Course Information

10th Annual UCLA-Mellinkoff GI and Hepatology Symposium

Live In-Person & Live Virtual Learning
The Beverly Hilton
Beverly Hills, California

March 04, 2022 to March 05, 2022

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The 10th Annual UCLA-Mellinkoff Gastroenterology and Hepatology Symposium 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. In addition, a video forum presented by endoscopists will show case complex cases and new technology. Interactive, lively case-based presentations and debates by experts in their field will engage attendees and enhance this learning experience.

Target Audience

Gastroenterologists, GI endoscopists, hepatologists, GI and hepatology physician assistants, GI and hepatology nurse practitioners, GI and hepatology nurses and gastroenterology fellows.

Course Fees

In-Person

  • $400 - MD, DO ($350 - Past UCLA GI Fellows)
  • $300 - Other Healthcare Professions
  • $0 - Fellows, Trainees (enrollment instructions below)

Virtual

  • $200 - MD, DO
  • $200 - Other Healthcare Professions
  • $0 - Fellows, Trainees (enrollment instructions below)

Enroll Online

MD, DO and Other Healthcare Professions

Click here to register

Fellows and Trainees

Step 1: Download and complete the registration form here.
Step 2: Email the completed form to Trisha James at trishajames@mednet.ucla.edu.

Enrollment Deadlines

To ensure course material is received before the course begins, early registration is advised. Online registration will close at 11:59 PM on Wednesday,  March 2nd.

Enrollment after online registration has closed: Please call (310) 794 – 2620 between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) by Thursday, March 3rd .

Enrollment on the day(s) of the course: Registration will only be accepted between 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time) for virtual attendees. For in-person attendees, please enroll onsite.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Mellinkoff 2022
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Call (310) 794-2620

Refunds

Cancellations must be received in writing by Tuesday, February 22, 2022 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.

Those who choose the in-person option can also access the virtual platform. If the attendee decides to change from in-person to virtual only, this must be received in writing by February 22, 2022 in order to receive a refund for the difference. We do not offer single day rates.

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
Darren M. Brenner, MD, FACG, AGAF, RFF
Director, Northwestern Neurogastromotility and Interdisciplinary Bowel Dysfunction Programs
Director, Motts Tonelli GI Physiology Laboratory
Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Irene D. Pritzker Foundation Research Scholar
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Russell D. Cohen, MD, FACG, AGAF
Medical Director, Offsite Operations, Section of Gastroenterology
Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Co-Director, Advanced IBD Fellowship Program
Professor of Medicine, Pritzker School of Medicine
The University of Chicago Medicine

Nipaporn Pichetshote, MD
Gastroenterologist
Joining UCLA February 2022

Amrita Sethi, MD, MASGE, NYSGEF
Director of Interventional Endoscopy
Program Director, Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases
Columbia University Irving Medical Center-NYP

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

David C. Chen, MD†
Associate Director, Surgical Education
Clinical Director, Lichtenstein Amid Hernia Clinic
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, Department of Surgery & Department of Palliative Care

Dinesh K. Chhetri, MD†
Vice-Chair, Department of Head and Neck Surgery
Director, UCLA Swallowing Disorders Program
Professor of Head and Neck Surgery

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

Ashwinee S. Condon, MD*†
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor of Medicine

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

Tien S. Dong, MD, PhD*†
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

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

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

Craig Gluckman, MD* †
Health Sciences Assistant 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

O. Joe Hines, MD, FACS †
Interim Chair, UCLA Department of Surgery
Professor of Surgery

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

Mary R. Kwaan, MD, MPH †
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery

Adrienne L. Lenhart, MD *†
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor 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

Arpan A. Patel, MD, PhD*†
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

Janelle Smith, MS, RDN, CEDRD*†
Registered Dietitian

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

Adarsh M. Thaker, MD *†
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 ǂ

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

 

