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The 2nd Annual Update in Liver Diseases (15MN09)


Saturday, November 22, 2014
7:00 am 4:30 pm



Delta Dental Education Conference Center
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
50 12th Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103


Sponsored by 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 liver diseases make it ever more difficult for clinicians to apply this tremendous amount of information to their practice. This activity will provide learners with a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art advances in the diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive modalities of liver 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 this expansion of therapeutic options.


This educational activity will be of interest to gastroenterologists and hepatologists as well as primary care clinicians including medical internists, family practice physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurses, and physician assistants involved in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with liver diseases.


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

  • Recognize the risk factors associated with liver disease.
  • Review state-of-the-art best practices pertaining to diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in patients with hepatobiliary disease.
  • Define the use of therapeutic and preventive modalities including invasive and non-invasive procedures in patients with various liver diseases.
  • Discuss the clinical efficacy and safety of therapeutic options for the treatment of liver diseases.
  • Assess the current literature and emerging clinical research for liver disease management and its impact on clinical practice.
  • Examine key clinical issues in liver transplantation including patient selection criteria, risks and benefits, and peri- and post-operative management.



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


Lennox J. Jeffers, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Miami Health System
Chief, Hepatology Section
Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Miami, FL

James H. Lewis, MD, FACP, FACG
Professor and Director of Hepatology
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC

Paul Pockros, MD
Head, Division of Gastroenterology
Director, Center for Liver Diseases
Director of Clinical Research
Scripps Clinic
La Jolla, CA

K. Rajender Reddy, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hepatology
Medical Director of Liver Transplantation
Pereleman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Philadelphia, PA

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Faculty

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

Marc Klapholz, MD, FACC, FAHA
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

Maliha Ahmad, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Andrew Berman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical Development, Department of Medicine
Division Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Allergy and Immunologic Diseases

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

Rajagopal Edula, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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

Jennine Michaud, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology

Dorian Wilson, MD
Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplantation

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 activity. 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 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 6.75 contact hours. (60 minute CH)

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

Physician Assistants may participate in this educational activity and earn a letter of attendance as AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through their reciprocity agreements.


$100 - Physicians
$  80 - Non-physicians
$  50 - RBHS/UH Faculty and Staff
No charge Residents and Fellows**

**Registration must be accompanied by program director’s letter confirming the resident/fellow status. Please fax the letter to 973-972-3371.

Registrants may be asked to furnish documentation confirming their employment status in order to be eligible for the reduced/complimentary rate. If it is determined that a registrant does not meet the eligibility criteria, the registrant will be required to pay the necessary tuition fee.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, continuing education credit, and course material.

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration will close on November 19, 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 by telephone at (973) 972-3961 or cate.mackay@rutgers.edu

Registration: Contact CCOE by telephone at (973) 972-4297 or (800) 227-4852 or by email ccoereg@ca.rutgers.edu.


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.

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)

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