Satisfai was pleased to have our CEO, Dr. Michael Byrne, present at Endoscopy on Air in a session on “AI, Advanced Imaging, and Digital Pathology”.

Satisfai thanks Endoscopy on Air for making this informative session possible. 


Date: February 8, 2022 – Virtual

Satisfai was pleased to have Dr. Michael Byrne presenting at the World Investors & Entrepreneurs Summit (WISE) 2022 hosted virtually and in person in San Francisco, California.   

By all accounts, the summit was a resounding success and Satisfai thanks Dr. Prasun Mishra for providing us with this excellent opportunity to share our story.  WISE really supported their aim to be come the world’s biggest gathering of investors and entrepreneurs.

WISE 2022 brought together a global ecosystem of investors (angels, family offices, venture capital, private equity) and successful entrepreneurs to create new opportunities, partnerships, collaboration, acquisition, and investment.

Date: January 8 – 13, 2022 – San Francisco, CA

Satisfai was pleased to have Dr. Michael Byrne join the international faculty for this event held by the endo-update organizers in collaboration with the ESGE.  

Satisfai thanks all for this opportunity. 



Date: November 25 – 27

Satisfai is pleased to announce that the much awaited CAG/Medtronic accredited program on “Implementing AI into your Institution” was a success.  

The event featured national and international speakers including: Dr. Michael Byrne, Dr. Daniel von Renteln, Dr. Tyler Berzin, Dr. Alan Barkun, Dr. Charles Ménard, Dr. Sravanthi Parasa, & Dr. Jeremy Glissen Brown.

Date: November 18, 7 pm EST

Satisfai was pleased to have Dr. Michael Byrne presenting at the “Canada Future Directions in IBD” conference where he spoke on the role of technology (AI in particular) in clinical research and practice in Crohn’s and Colitis. 

Thanks to Crohn’s & Colitis Canada for making this event the definitive educational event of the year in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 

Date: November 6, 2021

Satisfai Health was pleased to have 2 abstracts accepted by UEGW for presentation as posters during this years event 1) AI automated workflow for improving detection and scoring of ulcerative colitis disease activity under multiple scoring systems and 2) Practical deep learning tool for scoring of ulcerative colitis disease activity in central reading. 

Date: October 3 – 5

Dr. Michael Byrne was pleased to be one of the four international faculty in this masterclass which reviewed current practices and applications of AI in GI endoscopy, including colorectal polyp detection, polyp characterization (adenomatous versus nonadenomatous) and prediction of invasive cancer within a polyp lesion.   

Date: June 19, 2021

This SIG in AI is created to facilitate education to the CAG membership about AI technologies and potential applications in the future. This SIG takes an active role in creating educational events for the membership. The first event was a webinar to the membership to introduce AI, discuss its current applications, and give a perspective for the future. Dr. Michael Byrne, a Canadian expert in this area, helped  organize the webinar, along with 1-2 international experts to deliver the program. Each expert spoke on an area in AI and the program concluded with a Q&A session with the panel.

Date: June 17, 2021

Dr. Michael Byrne’s abstract, Practical Deep Learning Tool for Scoring of Ulcerative Colitis Disease Activity in Central Reading was selected for poster presentation during Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2021.   In addition, the Abstract, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Endoscopy – Deep Learning for Scoring of Ulcerative Colitis Disease Activity Under Multiple Scoring Systems was delivered as an oral presentation during the event.  

Date: May 21 – 23, 2021

Satisfai Health is pleased to participate in this series focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship in AI. The GI Innovator Series is an on demand module featuring expert discussions on the latest in innovations in gastroenterology. This self-paced module includes interviews from technology professionals on how advancements in industry are impacting patient care. Learn how cutting edge developments in digital health, artificial intelligence, and entrepreneurship are shaping practice, and how you can get involved in what’s next.

Date: May 6, 2021 – May 31, 2022


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Dr. Reno Panaccione

Director of IBD

Dr. Panaccione is currently a Professor of Medicine, the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic at the University of Calgary and Director of Gastroenterology Research.

