Announcing the launch of the Don and Tom Sponsored Attendee

Don Castell (left) and Tom DeMeester (right)

Don Castell (left) and Tom DeMeester (right)

We thank all of you that have enjoyed this course over the years.  Having been co-directors for only a few years now Phil and I have a deep appreciation for the incredible effort Don and Tom put forward to make this course what it is and sustain it for 34 years.  All of us over the years have been so enriched by these giants in esophageal disease, and it is only fitting that their legacy continues in the form of a sponsored attendee each year.  

Our vision is that a fellow or young attending (within the first 2 years after fellowship) with plans for a career in esophageal disease be sponsored to attend the course.  The plan would be to alternate each year between a gastroenterologist and a surgeon.  Applicants will submit their CV and a statement about their career plans and a committee will select the attendee.  The committee will be made up of prior course attendees, so if you are interested in serving on the committee please submit the interest form below.

 In addition, we are hoping that you will join the board and faculty in making a contribution to the fund so that we can launch the Don Castell and Tom DeMeester Attendee this year.  The attendee will have hotel, airfare, and the course registration fee covered along with a stipend for meals.  We believe this will be a meaningful and lasting tribute to these two incredible teachers who have brought so much to the field of esophageal disease and to this incredible course!

Please select an amount to contribute below.  Your contribution should be tax deductible.  Thank you in advance for generously supporting this educational cause!

Steve DeMeester and Philip Katz

Donation amounts of  $25, $50, $100, $500, and OTHER are available. 


We are pleased to announce that the 2019 fellow has been selected and applications are now closed.

If you are interested in being on the Committee, please submit the following form

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