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Save the Date for the 2015 NOSCAR® Summit

July 9-11, 2015 ASGE IT&T Center Downers Grove, IL

Course Chairs:  John Romanelli, MD, SAGES and Stavros Stavropoulos, MD-ASGE Course

Vice-Chairs:  Garth Jacobsen, MD-SAGES and Kai Matthes, MD, PhD-ASGE

2015 Program Agenda (PDF)

Program Registration Form (PDF)

NOSCAR/NOTES Innovator of the Year Award Video Submission Information (PDF)

Lodging Information

Exploring the latest scientific information on Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM), Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) and Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery® (NOTES®), the 2015 NOSCAR Summit will bring together leaders from around the world to discuss current therapeutic endoscopic procedures, surgical techniques and innovative devices and accessories.

For more information on the program and presenters for this outstanding educational opportunity which will be held at the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology, contact Liz O’Keefe at liz@noscar.org.


NOSCAR A joint initiative supported by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

It is unique in one’s career in medicine to see a true paradigm shift that significantly changes patient management. This generation experienced such a paradigm shift with the introduction and development of laparoscopic surgery. It is possible that we are on the verge of another paradigm shift – Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)®.

To address this emerging technology, a working group consisting of expert laparoscopic surgeons from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and a group of expert interventional endoscopists representing the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) came together for a meeting in New York City in July 2005. This group identified itself as the Working Group on Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery, later the NOSCAR Joint Committee. The overriding goal of the meeting was to produce a document that would serve as a guide for the responsible development of NOTES®.

For more information about NOSCAR, contact either SAGES or ASGE


The web site

This web site contains information on the NOTES® process and the related activities of the NOSCAR group. This site will provide updates on the programs and activities developed by SAGES and ASGE on this important initiative. We invite you to check it regularly for updated information and materials related to the NOTES® process.


Visit the other pages on this site to learn more about NOTES® and NOSCAR®