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9th Annual UCLA-Mellinkoff Gastroenterology and Hepatology Symposium

Live Virtual Learning

March 06, 2021 to March 07, 2021

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The 9th Annual UCLA-Mellinkoff Gastroenterology and Hepatology Symposium, a live, virtual CME activity, is designed to offer healthcare professionals novel and integrative approaches to treat common GI disorders that can easily be implemented into practice and have significant impact on patient outcomes. Interactive, lively case-based presentations by experts in their field will engage attendees and enhance this learning experience.

Target Audience

Gastroenterologists, GI endoscopists, hepatologists, GI physician assistants, GI nurse practitioners, GI nurses, GI fellows and other allied healthcare professionals.

Enrollment

To enroll click here.

* Fellows, residents and trainees are welcome at no charge. Please complete the registration form here and email the form to TrishaJames@mednet.ucla.edu.

*Note: To ensure course material is received before the course begins, early registration is advised. Online registration will close at midnight on Thursday, March 4th.

Enrollment after online registration has closed: Please call (310) 794 – 2620 between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) by Friday, March 5th and leave a voicemail with your name, callback number, and the course you’d like to attend. Our staff will return your call during business hours.

Enrollment on the day(s) of the course: Registration will only be accepted between 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time). Please leave a voicemail with your name, callback number, and the course you’d like to attend. An assistant will return your call during that timeframe to enroll you in the course.

Course Fees

  • $250 - Physicians
  • $200 - Past UCLA GI fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, retired physicians and other non-physician healthcare professionals
  • $0 - Fellows, residents and trainees *
    * Fellows, residents and trainees are welcome at no charge. Please complete the registration form here and email the form to TrishaJames@mednet.ucla.edu.

Refunds

Cancellations must be received in writing by Monday, February 15, 2021 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course is canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.

Course Faculty

Course Directors
Director
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS
Medical Director of Endoscopy, UCLA Health
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Disease
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Co-Director
Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH
Chief, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
Director, Melvin and Bren Simon Digestive Diseases Center
Lincy Foundation Chair in Clinical Gastroenterology
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Invited Faculty
Marla Dubinsky, MD
Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Co-Director, Susan and Leonard Feinstein IBD Clinical Center
Icahn School of Medicine
Mount Sinai, New York

Rachel Issaka, MD, MAS
Assistant Professor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Division
Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

William J. Sandborn, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
Director, UCSD IBD Center
UC San Diego Health System

UCLA Faculty
Jihane N. Benhammou, MD, PhD *†
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Lin Chang, MD *†
Vice Chief, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
Program Director, GI Fellowship Program
Co-Director, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience
Professor of Medicine

Gina Choi, MD *†
Associate Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
Health Sciences Assistant Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Pfleger Liver Institute
Dumont-UCLA Liver Transplant Center

Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD *†
Medical Director, UCLA Robert G. Kardashian Center for Esophageal Health
Director, GI Motility Program
Health Sciences Professor of Medicine

Mohamed El Kabany, MD *†
Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Hepatology
Pfleger Liver Institute

Wael N. El-Nachef, MD, PhD *†
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Christina T. Gentile, PsyD, MA, ABPP *†
Clinical Health Psychologist

Kevin Ghassemi, MD *†
Associate Director of Clinical Programs
UCLA Robert G. Kardashian Center for Esophageal Health
Clinical Chief, Westwood & Beverly Hills, Melvin
and Bren Simon Digestive Diseases Center
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Steven-Huy Han, MD, AGAF, FAASLD *†
Director, Hepatology Clinical Research Center
Program Director, Advanced Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
Assistant Director, UCLA Asian Liver Center
Pfleger Liver Institute
Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation

Danny Issa, MD *†
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Nancee Jaffe, MS, RDN *†
Lead GI Dietitian

Stephen Kim, MD *†
Director, Faculty Career Development in Advanced Endoscopy
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Berkeley Limketkai, MD, PhD *†
Director of Clinical Research
UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Lisa D. Lin, MD, MS *†
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Instructor of Medicine

