Dr. Khashab is an expert in advanced and innovative endoscopic techniques, including ERCP, balloon-assisted enteroscopy, endoscopic mucosal resections, and interventional EUS, including the use of EUS to facilitate ERCP. He also has clinical interests in removing large colon polyps and sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. Dr. Khashab’s research interests include natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery.

Mouen A. Khashab, MD

Overall, the format will be similar to last year but we are adding some new features. These include a nursing component with a specialized nursing breakout session, a welcome reception allowing attendees and faculty to get to know each other, accommodation at a great price and convenient location, and a tour of the hospital. We are also working on bringing in some other exciting elements so keep an eye out for announcements. 



What are the participants going to learn? 

To sum it up in a sentence, participants will learn the latest and most advanced techniques in luminal, pancreaticobiliary and bariatric endoscopy.

Last but not least, there is going to be a synchronise translation into Spanish since we have more and more participants coming from Latin America! 

Are there any hands-on lab sessions planned this year? 

Dr. Vivek Kumbhari is the director of bariatric endoscopy at Johns Hopkins Medicine, as well as an assistant professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has been practicing medicine at Johns Hopkins for five years and recently joined the medical staff at Sibley, where he sees patients on Mondays and Fridays. Dr. Kumbhari provides a range of services, including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). His expertise includes minimally invasive, non-surgical therapies to facilitate weight loss and the treatment of obesity-related diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as performing endoscopic therapies to treat oncologic conditions involving the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Kumbhari has research interests in endoscopic innovation, interventional endoscopic ultrasonography, obesity, submucosal endoscopy and treatment of metabolic disease. He has contributed to over 150 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and invited reviews, and speaks both nationally and internationally.

Vivek Kumbhari, MBBCh, MD

We’re excited to offer at the Johns Hopkins hospital two hands-on labs sessions this year. These represent an opportunity to learn from the world’s best with high quality explant models while focusing on key skills such as endoscopic suturing, ESD, submucosal endoscopy and interventional EUS. Hands-on workshops like these are the most efficient way to learn new skills and integrate them into your own practice.


Who should attend HITEC 2019?

This course will be perfect for endoscopists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, endoscopy nurses and endoscopy technicians. HITEC will be the perfect venue for them to update their skills and get a comprehensive overview of the latest things happening in the field of endoscopy.


What stood out from HITEC last year? 

Last year we performed 30 complex live cases in 2 days including ESD, endoscopic suturing, endoscopic weight loss therapies, submucosal endoscopy and interventional EUS. The hands-on session was sold out and our participants loved the lunch time break out sessions where they could interact with the course faculty. 

Any tips for enjoying the city of Baltimore during our visit? 

There are plenty of things to do and sights to see while you’re in Baltimore. The American Visionary Art Museum may just be one of the most unconventional museums around, as all of the works are done by self-taught creators. For the beer-lovers out there Baltimore has a lot to offer. The nation’s first flag was assembled on the floor of a local brewery, so you could say that beer is literally woven into the fabric of the nation. The number of breweries is growing and Maryland is the only place in the US where you can visit a Guinness brewery. Last but not least, it’s no secret that Baltimore is known for its crabs, and you absolutely need scuttle on over to the favorites: Captain James LandingLP SteamersNick’s Fish House, or the family-owned Costas Inn.

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