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The 2022 Updates in GI Educational Conference will deliver focused, educational updates highlighting clinically relevant advances in the management of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and chronic liver disease (CLD). It will feature an interactive format to enhance the educational impact.

Internationally renowned gastroenterologists and hepatologists will lead the development of educational content and will serve as program faculty. The faculty will review state-of-the-art developments in gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and chronic liver disease (CLD), including, but not limited to:


  • Endoscopic Obesity

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Alternative Medicine & Diet in GI

  • Clostridioides difficile (C. diff)

  • Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE)

  • Hepatorenal Syndrome (HRS)

  • Acute Pancreatitis

  • IBS with Alternating Constipation and Diarrhea
    (IBS C and D)




6:30 – 7:30 PM 

Exhibits and Welcome Reception - Charlotte Ballroom ABC


7:30 – 8:30 PM

CME Dinner Symposium - Charlotte Ballroom DE

Improving Health Outcomes in the Cirrhotic Patient

David Eric Bersntein, MD, PC
New York, NY


8:30 – 10:00 PM

Exhibits - Reception - Charlotte Ballroom ABC


Session I: CME (All Providers)

Charlotte Ballroom DE

7:00 AM – 12:15 PM

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Breakfast / Exhibits


8:00 – 8:45 AM    

Breakfast/Sponsor Product Theater: Ardelyx     

An Innovative Approach for the Treatment

of Adults With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

With Constipation (IBS-C)

Darren M. Brenner, MD, FACG, AGAF, RFF

Professor of Medicine and Surgery
IDP Foundation Research Scholar
Director, Northwestern Neurogastromotility and
Interdisciplinary Bowel Dysfunction
Programs Director, Motts Tonelli GI Physiology Laboratory
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, IL


9:15 – 9:20 AM


Eugenio J. Hernandez, MD

Gastroenterologist and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs
Gastro Health Florida
Miami, FL


9:20 – 9:45 AM

Endoscopic Obesity Management

Jeremias C. Tan, MD

Co-Director of Health & Wellness, Mid-Atlantic Region
Endobariatric Weight loss Specialist Gastro Health
Fairfax, VA


9:45 – 10:10 AM

IBD Update

Stephen Hanauer, MD

Professor of  Medicine

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

10:10 – 10:35 AM

The Psycho-Social Component of
Health in IBS and IBD 

Marla C. Dubinsky, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 

Co-Director, Susan and Leonard Feinstein IBD Center

Director, Marie and Barry Lipman IBD Preconception and Planning Clinic 

Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai New York

New York, New York

10:35 – 11:00 AM

Diet and Alternative Medicine for IBS

Kate Scarlata, MPH, RDN

For a Digestive Peace of Mind, LLC
Medway, MA

11:00 – 11:10 AM


11:10 – 11:30 AM

Radiology in GI Practice

Sandeep Bagla, MD

Prostate Centers USA, LLC
Hemorrhoid Centers USA, LLC
Vascular Interventional Partners NOVA
Falls Church, VA

11:30 – 11:50 AM

Hemorrhoids: Treatment Approaches for
the Gastroenterologist

George Dickstein, MD, FASGE, AGAF

Academic Dean and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine,

Tufts University School of Medicine
Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Gastro Health
Framingham, MA

11:50 AM – 12:15 PM

Management of IBS C and D

Anthony Lembo, MD

Director of the GI Motility and Functional Bowel
Disorders Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Cente
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

12:15 – 12:45 PM


12:45 – 1:30 PM

Lunch/Sponsor Product Theater Janssen Biotech


Bruce Salzberg, MD FACG

Atlanta Gastroenterology Specialists
Atlanta, GA

Session II: CME (APPs) 

Charlotte Ballroom FGH

1:00 – 2:50 PM

1:00 – 1:25 PM

Management of Acute Pancreatitis / Complications

Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc

Gastro Health
Miami, FL

1:25 – 1:50 PM

Breaking News in the Management of HRS-AKI

Patrick M. Horne, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, AF-AASLD

Assistant Director of Clinical Hepatology Research/
Clinical Programs Coordinator
University of Florida
Department of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Gainesville, FL

1:50 – 2:00 PM


2:00 – 2:25 PM

HE Transition of Care

Elizabeth K. Goacher, PA-C, MHS

Advanced Practice Provider

Team Lead, Division of Gastroenterology
Lead, Department of Medicine Advanced Practice Providers
Duke University Hospital
Durham, NC

2:25 – 2:50 PM

C. difficile Management Updates

Carol M. Antequera, DMSc, PA-C

Physician Associate
Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

2:50 PM



6:00 – 8:00 PM


*This agenda is subject to change.
† Exclusive sponsorship.


Raj Devarajan, MD

Gastroenterologist with

Gastro Health Massachusetts

Acton, Massachusetts


George Dickstein, MD, FASGE, AGAF

Gastroenterologist and Vice President of Clinical Affairs,

Gastro Health Massachusetts

Framingham, Massachusetts

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Eugenio J. Hernandez, MD

Gastroenterologist and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs

Gastro Health Florida

Miami, Florida



Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe current screening, diagnosis, and management options for patients with
    gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and chronic liver disease (CLD)

  • Apply optimal treatment strategies for patients with GI disorders and CLD

  • Compare and contrast currently available treatment modalities for GI disorders and CLD

CME Objectives

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Accreditation Statement

This activity has been 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 University of Cincinnati and Focus Medical Communications. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Cincinnati designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

All faculty and staff involved in the planning or presentation of continuing education activities provided by the University of Cincinnati are required to disclose to the audience any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of the presentation or enduring material. Full disclosure of all commercial relationships must be made in writing to the audience prior to the activity.


All additional planning committee members, the University of Cincinnati staff and Focus Medical Communications staff have no relationships to disclose.


Learner Assurance Statement

The University of Cincinnati is committed to resolving all conflicts of interest issues that could arise as a result of prospective faculty members’ significant relationships with drug or device manufacturer(s). The University of Cincinnati is committed to retaining only those speakers with financial interests that can be reconciled with the goals and educational integrity of the CME activity.

Disclaimer Statement

The opinions expressed during the live activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Cincinnati. The information is presented for the purpose of advancing the attendees’ professional development.


Off-Label Disclosure Statement

Faculty members are required to inform the audience when they are discussing off-label, unapproved uses of devices and drugs.  Physicians should consult full prescribing information before using any product mentioned during this educational activity.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (ie, physical, dietary). Please contact us prior to the event at 1-877-782-4532.

CME Accreditation


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