6th Annual Pacific Northwest IBDHorizons Symposium
IBDHorizons Goes Virtual
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Presenting the 6th Pacific Northwest IBDH CME-accredited Symposium, now from the comfort of your own home.
This is a one-day virtual event to provide Continued Medical Education credit in underserved areas of IBD expertise. Where providers gather to discuss best practices in IBD management with a series of focused presentations, panel discussions, and case studies with dynamic attendee participation.
This event is free for attendees and meals will be provided through local delivery services for Breakfast, Lunch, and snacks.
Provided jointly by IBDHorizons and the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. This accredited education activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, and Pfizer, Inc.
Approach to Management of Strictures: Resection, Stricturoplasty, Endoscopic or Medical Therapy?
Interpreting Negative Results from IBD Trials: What do they really mean?
Combining Current Therapies for Refractory CD: Ready for prime time?
Non-Invasive Disease Markers: Utility and Interpretation
Managing IBD Through a Pandemic: What lessons we learned through COVID-19
Decoding Arthropathy in IBD
The Crossover Between IBD and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Telemedicine in IBD: Successes and Pitfalls
After completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Describe the clinical presentation of Crohn’s disease patients with strictures and discuss the best management for strictures including surgical intervention, endoscopic management, and medical treatments.
- Appraise and interpret the negative results of a clinical trial where the primary clinical trial endpoint was not met, therefore FDA approval was not granted, and describe the implication these results have on clinical practice.
- Recognize the limitations of the available therapies to secure remission for the majority of IBD patients and analyze the current knowledge on combining different biologic and small molecule therapies regarding efficacy and risks in those patients not in remission.
- Identify available non-invasive testing to evaluate for disease activity in IBD and interpret these studies relative to other objective markers of disease such as endoscopy.
- Assess our current knowledge regarding COVID-19 and its implications on managing IBD patients during the current pandemic, including risk stratification for severe disease, risk of continuing or stopping IBD medications, and upcoming practice guidelines.
- Identify arthropathies associated with IBD and discern the etiology of the arthropathy which may be due to IBD, current medication, or other causes.
- Recognize the overlap between IBD and IBS and learn to approach active symptoms in a patient with IBD to better differentiate IBD from IBS and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
- Appraise the available telemedicine models of health care delivery with their advantages and limitations and apply this knowledge to enhance IBD patient care access and outcomes.
The target audience is healthcare providers caring for IBD patients, both adult and pediatric, including gastroenterologists, surgeons, gastroenterology nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists.
This activity 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 Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and IBDHorizons. The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Morning Session: Wahbeh Moderating
- 8:00AM - 8:15AM
- Welcome & Introduction
- 8:15AM - 9:00AM
- Approach to Management of Strictures: Resection, Stricturoplasty, Endoscopic or Medical Therapy?
- 9:00AM - 9:45AM
- Interpreting Negative Results from IBD Trials: What Do They Really Mean?
- 9:45AM - 10:15AM
- 10:15AM - 11:00AM
- Combining Current Therapies for Refractory CD: Ready for Prime Time?
Speakers:Scott D. Lee
- 11:00AM - 11:45AM
- Telemedicine in IBD: Successes and Pitfalls
- 11:45AM - 12:30PM
Afternoon Session: Lee Moderating
- 12:30PM - 1:15PM
- Non-Invasive Disease Markers: Utility and Interpretation
- 1:15PM - 2:00PM
- Decoding Arthropathy in IBD
- 2:00PM - 2:45PM
- The Crossover Between IBD & Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- 2:45PM - 3:00PM
- Managing IBD Through a Pandemic: What Lessons We Learned Through COVID-19
- 3:00PM - 3:30PM
- Take Home Message Review
Speakers:Scott D. Lee
Anita AfzaliMD, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Gastroenterologist
Dr. Anita Afzali is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and a Gastroenterologist that specializes in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is the Director of Operations for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, as well as the Medical Director of the OSU Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. She holds the Abercrombie & Fitch Endowed Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She received her medical degree and then completed Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. While in fellowship, Dr. Afzali worked in outcomes research and epidemiology, and also graduated with a Master’s in Public Health. Her sub-specialty training includes a one-year advanced IBD fellowship at the University of Washington, prior to becoming faculty. While practicing at the University of Washington – Harborview Medical Center, Dr. Afzali served as the Director of the IBD Program and Associate Medical Director of Gastroenterology Clinics. Her research interests include clinical outcomes and association of bowel and joint disease, influence of the metabolic syndrome and impact of race/ethnicity in IBD, as well as pharmacoeconomics, pediatric-to-adult transition, and women of childbearing age with IBD. She is also extensively involved in IBD clinical trials for investigational therapies. She has extensive peer-reviewed publications, an invited lecturer on national and international programs, and serves on several international advisory boards and committees including Co-Chair of the Crohn’s & Colitis National Professional Education Committee and Member of the ACG Minority Affairs and Cultural Diversity committee.
