Frontiers in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition 2014

30 lectures with up to
16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

September 11th and September 12th, 2014
Simches Research Center, Boston, Massachusetts


Our third annual Frontiers in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is a two-day program. The topics on day 1 will include pediatric aerodigestive disorders, H. pylori infection: consensus, H. pylori infection: controversies, culinary medicine, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). The topics on day 2 will include celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), functional GI disorders, diagnosis and treatment of cholestatic liver diseases, current and future treatment options for hepatitis B & C, medical and surgical management of intestinal failure, management of acute and chronic pancreatitis, comparison of the diagnostic accuracy of ERCP, EUS and MRCP.

This symposium is intended to address several important clinical gaps in practice by providing a comprehensive review as well as information on new advances in diagnosis and treatment options in these areas. The symposium will consist of lectures, Q&A sessions, panel discussions and lectures during lunch to include both formal and interactive learning formats.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the latest diagnostic and treatment options for chronic aspiration and incorporate into practice when appropriate
  • Utilize the latest guidelines for H. pylori infection in children
  • Analyze the latest treatment options for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Determine the role of nutritional therapy in the management of IBD
  • Review the latest research in IBD
  • Consider treatment options that will improve outcomes and quality of life for patients with IBD while minimizing the adverse effects
  • Evaluate the latest research in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity
  • Differentiate gluten sensitivity from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Incorporate new therapeutic agents into the care of your patients with IBS
  • Recognize and manage patients with intestinal failure
  • Examine new diagnostic and therapeutic options for acute and chronic pancreatitis
  • Recognize when to choose ERCP, EUS or MRCP in patients with pancreatitis


Academic and community pediatric gastroenterologists, adult gastroenterologists, pediatric GI fellows, pediatric GI nurse practitioners, PAs, and primary care physicians


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 16.50 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


07:30 – 08:00 AM Continental Breakfast
08:00 – 08:10 AM Opening Remarks
Aerodigestive Disorders
08:10 – 08:30 AM Multidisciplinary Approach to Chronic Aspiration (GI) Stephen Hardy, MD
08:30 – 08:50 AM Multidisciplinary Approach to Chronic Aspiration (ENT) Christopher Hartnick, MD
08:50 – 09:10 AM Multidisciplinary Approach to Chronic Aspiration (Pulmonary) Shannon Fracchia, MD
09:10 – 09:30 AM Multidisciplinary Approach to Chronic Aspiration (Swallowing Evaluation) Chery Hersh, MA, CCC-SLP
09:30 – 09:50 AM Esophageal Motility Disorders Jaime Belkind-Gerson, MD
09:50 – 10:10 AM Q & A
10:10 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break
Helicobacter pylori Infection in Children
10:30 – 11:00 AM Consensus Benjamin Gold, MD
11:00 – 11:30 AM Controversies Steven Czinn, MD
11:30 – 11:40 AM Q & A
11:40 – 01:00 PM Lunch
Culinary Medicine
12:00 – 12:40 PM You Are What You Eat John La Puma, MD
12:40 – 01:00 PM Q & A
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
01:00 – 01:30 PM Vaccination Strategies in Patients with IBD Jeffrey Biller, MD
01:30 – 02:00 PM Nutritional Therapy for Pediatric IBD Wallace Crandall, MD
02:00 – 02:30 PM Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Biologic Therapy Gary Lichtenstein, MD
02:30 – 02:50 PM Coffee Break
02:50 – 03:10 PM Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) in the Management of IBD George Russell, MD
03:10 – 03:30 PM Use of Probiotics in Pediatric IBD Jess Kaplan, MD
03:30 – 03:50 PM Diagnosis and Therapy of Very Early Onset (VEO)-IBD Christopher Moran, MD
03:50 – 04:10 PM Surgical Management of Pediatric IBD Peter Masiakos, MD
04:10 – 04:30 PM Q & A
04:30 – 05:30 PM Case Presentation & IBD Panel Discussion Harland Winter, MD
IBD Panel: Jeffrey Biller, MD
Wallace Crandall, MD
Jess Kaplan, MD
Gary Lichtenstein, MD
Peter Masiakos, MD
Christopher Moran, MD
George Russell, MD
05:30 PM Adjourn
07:30 – 08:00 AM Continental Breakfast
08:00 – 08:10 AM Opening Remarks
Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten
Sensitivity & Irritable Bowel Syndrome
08:10 – 08:40 AM Celiac Disease Stefano Guandalini, MD
08:40 – 09:10 AM Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) Daniel Leffler, MD
09:10 – 09:40 AM NCGS and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Christine Frissora, MD
09:40 – 10:10 AM NCGS and Autism Spectrum Disorder Timothy Buie, MD
10:10 – 10:30 AM Q & A
10:30 – 10:50 AM Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:10 AM Gluten Free Diet Pam Cureton, RD
11:10 – 11:30 AM FODMAP Diet Kate Scarlata, RD
11:30 – 11:40 AM Q & A
11:40 – 01:00 PM Lunch
12:00 – 12:40 PM Microbiome and Celiac Disease Alessio Fasano, MD
12:40 – 01:00 PM Q & A
Hepatology & Intestinal Failure
01:00 – 01:30 PM Diagnosis and Treatment of Cholestatic
Liver Diseases
Uzma Shah, MD
01:30 – 02:00 PM Current and Future Treatment Options for Hepatitis B & C Anthony Sandler, MD
02:00 – 02:10 PM Q & A
02:10 – 02:40 PM   Medical Management of Intestinal Failure  Stuart Kaufman, MD
02:40 – 03:10 PM   Surgical Management of Intestinal Failure  Anthony Sandler, MD
03:10 – 03:20 PM   Q & A   
Pancreatic & Biliary Tract Diseases
03:20 – 03:50 PM Management of Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis Peter Kelsey, MD
03:50 – 04:35 PM Comparison of the Diagnostic Accuracy of ERCP, EUS and MRCP David Forcione, MD Michael Gee, MD, PhD Inbar Spofford, MD
04:35 – 04:55 PM Q & A
04:55 PM Closing Remarks

*Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.


Course Number #3414427

Tuition Fee:
Physicians $400 (USD)
Reduced Fee for Trainees/Allied Health Professionals $200 (USD)

Early Bird Fee:
Registration Deadline: 7/31/14
Physicians $300 (USD)
Trainees/Allied Health Professionals $150 (USD)

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This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice


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All sessions for this course will be held at Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA.


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Course #3414427

Offered by


Course Director
Aeri Moon, MD

Course Administrator
Marie Angel Alce

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Jaime Belkind-Gerson, MD
Jeffrey Biller, MD
Timothy Buie, MD
Raymond Chung, MD
Wallace Crandall, MD
Pam Cureton, RD
Steven Czinn, MD
Alessio Fasano, MD
David Forcione, MD
Shannon Fracchia, MD
Christine Frissora, MD
Michael Gee, MD, PhD
Benjamin Gold, MD
Stefano Guandalini, MD
Stephen Hardy, MD
Christopher Hartnick, MD
Cheryl Hersh, MA, CC-SLP
Jess Kaplan, MD
Stuart Kaufman, MD
Peter Kelsey, MD
John La Puma, MD
Daniel Leffler, MD
Gary Lichtenstein, MD
Peter Masiakos, MD
Christopher Moran, MD
George Russell, MD
Anthony Sandler, MD
Kate Scarlata, RD
Uzma Shah, MD
Inbar Spofford, MD
Harland Winter, MD


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