Natalie Manitius, MPH, RDN *†
Registered Dietitian

Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil *†
Director, Melvin & Bren Simon GI Quality Improvement Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity

Emeran A. Mayer, MD *†
Director, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience
Co-Director, CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center
Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry

Carl Nordstrom, MD *†
Associate Director, UCLA GI Fellowship Program
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Sammy Saab, MD, MPH *†
Medical Director, Pfleger Liver Institute
Medical Director, Adult Liver Transplant Program
Chief, Transplant Hepatology
Head, Outcomes Research in Hepatology
Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Adjunct Professor of Nursing

Jenny Sauk, MD *†
Director of Clinical Care
UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Alireza Sedarat, MD *†
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Suzanne Smith, MSN, NP, CMT-P *†
Integrative Health Practitioner

Adarsh M. Thaker, MD *†
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Kirsten Tillisch, MD *†
Chief of Integrative Medicine
Greater Los Angeles VA
G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience
Health Sciences Professor of Medicine

Priyam V. Tripathi, MD, MPH *†
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Beshoy T. Yanny, MD *†
Program Leader of Hepatology
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine


* Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
† David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

 


 

Non-CME Virtual Exhibit Hall and Industry Theatres ǂ

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit virtual commercial exhibits and industry supported educational sessions prior to the start of the CME program and during breaks. This portion of the program is not accredited for CME credit.

 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

7:00 am (PST) Non-CME - Virtual Exhibit Hall ǂ
7:50 am Welcoming Remarks
Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH, UCLA
7:55 am Course Overview
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, UCLA
CME – Management of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Moderator: Jenny Sauk, MD, UCLA
8:00 am 2020-2021 Crohn’s Disease Update
Marla Dubinsky, MD, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai
8:25 am 2020-2021 Ulcerative Colitis Update
William J. Sandborn, MD, UC San Diego
8:50 am Rapid Fire Case-Based Discussions
  • How do you use therapeutic drug monitoring in your practice?
  • When do you consider medical vs. surgical management?
  • What factors are you considering when determining therapeutic regimen?
Panel Members: Marla Dubinsky, MD, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, Berkeley Limketkai, MD, PhD, UCLA, Jenny Sauk, MD, UCLA, William J. Sandborn, MD, UC San Diego
9:45 am Q & A
10:00 am Non-CME - Virtual Exhibit Hall ǂ
CME – Updates in Colorectal Cancer Screening
Moderator: Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil, UCLA
10:15 am Welcome and Introductions
Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil, UCLA
10:20 am Early Onset Colorectal Cancer
Rachel Issaka, MD, MAS, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
10:30 am New Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines
Carl Nordstrom, MD, UCLA
10:40 am Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer
Rachel Issaka, MD, MAS, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
10:50 am Optimizing Quality of Screening Colonoscopy
Priyam V. Tripathi, MD, MPH, UCLA
11:00 am Q & A
11:45 am Non-CME - Lunch, Industry Theatre, Virtual Exhibit Hall ǂ
CME – Interventional Endoscopy
Moderator: Stephen Kim, MD, UCLA
12:30 pm Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) – Do We Finally Have an Effective Endoscopic Anti-Reflux Procedure?
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, UCLA
12:45 pm Introduction to Endo-Hepatology: Closer Than Ever
Adarsh M. Thaker, MD, UCLA
1:00 pm Endoscopic Innovations for Weight Loss – Current and Emerging Techniques
Danny Issa, MD, UCLA
1:15 pm ESD and Novel Advanced Endoscopic Resection Techniques
Alireza Sedarat, MD, UCLA
1:30 pm Q & A
1:45 pm Non-CME – Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall ǂ
CME – When the GI Motor Backfires
Moderator: Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD, UCLA
2:00 pm Welcome and Introductions
Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD, UCLA
2:05 pm Case Study: Haiku for the Pylorus
Alireza Sedarat, MD, UCLA
2:25 pm Case Study: When Scleroderma Gets Hard to Stomach
Lisa D. Lin, MD, MS, UCLA
2:45 pm Case Study: Shaking Palsy of the Gut?
Wael El-Nachef, MD, PhD, UCLA
3:05 pm Case Study: A Civilized Debate on Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
Kevin Ghassemi, MD, UCLA, and Nancee Jaffe, MS, RDN, UCLA
3:30 pm Adjourn

