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[October 22, 2009]

Radiofrequency Ablation Course for Barrett’s Esophagus, Nov. 13

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is holding a radiofrequency ablation course for Barrett’s esophagus (BE) on Friday, November 13, 2009, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Frank G. Gress, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is the course director.

Dr. Gress is a pioneer in endoscopic ultrasound and other technologies and a renowned authority on BE, which is an inflammation of the esophagus that may sometimes be a prelude to cancer but is treatable. BE can be detected through endoscopy.

The course will include a review of diagnosis, grading, and progression of BE; explanation of therapeutic objectives for treating BE; detailing the algorithm for patient selection, radiofrequency ablation procedure, and patient follow-up; hands-on procedural experience with radiofrequency ablation; and a summary of clinical trials and published data for the treatment of BE.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Jim Worth at 718-270-1758.

Dr. Gress is also medical director of the Digestive Disease Center at SUNY Downstate, which provides expertise in all aspects of gastrointestinal disease management in a multidisciplinary environment. For more information about the Digestive Disease Center, please visit



SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patientÕs bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.