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Digestive Diseases: New Advances (15MN01)


Saturday, June 7, 2014
7:00 am - 5:45 pm



Westin Governor Morris Hotel
2 Whippany Road
Morristown, NJ 07960


Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences


The complexity and magnitude of medical advances in the management of digestive diseases make it ever more challenging for clinicians to apply this tremendous amount of information to their practice. This knowledge-based activity will provide learners with a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art advances in the diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive modalities of digestive diseases based on the latest evidence, literature, and clinical research. A thorough review of the current treatment landscape is vital to both clinicians and patients who can benefit from the expansion of therapeutic options.

To view the full conference agenda, click here (pdf format.)


This CE educational activity will be of interest to gastroenterologists, primary care physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurses, pharmacists, and physician assistants involved in the diagnosis, evaluation, management, and treatment of patients with digestive diseases.


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

  • Assess the latest evidence-based management strategies for the care of patients with digestive diseases.
  • Evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of therapeutic options for the treatment of digestive diseases.
  • Evaluate the latest clinical research findings and professional society guidelines for the diagnosis and management of digestive diseases and their application into clinical practice.



Nikolaos Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Medical Director, Liver Transplantation
University Hospital, Newark, NJ


Bruce R. Bacon, MD
James F. King MD Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology
Professor of Internal Medicine
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Saint Louis University Liver Center, St. Louis, MO

Jasmohan Bajaj, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Associate Program Director
Department of Internal Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

Jamie S. Barkin, MD, MACP, MACG, AGAF, FAFGE
Professor of Medicine
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Warren Finkelstein, MD, MACG, AGAF, FACP
Chief of Gastroenterology, Hackensack UMC
Mountainside, Montclair, NJ
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Peter H.R. Green, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University College
of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

C.S. Pitchumoni, MD, MPH, FRCP(C), MACP, MACG
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Drexel
University; Chief of Gastroenterology
Hepatology and Clinical Nutrition
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ

Stuart Jon Spechler, MD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
VA North Texas Healthcare System
Professor of Medicine
Berta M. and Cecil O. Patterson
Chair in Gastroenterology
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School FACULTY

Maria Soto-Greene, MD
Vice Dean and Professor of Medicine
Director, The Hispanic Center of Excellence

Marc Klapholz MD, FACC, FCSAI
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of Cardiology
Chief of Service, University Hospital

Sushil Ahlawat, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Director of Endoscopy

Zamir Brelvi, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Director, Outpatient Services

Sohail Contractor, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Chief, Division of Interventional Radiology

Michael Demyen, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Lisa L. Dever, MD
Vice Chair for Education & Faculty Development
Department of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Disease

Baburao Koneru, MD
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Chief, Division of Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery

Iona Monteiro, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division Director Pediatric Gastroenterology

Michael Shapiro, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Surgical Residency Program Director
Chief, Division of General Surgery

All individuals who affect the content of continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the activity. The activity faculty are further required to disclose discussion of off-label/ investigational uses in their presentations. These disclosures will be made to the audience at the time of the activity.


In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, participants are expected to check in at the registration desk, attend the program and complete an online evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. A letter certifying your attendance and credit verification will be emailed to you upon completion of the online evaluation survey



Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Center for Continuing and Outreach Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation. Provider Number P173-12/12-15.

This activity is awarded 8.66 contact hours. (60 minute CH)

Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This course ACPE # 374-000-14-001-L01-P qualifies for 8.75 contact hours (0.875 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit.

Pharmacists should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 8.5 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.


Westin Governor Morris
2 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

A block of rooms have been set aside at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel at a rate of $125 plus applicable state and local taxes. Rooms and rates are subject to availability at the time of reservation. To make reservations please call: (973) 539-7300


$100 Physicians
$ 75 Healthcare Professionals
$ 40 Fellows*

* Registration must be accompanied by program director’s letter confirming the resident/fellow status. Please fax the letter to 973-972-8377.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, continuing education credit, and course materials. Registration can only be accepted through our secure online website. Payment may be made with MasterCard or Visa credit cards. American Express is not accepted. Pre-registration is recommended. On-site registration will be accommodated on a space available basis.

In an effort to provide the most complete materials to attendees and conserve resources, PDF versions of the lecture slides will be made available online to registered attendees. In addition, internet access will be available during the day of the activity so we encourage attendees to bring a laptop or tablet. Additional information will be provided in future confirmation communications.

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration will close on June 4, 2014 or earlier if seating capacity is reached.


Course Information: For additional program information, questions, or concerns, or if you require special arrangements to attend this activity, please contact Cate Mackay at 973-972-3691 or by email at cate.mackay@rutgers.edu

Registration: Call 973-972-4267or 800-227-4852 (outside of NJ).

A full refund, less a $20 cancellation fee, will be granted if notice is received up to the date of the program. Refunds cannot be given for “no shows” or cancellations received once the program has started.

Click here to go to the registration portal. Click "Log in" and enter your user name (email address) and password. Select "Current Schedule" on the top menu, and select “cancel registration.”

Rutgers reserves the right to modify the program contents, faculty, and program activities, and reserves the right to cancel the program if necessary. If the conference, or any part of the conference, is cancelled, liability is limited to the registration fee.


Program Brochure (.pdf format)

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