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The 24th Annual GI Symposium: Update on the Management of Common GI, Pancreas, and Liver Disorders (18MR01)


CME/CE Certified Activity
Saturday, May 5, 2018
7:00am – 4:25pm



APA Hotel Woodbridge
120 South Wood Ave.
Iselin, NJ 08830

Complimentary parking will be available at the APA Hotel Woodbridge.


Provided by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology


New developments in diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal (GI), pancreas, and liver disorders are complex and ever changing, with new research, clinical trials, techniques, and treatments rapidly altering the field. These advances present challenges for practitioners who are involved in managing patients with these disorders and who must stay abreast of this new information and its application in clinical practice.

Specialists in the field of gastroenterology will provide useful information and wisdom that comes from varied experiences in treating GI, pancreas, and liver disorders. The latest clinical research findings and their application to clinical practice will be discussed. Topics presented will highlight the latest diagnostic techniques, management strategies, and research developments that impact the care of patients with GI, pancreas, and liver disorders.

Armed with the information from this activity, practitioners providing medical care for, or co-managing patients with GI, pancreas, and liver disorders, can make timely diagnostic, treatment and referral decisions in the context of patient choice and the resources within their communities. In addition, participants will be able to prepare the patient for what to expect from recommended tests, consultations and recommended treatment plans.

View the full conference agenda.


This activity is designed for gastroenterologists, primary care providers, internists, family practice physicians, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, fellows, residents, and transplant coordinators involved in the diagnosis, evaluation, management, and treatment of patients with GI, pancreas, and liver disorders. Additionally, social workers, case managers and representatives of the medical insurance industry will find this activity useful.


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

  • Assess the latest evidence-based management for the care of patients with gastrointestinal, pancreas, and liver diseases.
  • Evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of therapeutic options for the management of gastrointestinal, pancreas, and liver diseases.
  • Review of recently published literature and professional society guidelines pertaining to the evaluation and treatment of gastrointestinal, pancreas, and liver diseases.
  • Evaluate the latest clinical research findings for gastrointestinal, pancreas, and liver diseases management and their application into clinical practice.



Professor of Medicine, Clinical Chief of Gastroenterology, Chief of Hepatology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Professor of Epidemiology, Rutgers School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ


Professor of Medicine, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Director, Crohn’s and Colitis Center of New Jersey, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ


Paul J. Gaglio, MD, FACP, AGAF, FAASLD
Professor of Medicine, Director of Hepatology Outreach, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

Fredric D. Gordon, MD, AGAF, FAASLD, FAST
Vice-Chair, Division of Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Diseases, Director of Hepatology, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA; Associate Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical School, Boston, MA

Ira M. Jacobson, MD
Director of Hepatology, Division of Gastroenterology, NYU Langone Health, New York, NY

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

Anil K. Rustgi, MD
T. Grier Miller Professor, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Director, Digestive Diseases and Liver Clinical Center, Director, Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Steven R. Brant, MD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine

Michel Kahaleh, MD, AGAF, FACG, FASGE
Professor of Medicine, Clinical Director of Gastroenterology, Chief of Endoscopy,
Director of Pancreas Program, Department of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Avantika Mishra, MD
Gastroenterology Fellow

James R. Penn, MD
Gastroenterology Fellow

Hadie Razjouyan, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastronterology and Hepatology

Avik Sarkar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Darren N. Seril, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program,
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Haroon Shahid, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Amy Tyberg, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Endoscopy, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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 credit for this activity, participants are required to check in at the registration desk, attend the activity, and complete the online evaluation form at the conclusion of the activity. A letter certifying attendance and credit verification will be emailed to participants upon completion of the online evaluation survey.


In support of improving patient care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 7.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

This activity is awarded 7.58 contact hours. (60 minute CH) Nurses should claim only those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

This knowledge-based activity qualifies for 7.5 contact hours (0.75 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. Participants’ NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth will be collected at the conclusion of the program. CPE credit will be processed after the program evaluation has closed to participants, which will be three to four weeks following the activity date.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 7.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

After 5/1/2018 (Payable
Physician $149 $169
Other Healthcare Professional $ 89 $109
RBHS Faculty/Staff $ 89 $109
RWJMS/RWJUH GI Nurse Complimentary $39
Resident/Fellow* Complimentary $39

*Registration must be accompanied by program director’s letter confirming 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 a reduced 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 credits, and course material.

Registration can only be accepted through our secure on-line website through May 1, 2018. Payment may be made with MasterCard or Visa cards. American Express is not accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration will close on May 1, 2018, or earlier if seating capacity is reached.

**Pre-registration is recommended. Onsite registration will be accommodated on a space-available basis.


For additional information, questions, concerns, or if you require special arrangements to attend this activity, please contact CCOE by telephone at 973-972-4267 / 885-482-1834 or by email at ccoereg@ca.rutgers.edu


APA Hotel Woodbridge
120 South Wood Avenue
Iselin, NJ 08830

For hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at (732) 494-6200 or visit their website at www.apahotelwoodbridge.com


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.


Once registered, you will receive a confirmation letter and additional information to assist you with your plans to participate in the activity.

A full refund, less a $25 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. Cancellations must be done online through the registration portal.

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 content, faculty, and program activities, and reserves the right to cancel the program if necessary. If the activity is cancelled, liability is limited to the registration fee.


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