MGH-WGO Colorectal Cancer in Africa Updates: Raising Awareness 2023

March 5, 2023

This is webinar focused on raising awareness about colorectal cancer in Africa. Colorectal cancer – the second leading cause of cancer mortality globally – is preventable with screening and surveillance tools, and most high-income countries have well-established prevention and early detection programs. However most African countries lack structured screening colorectal cancer screening protocols and guidelines, resulting in incomplete epidemiologic data and many preventable cancer cases and deaths. This symposium will focus on understanding the magnitude of colorectal cancer epidemiology and risk factors in Africa and on opportunities for improved screening programs. In addition, speakers will present a multidisciplinary approach to management of colorectal cancer, including initial diagnosis, staging and treatment options (e.g., medical management, surgical intervention,and palliative care). The symposium will also serve as an opportunity to develop collaborations and networking amongst participants involved in the care of African patients with colorectal cancer.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses & other members of the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the trends of colorectal cancer in Africa 
  2. Summarize updates of colorectal cancer screening and surveillance in Africa 
  3. Describe the role of multidisciplinary team approach to management of colorectal cancer 
  4. Describe global and local approaches to bowel preparation in the context of colorectal cancer screening 
  5. Discuss medical and surgical management of colorectal cancer 
  6. Discuss the role of palliative care in the management of colorectal cancer  

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Massachusetts General Hospital & Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 ABIM MOC II
  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.50 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/05/2023 - 8:00am EST
Event ends: 
03/05/2023 - 3:00pm EST

8:00 AM EST (USA) / 2:00 PM WAT (Nigeria)

Welcoming Remarks
Akwi Asombang, MD, MPH & Ganiyat Oyeleke, MD

8:10 AM EST / 2:10 PM WAT

Magnitude & Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer in Africa

Akwi Asombang, MD, MPH

8:35 AM EST / 2:35 PM WAT

Bowel Preparation: Global Perspective & History

Harlan Rich, MD, FACP, AGAF

9:00 AM EST / 3:00 PM WAT

Bowel Preparation in Africa - Nigeria Experience

Emeka Ray-Offor, MD

9:25 AM EST / 3:25 PM WAT

Colorectal Cancer Screening & Surveillance in Africa: When, Who & How?

Leolin Katsidzira, MBChB, FRCP, PhD

9:50 AM EST / 3:50 PM WAT

Colorectal Cancer Screening in IBD: An African Perspective

David Epstein, MD

10:15 AM EST / 4:15 PM WAT

Improving the Yield of Diagnostic Colonoscopy - Traige of a Limited Resource

Sandie Thomson, ChM

10:40 AM EST / 4:40 PM WAT

Endoscopic Management of Colorectal Polyps: Snare vs. Forceps

Meir Mizrahi, MD

11:00 AM EST / 5:00 PM WAT

Q & A

Moderator: Pharidah Rajan Ibrahim Omar Sundi

11:20 AM EST / 5:20 PM EST


11:35 AM EST / 5:35 PM WAT

Surgical Management of Colon Cancer: An African Perspective

Abdi Hakin Mohammed, MD

12:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM WAT

Surgical Management of Rectal Cancer: There are More Ways than One to Skin a Cat!

Segun Komolafe, MD

12:25 PM EST / 6:25 PM WAT

Role of Chemotherapy Therapy in Magagement of Colorectal Cancer

Lewis Banda, MD

12:50 PM EST / 6:50 PM WAT

Approach to Prevention of Colorectal Cancer: Importance of Family History, Genetics & Other Risk Factors

Carol Burke, MD

1:15 PM EST / 7:15 PM WAT

Palliative Care in Colorectal Cancer

Christian Ntizimira, MD

1:40 PM EST / 7:40 PM WAT

The Role of MDT in CRC Treatment

Mukhtar Ahmed, MD

2:05 PM EST / 8:05 PM WAT

Q & A

Moderator: Akwi Asombang, MD, MPH

2:30 PM EST / 8:30 PM WAT

Closing Remarks

Akwi Asombang, MD, MPH & Ganiyat Oyeleke, MD

2:40 PM EST (USA) / 8:40 PM WAT (Nigeria)



Course Co-Directors

Wale Adisa, MD

Professor of Surgery at the Department of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Muktar Ahmad, MD

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Lead Clinician for Colorectal Surgery, University Hospitals Dorset, UK

Akwi W. Asombang, MD, MPH

Director, Global Health Programs for Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Lanre Balogun, MD

Surgeon, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

Segun Komolafe, MD

General & Colorectal Surgeon, University Hospital Wishaw;
Clinical Lead for Colorectal Cancer, NHS Lanarkshire

Ganiyat Oyeleke, MD

Consultant Physician, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
Coordinator, World Gastroenterology Organization - Lagos Training Center
Co-Director, Lagos Viral Hepatitis ECHO (Sub-Saharan Project ECHO)



Lewis Banda, MD

Physician, Cancer Disease Hospital, Zambia

Carol Burke, MD

Faculty Member, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition,
Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio

David Epstein, MD

South Africa

Leolin Katsidzira, MBChB, FRCP, PhD

University of Zimbabwe - College of Health Sciences
Parirenyatwa Cenral Hospital, Zimbabwe

Meir Mizrahi, MD, FASGE

Program Director, Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program, Florida Center for Gastroenterology

Abdi Hakin Mohamed, MD


Christian Ntizimira, MD

Founder/Executive Director, African Center for Research on End-of-Life Care (ACREOL)

Emeka Ray-Offor, MD

Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Ellen Leifer Shulman and Steven Shulman Digestive Disease Center Cleveland Clinic, Florida, USA
Consultant Surgeon, Colorectal & Minimal Access Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Port Harcourt Rivers State - Nigeria
Senior Lecturer, Department of Surgery Faculty of Clinical Sciences - University of Port Harcourt Choba
CEO/ Principal Consultant, Oak Endoscopy and Radiodiagnostics - Centre Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Harlan Rich, MD, FACP, AGAF

Medical Director, Endoscopy Unit;
Clinical Director, Division of Gastroenterology,
Quality Director, Gastroenterology Division
Brown Medicine;
Director, GI Clinic, Rhode Island Hospital;

Sandie Thomson, ChM, FRCS(Eng&Ed), FRCP(Ed) MBChB

University of Natal, South Africa;
Past Chair of Medical Gastroenterology in Cape Town


Pharidah Rajan Ibrahim Omar Sundi

Medical Student, Lusaka Apex Medical University - Zambia
2023 Pan-African Organization for Health, Education & Research Scholar (POHER)

In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Participant completion for MOC points will only be reported to the boards at the conclusion of the activity. 

MOC points can only be awarded if you attended the entire hour session. 

Please have your ABIM ID available when completing the survey for MOC points.

The survey is accessible through the evaluation.

Lifelong Learning MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program

Upon successful completion of this activity, if you wish to receive MOC Part 2 points you will need to enter your ABIM ID number in the pre survey section. The Mass General Brigham Office of Continuing Professional Development will verify completion of activity and report to the ABIM. Your MOC credits will be available in your board profile by the end of the calendar year. If any data provided on this form is returned by the boards as incorrect, the Office of Continuing Professional Development will contact you by email to request the correct information. Diplomates are responsible for checking their ABIM Portfolio for confirmation of MOC Part 2 points.

 MOC Recognition Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 6.50 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Available Credit

  • 6.50 ABIM MOC II
  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.50 Participation


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