Dr. Panaccione graduated from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) with a degree in Medicine in 1993. He went on to complete his Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at the University of Western Ontario and is certified as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Panaccione completed advanced training in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He joined the faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in 1999. He is an internationally recognized expert in inflammatory bowel disease. He has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics in inflammatory bowel disease and has delivered over 200 lectures in the last five years.

He is the author of many peer-reviewed articles (~250) and book chapters (25) on inflammatory bowel disease. His special interest lies in the fields of advanced therapies, biological therapy, and delivery of care through the implementation of clinical trials. He is a recognized authority on the use of biologics and has co-authored numerous guidelines on the management of inflammatory bowel disease for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. He actively participates in clinical trials of new therapeutic agents in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. He has published in and reviews for prestigious journals including NEJM, Lancet, Gastroenterology and Gut. He sits on the editorial board of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, JCC, APT, and the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology.

He is presently the medical director for the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC) Calgary Chapter and sits on the Medical Advisory council for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. He is the national chair of the CCC scholarship program. He has been awarded the highest honour, the Finkelstein award by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada for his work in the field of IBD. He is also an elected member of the International Organization of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD) reflecting his status in the area. He was awarded the CAG Visiting Professor Award in 2016 for his contribution o the field of Gastroenterology in Canada. He is ranked amongst the top ten experts in the field worldwide ( He presently holds a senior leadership position within Alberta Health Services as the Medical Lead for Systems Integration with the mandate of improving the efficiency and quality of care that is delivered to patients.

Dr. Douglas Rex

Director of Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Douglas K. Rex is Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, Chancellor’s Professor at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and Director of Endoscopy at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis. He graduated from Harvard College, Summa Cum Laude in 1976 and with highest distinction from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1980. He served as Chief Medical Resident at Indiana University Hospital and joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1985. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award in the Introduction to Medicine course five times and has been awarded the Indiana University School of Medicine Outstanding Teacher Award as well as Department of Medicine’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He is a full-time clinical gastroenterologist at Indiana University Hospital.

His major research interests have been in colorectal disease and, in particular, colorectal cancer screening and the technical performance of colonoscopy. He co-authored the colorectal cancer screening recommendations of the American College of Gastroenterology and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. He also authored the recommendations on quality in colonoscopy of the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer and the American College of Gastroenterology/American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has authored more than 200 original research papers, 55 book chapters, 200 invited papers, 40 editorials, and 40 guideline papers. He is an Associate Editor of Journal Watch Gastroenterology and serves on the editorial boards of 11 gastroenterology journals.

He is the current chair of the U.S. Multi-Society (ACG, ASGE, AGA, ACP-ASIM) Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. He has also served in the American College of Gastroenterology as Chairman of the Board of Governors and is a Past President of the ACG. He is a member of the Governing Board of ASGE and a recipient of the Rudolph V. Schindler Award from ASGE.

Dr. Michael Byrne

CEO & Founder

Dr. Michael Byrne provides senior leadership and clinical expertise to Satisfai Health and is a clinical innovator with over 20 years experience as a practicing physician. He is the founder of both Satisfai Health and its ai4gi joint venture. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at Vancouver General Hospital and UBC. He is also director of the Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship at VGH, and is the former Director of Endoscopy at VGH/UBC.

He has worked in the medical device space for several years. Prior to his role with Satisfai Health and his participation in the ai4gi project, he has worked with the Biotechnology Industry in several areas including colon cancer genetic testing, and novel applications of Photodynamic therapy for Gastrointestinal disease.

He is a graduate of Cambridge and Liverpool Universities. He has a strong research background in both basic science and clinical medicine with hands-on training in molecular sciene and pharmacology. He received an MD by thesis from the University of Cambridge for his work on Helicobacter Pylori and Cyclooxygenase. He also has a long track record of clinical research. Dr. Byrne has published extensively with over 90 peer reviewed publications and over 100 abstract presentations at National and International Meetings.

After several years working in the UK and Ireland, Dr. Byrne completed an Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship as well as working as an attending physician at Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina. He moved to his current role in Vancouver in 2003.

His main clinical interests are in the field of ERCP, interventional endoscopy, optical biopsy, colon cancer, pancreaticobiliary disease, and IBD.