Friday, March 4, 2022

7:00 am (PST) Non-CME - Virtual and In-Person 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 – Functional GI, Disorders of the Gut-Brain Interaction
Moderator: Lin Chang, MD, UCLA
8:00 am Introduction
Lin Chang, MD, UCLA
8:05 am Case Study and Panel: IBS and Disordered Eating: GI and Dietitian Perspectives
Adrienne Lenhart, MD, UCLA, Janelle Smith, MS, RDN, CEDRD, UCLA
8:45 am Lecture and Panel: Update on Chronic Constipation and IBS-C
Darren M. Brenner, MD, Northwestern University
9:20 am Lecture and Panel: Nausea and Vomiting: CVS and CHS
Lin Chang, MD, UCLA
9:50 am Clinical pearls and panel: Functional dyspepsia and gastroparesis
Lisa D. Lin, MD, MS, UCLA
Additional panel member: Suzanne R. Smith, MSN, NP, CMT-P, UCLA
10:20 am Non-CME - Break, Virtual and In-Person Exhibit Hall ǂ
CME - Pancreaticobiliary
Moderator: Stephen Kim, MD, UCLA
10:40 am Welcome and Introductions
Stephen Kim, MD, UCLA
10:45 am Management of the Incidental Pancreas Cyst
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, UCLA
11:00 am Dos and Don’ts in the Endoscopic Management of Peripancreatic Fluid Collections
Alireza Sedarat, MD, UCLA
11:15 am EUS-Guided Ablation of the Pancreas
Danny Issa, MD, UCLA
11:30 am EUS-Guided Biliary Drainage
Amrita Sethi, MD, Columbia University
11:45 am Q & A
12:00 pm Non-CME – Lunch, Virtual and In-Person Exhibit Hall ǂ
CME – Liver Disorders
Moderator: Mohamed El Kabany, MD, UCLA
1:00 pm Treating Refractory Autoimmune Hepatitis
Steven-Huy B. Han, MD, UCLA
1:20 pm Evolution of Abnormal Liver Tests in Patients with COVID-19 Infection
Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, UCLA
1:40 pm Managing Patients with Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis
Beshoy T. Yanny, MD, UCLA
2:00 pm Making a diagnosis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
Jihane N. Benhammou, MD, PhD, UCLA
2:20 pm Approach to Drug Induced Liver Injury and Cell Mediated Hepatitis
Gina Choi, MD, UCLA
2:40 pm Q&A
3:00 pm Non-CME – Break, Virtual and In-Person Exhibit Hall ǂ
CME – Endoscopy Video Forum: From Current Practices to Future Therapies
Moderator: Adarsh M. Thaker, MD, UCLA
3:20 pm Welcome and Introductions
Adarsh M. Thaker, MD, UCLA
3:25 pm TBD
Panel: Ashwinee S. Condon, MD, UCLA, Danny Issa, MD, UCLA, Stephen Kim, MD, UCLA, V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, Alireza Sedarat, MD, UCLA, Amrita Sethi, MD, Columbia University
4:30 pm Adjourn
4:30 pm Non-CME- Hands-On Workshop
5:30 pm Adjourn