Sunday, March 7, 2021

7:00 am (PST) Non-CME – Industry Theatre, Virtual Exhibit Hall ǂ
7:55 am Welcoming Remarks
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, UCLA
CME – IBS and Other Disorders of the Gut-Brain Interaction
Moderator: Lin Chang, MD, UCLA
Panel Members: Christina T. Gentile, PsyD, MA, ABPP, UCLA, Emeran A. Mayer, MD, UCLA, Natalie Manitius, MPH, RDN, UCLA, Suzanne Smith, MSN, NP, CMT-P, UCLA, Kirsten Tillisch, MD, UCLA
8:00 am Introduction
Lin Chang, MD, UCLA
8:05 am Case Study: Patient with Chronic Nausea and Dyspepsia: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • How do you diagnose functional dyspepsia with delayed gastric emptying vs gastroparesis?
  • What approaches do you find are effective in these patients?
8:20 am Lecture: FODMAP and Beyond
Natalie Manitius, MPH, RDN, UCLA

Case Study: IBS Patient Who Seeks Dietary Treatment
  • What is the approach to managing symptoms in a patient who eliminates multiple foods without good evidence of a consistent food trigger?
  • How should we manage patients who have been on a low FODMAP for an extended period of time and have symptom recurrence with reintroduction?
8:40 am Lecture: Microbiome and Gut Health
Emeran A. Mayer, MD, UCLA

Panel:
  • What is the value of stool microbiome testing in IBS?
  • What are the microbiome targeted treatments you use for IBS or other DGBI?
  • How do you explain that a restrictive diet and/or multiple antibiotic courses for SIBO is not healthy for the gut microbiome and digestive health?
9:10 am Lecture: An Integrated GI Management Approach
Christina T. Gentile, PsyD, MA, ABPP, UCLA, Suzanne Smith, MSN, NP, CMT-P, UCLA, Kirsten Tillisch, MD, UCLA

Case Study: Patient with Chronic Abdominal Pain with Comorbidities
  • How does your treatment change in a patient with GI symptoms and significant comorbidities?
  • How do you respond to a patient who believes symptoms are due to a structural cause?
  • How do you help patient understand realistic expectations and accept their chronic illness?
10:00 am Non-CME – Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall ǂ
CME – Liver Disorders
Moderator: Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, UCLA
Panel Members: Jihane M. Benhammou, MD, PhD, UCLA, Gina Choi, MD, UCLA, Mohamed El-Kabany, MD, UCLA, Steven-Huy Han, MD, UCLA, Beshoy T. Yanny, MD, UCLA
10:15 am Introduction
Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, UCLA
10:30 am Case Study: Treatment of Acute HBV and HCV
Steven-Huy Han, MD, UCLA
11:00 am Case Study: Suspected Autoimmune Hepatitis
Gina Choi, MD, UCLA
11:30 am Case Study: Diagnosis and Current Management of NASH
Jihane N. Benhammou, MD, PhD, UCLA
12:00 pm Case Study: Management of Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis
Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, UCLA
12:30 pm Conclusion
Mohamed El Kabany, MD, UCLA

 

Following the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Apply the latest pharmacological and alternative therapy management approaches to treat functional GI disorders
  • Discuss diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal motility disorders
  • Discuss the updated recommendation guidelines and quality indicators for colorectal cancer screening
  • Explain the current landscape and treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Apply the best evidence-based approaches when diagnosing and treating a broad range of liver disease
  • Incorporate the most current technologies to endoscopically manage patients with gastrointestinal disorders

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.

ABIM MOC

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 9.5 Medical Knowledge and Practice Assessment MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for this activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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