Brian BresslerMD, Clinical Associate Professor, St. Paul’s Hospital
Dr. Bressler is the Director of the Advanced IBD training program at UBC. Dr. Bressler received his MD from the University of British Columbia and completed his residency in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. He received an MS in Epidemiology from the Harvard Public School of Health and completed an advanced fellowship in IBD at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bressler is a recognized expert in inflammatory bowel disease. His research interests include population-based studies, classic clinical epidemiology studies, and clinical trials in inflammatory bowel disease.
Brian G. Feagan completed a medical degree at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. His postdoctoral training included residency in the Department of Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Western Ontario. A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Feagan holds membership in the Canadian and American Association of Gastroenterology, the American College of Gastroenterology, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC) and the European Crohn’s & Colitis Organization (ECCO). He is the recipient of the 2013 Senior Achievement Award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and Dean’s Award of Excellence in 2013 from the University of Western Ontario. He has authored over 200 articles, book chapters and has also given over 900 invited presentations, at national and international scientific meetings. In 1997, Dr. Feagan became Director of Robarts Clinical Trials at the Robarts Research Institute, University of Western Ontario. His research efforts focus on the design and implementation of randomized controlled trials of therapy for inflammatory bowel disease. He has been the principal investigator on numerous large-scale randomized clinical trials.
Christina HaMD, Gastroenterologist
Dr. Christina Ha is a gastroenterologist in Los Angeles, CA. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and has been in practice 14 years.
Feza RemziMD, Colorectal Surgeon at NYU Langone
As a colorectal surgeon at NYU Langone, I am an expert in the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. I perform pelvic pouch surgery and complex abdominopelvic reoperative surgery, as well as sphincter-saving surgery for rectal cancer, applying minimally invasive techniques to manage colorectal conditions. I serve as the director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and am one of the few colorectal surgeons in the world who is specialized in caring for people who are experiencing problems with prior pelvic pouch, or J-pouch, procedures. I’ve been humbled and privileged to be able to help my patients for more than 20 years. I treat my patients the way I would treat my own family. I take a team approach to care, so we bring together medical, surgical, and nursing professionals who devote 100 percent of their efforts to giving patients a better chance at life. Many of the people I treat are experiencing complex problems that impact not only their own quality of life, but also that of their families. Therefore, I include patients’ family members as a part of the treatment team. As a national and international expert in colorectal surgery, I have published many articles and book chapters on the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, ileal J-pouch surgery, and reoperative abdominopelvic surgery. I am honored to be a member of the American Surgical Association. I am also humbled to be one of only a handful of surgeons in the world who is a member of the International Organization For the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Ghassan WahbehMD, Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital
Ghassan Wahbeh, MD, is the director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Wahbeh’s clinical focus is in advanced care for children adolescents and young adultswith Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, including advanced therapeutics and pre and post-surgery IBD management. Dr. Wahbeh’s research interests include advanced management of moderate and severe colitis in the outpatient and inpatient setting, managing complicated Crohn’s disease including fistulizing and stricturing phenotypes, mucosal healing in IBD, navigating surgical options in IBD and novel therapies. Dr. Wahbeh is actively involved as teaching faculty in medical student education, resident training and fellow physician specialty training. He is the honored recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, as well as the Family Choice Award, and the Northwest Crohns & Colitis Foundation service award. He continues to serve as a member of the National Professional Education Committee and the Northwest Medical Advisory Committee of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America.
Raymond CrossMD, Board Certified Gastroenterologist and Professor of Medicine
Dr. K. Cross, Jr., M.D.,M.S. is a board certified Gastroenterologist and Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore (UMB) and is Co-Director of the Digestive Health Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Dr. Cross is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). He is the past Chair of the Patient Education Committee and current Chair of the Clinical Awards Committee of the CCFA. He is also a member of Mission Committee of the Maryland and Delaware Chapter of the CCFA.
Scott D. LeeMD, Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Lee is an associate professor of medicine with expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). Dr. Lee earned his bachelor’s degree at Pomona College and his M.D. at Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver. After residency, Dr. Lee completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Washington. After completing his fellowship, he attended the University of Chicago and Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles as a visiting physician to gain additional training in IBD. Since finishing his fellowship, he has been an attending gastroenterology physician at the University of Washington Medical Center. Currently his clinical practice is at the Digestive Disease Center at the University of Washington and is dedicated exclusively to providing care to patients with the diagnosis of IBD. His research is focused on inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including – new therapies for IBD, improving outcomes in the treatment and long term management of IBD, evaluation of non-invasive biomarkers to assess disease activity in IBD patients and the effects of the microbiome on IBD. He has participated in more than 100 clinical trials in IBD and continues to have an active clinical research program. He is a member of the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), American Gastroenterology Association, American College of Gastroenterology and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is a past chair of Northwest CCFA Chapter Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) and continues as a current member of the CMAC.