Saturday, March 5, 2022

7:00 am (PST) Non-CME – Virtual and In-Person Exhibit Hall ǂ
7:55 am Welcoming Remarks
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, UCLA
CME – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Moderator: Jenny Sauk, MD, UCLA
8:00 am Introduction
Jenny Sauk, MD, UCLA
8:05 am A Practical Guide to Treat to Target in IBD
Russel D. Cohen, MD, University of Chicago
8:20 am Interactive Case-Based Discussions in Crohn’s Disease
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Positioning of IBD therapeutics
  • Medical vs surgical management of IBD
Panel: Russell D. Cohen, MD, University of Chicago, Mary R. Kwaan, MD, MPH, UCLA, Berkeley Limketkai, MD, PhD, UCLA, Miguel Regueiro, MD, Cleveland Clinic
9:10 am What’s New in Postoperative Management of Crohn’s Disease
Miguel Regueiro, MD, Cleveland Clinic
9:25 am Case Wrap-Up and Q&A
9:40 am Non-CME – Break, Virtual and In-Person Exhibit Hall ǂ
9:55 am Interactive Case-Based Discussions in Ulcerative Colitis
  • Treatment decisions after failure of first agent
  • Novel therapeutic options in ulcerative colitis and when to consider
  • Pouch challenges
Panel: Russell D. Cohen, MD, University of Chicago, Mary R. Kwaan, MD, MPH, UCLA, Berkeley Limketkai, MD, PhD, UCLA, Miguel Regueiro, MD, Cleveland Clinic
10:50 am Medical Home Model of IBD
Miguel Regueiro, MD, Cleveland Clinic
11:05 am Case wrap-up and Q&A
CME – Great Debates
Moderator: V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, UCLA
11:20 am Combination Therapy vs. Optimized Monotherapy in IBD
Russell D. Cohen, MD, University of Chicago, Miguel Regueiro, MD, Cleveland Clinic
11:35 am Should a Breath Test Be Ordered Prior to Using Rifaximin for IBS-D?
Darren M. Brenner, MD, Northwestern University, Lin Chang, MD, UCLA
11:50 am Is POEM More Effective Than Pneumatic Dilation and Heller Myotomy?
O. Joe Hines, MD, UCLA, Alireza Sedarat, MD, UCLA
12:05 pm Esophageal Variceal Band Ligation vs Beta Blockers: Which is the Better Choice?
Arpan A. Patel, MD, PhD, UCLA, Tien S. Dong, MD, PhD, UCLA
12:20 pm Non-CME – Lunch, Virtual and In-Person Exhibit Hall ǂ
CME – Hot Topics
Moderator: V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, UCLA
1:20 pm Novel Interventional Treatments for Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
Adarsh M. Thaker, MD, UCLA
1:40 pm COVID-19 and the GI Tract
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, UCLA
2:00 pm Advancing Women in Endoscopy: The Path Thus Far and the Road Ahead
Amrita Sethi, MD, Columbia University
2:20 pm Q&A
2:30 pm Non-CME - Break, Virtual and In-Person Exhibit Hall ǂ
CME – Esophageal Disorders
Moderator: Kevin Ghassemi, MD, UCLA
2:45 pm Lecture: PPI: Good, Bad or Ugly
Craig Gluckman, MD, UCLA
3:00 pm Lecture: What Do You Do With Heartburn That Doesn’t Respond to PPI?
Nipaporn Pichetshote, MD
3:15 pm Discussion: Fundoplication, LINX, TIF: Which Should I Get?
David C. Chen, MD, UCLA, and Adarsh M. Thaker, MD, UCLA
3:40 pm Discussion: Globus: An ENT or GI Disease? How Should We Work It Up and Treat?
Dinesh K. Chhetri, MD, UCLA, Jeffrey L. Conklin, MD, UCLA
3:55 pm Q&A and Panel
Additional panel member: Nancee Jaffe, MS, RDN, UCLA
4:30 pm Adjourn

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

  • Optimize the latest pharmacological and dietary management approaches to treat functional GI disorders
  • Apply the best evidence-based approaches when diagnosing and treating a broad range of liver disorders
  • Demonstrate a structured approach for the evaluation of patients with esophageal disorders
  • Discuss current approaches in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Discuss advanced therapeutic endoscopy options to treat patients with gastrointestinal disorders

CME Credits

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 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing CEUs/Contact Hours

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.

Nursing participants, who attend both days in full, will be awarded 14 CMEs. Partial credit is not available. For more information, please visit the California BRN Website or contact Kathleen Feldman, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, at KFeldman@mednet.ucla.edu.

ABIM MOC

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14 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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Location

The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, California 90210

The Beverly Hilton is a Forbes four-star hotel known for it’s great location, elegant accommodations and star-studded events. Learn more at www.beverlyhilton.com.

Overnight Accommodations

Overnight accommodations We urge you to make reservations early. A limited block of rooms, at a special rates of $299-$329 + tax has been reserved. The rates will be honored three days pre-and post-meeting based on group room availability. Internet access is complimentary to overnight guests.

To receive this rate, you must make your reservation before the room block is filled and by the expiration date of February 17, 2022. Attendees are responsible for their own reservations. The standard hotel reservation cancellation policy will apply to the individual reservations, unless otherwise specified.

To reserve a room, call 800-HILTONS and ask for group code: UCLA03. Or make a reservation online at https://book.passkey.com/go/UCLAMellinkoff.

Conference Parking

  • Daily Self parking $18
  • Daily Valet parking $25
  • Overnight Self parking $45
  • Overnight Valet parking $45