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AGA launches new registry to track patient outcomes


The AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology is excited to announce a new clinical research registry to track and evaluate patient outcomes after trans-oral endoscopic suturing procedures.

The Prospective Registry for Trans-Oral Suturing Applications (“Endoscopic Suturing Registry”) will collect real-world data related to the safety and effectiveness of procedures done with Apollo Endosurgery’s OverStitch™ Endoscopic Suturing System. Jennifer Maranki, MD, director of endoscopy, Penn State Milton S. Hershey School of Medicine, and Brian Dunkin, MD, head of endoscopic surgery and medical director, Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education, will serve as principal investigators for the Endoscopic Suturing Registry. The Registry will begin collecting patient data in early 2018.

We asked Michael Kochman, MD, AGAF, past chair of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology and director of the Center for Endoscopic Innovation, Research and Training at the University of Pennsylvania, to weigh in on the value of this new registry.

“Flexible endoscopic suturing is an important tool for the treatment of a number of GI disorders. As these procedures become more routine in GI and surgery practices across the country, the real-world data AGA will collect through the Endoscopic Suturing Registry will guide all stakeholders in making informed decisions around the continued adoption of these procedures in clinical practice.”

Learn more about AGA’s registry initiative at

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