our approach

IBDHorizons is a 501(c)(3) registered not-for-profit organization that was founded on a recognized need for educational opportunities in the field of IBD. Established in 2016 by three GI physicians, IBDHorizons put on its first annual conference among the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. Hosted in beautiful Downtown Seattle by the water, this 8-hour conference featured presentations by leading experts in the field of IBD. In addition, it offered 6 credit hours toward CME certification for its attendees that participated in the interactive learning experience. Attendees especially appreciated the fun dynamic among the hosts, the networking opportunity, the always free registration, and expert insight.

Seattle was home for Dr. Anita Afzali, Dr. Ghassan Wahbeh, and Dr. Scott Lee. They were set on creating broadened opportunities for educational advancement in the surrounding areas. Once Dr. Afzali relocated to Columbus, the team again recognized a need for educational IBD conferences. So in 2018, the Annual Midwest Symposium was born.

The model of IBDHorizons’ symposia has remained predominantly consistent over the years, with a few enhancements. We focus on offering high-quality presentations by reputable educators on the most relevant topics today. We boast a long list of national and international speakers such as Stephen Hanauer, Brian Feagan, Feza Remzi, and of course, our very own founders.

Our events present an excellent opportunity to advance your knowledge, network with your colleagues, and ask industry any outstanding questions that you may have. All the while earning your CE/CPE/CME credits. In our audience, you are surrounded by fellow physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, assistants, residents and fellows, pharmacists, and medical staff who are all routinely involved in IBD patient care from both academic and community settings.

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All symposia activities will be planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Anneberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and IBDHorizons. The Anneberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians

Our Techniques



20-person maximum customized and interactive roundtable dinner meetings. Format allows for didactic, case-based discussion, conducted at a convenient local venue.

Practical patient case presentations incorporating hot topics in IBD. This is an opportunity to discuss real-world cases with experts and thought leaders in the field of IBD. Requests have been made at local, regional, national, and at all large meetings such as DDW, ACG, AIBD and CCFA.

Local clubs are requesting support. Our focus is offering meetings based on true needs.



We can craft surveys and obtain information from both academic and community providers regarding concerns or questions of interest for your industry. Access high quality feedback directly from IBD experts.Reasons to run surveys. 

Uncover the answers. In a non-intimidating survey environment, you will learn about what motivates survey respondents and what is important to them, and gather meaningful opinions, comments, and feedback. A non-intimidating survey environment is one that best suits the privacy needs of the survey respondent. Respondents are more likely to provide open and honest feedback in a more private survey method.

Methods such as online surveys, paper surveys, or mobile surveys are more private and less intimidating than face-to- face survey interviews or telephone surveys. Evoke discussion. Give
your survey respondents an opportunity to discuss important key topics. Communicate with your respondents about your survey topic. This allows you to dig deeper into your survey, and can incite topics related to your survey within a broader perspective.

Base decisions on objective information. Conducting surveys is an unbiased approach to decision-making. Don’t rely on “gut feelings” to make important business decisions. You can collect unbiased survey data and develop sensible decisions based on analyzed results. By analyzing results, you can immediately address topics of importance, rather than waste time and valuable resources on areas of little or no concern.


Consulting Projects

We welcome specific consulting Projects Working in collaboration with Key Opinion Leaders in IBD to start pilot projects or research.

These can be at a Local, National or International level.



Assisting in setting up clinical trials, Phase I-IV collaborative or IIS Studies opportunity to learn how to start clinical trials or investigational research studies at your clinical site. Site recommendations, creation of CRF, protocol development, grant submission, electronic data capture EDC.

Analysis of data and creation of publications.


Trial Support

Assisting in setting up clinical trials, Phase I-IV collaborative or IIS Studies opportunity to learn how to start clinical trials or investigational research studies at your clinical site.

Site recommendations, creation of CRF, grant submission, electronic data capture. Analysis of data and creation of publications

Our Meetings

The field of IBD is constantly evolving, we are here to provide opportunities for you to keep pace with the developments while increasing your expertise in the field and your ability to deliver optimum care.


The large conferences are equipped with an Audience response system where questions can be addressed directly to the speakers and the panel with ease. 

Our smaller meetings called “The Dialogues” provide a relaxed dinner atmosphere where cases are discussed among the moderators and attendees.

Who Attends

IBDHorizons brings together doctors, surgeons, advanced practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists providing care for IBD patients from all over the country.

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