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6th Annual Update on Liver Disease (19MN02)



CME/CE Certified Activity
Saturday, December 1, 2018
7:15 am – 4:00 pm



PLEASE NOTE: Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Clubhouse at Galloping Hill Golf Course
3 Golf Drive
Kenilworth, NJ 07033

Complimentary parking will be available at Galloping Hill. Participants will receive additional information in their confirmation materials.


Provided by Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology


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.

View the full conference agenda.


This activity is designed for gastroenterologists and hepatologists as well as primary care clinicians including medical internists, family practice physicians, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, and physician assistants involved in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with liver disorders.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better 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.



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


Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Director of Hepatology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC

Flavio Paterno, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

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


Sushil Ahlawat, MD, FACP, FASGE, FAGA
Associate Professor of Medicine; Director of Endoscopy; Program Director, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship

Sohail Contractor, MD, FSIR
Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology; Chief, Division of Interventional Radiology

James V. Guarrera, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery; Program Director, Liver Transplantation, University Hospital

Marc Klapholz, MD, FACC, FAHA
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine; Director, Division of Cardiology; Physician-in-Chief, University Hospital

Steven Krawitz, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine; Assistant Program Director, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship

Vivek Lingiah, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Mumtaz Niazi, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Outpatient Hepatology Services

Raquel Olivo Villabrille
Assistant Professor of Medicine

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 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity is awarded 6.83 contact hours. (60 minute CH)  Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.


This knowledge-based activity qualifies for 6.75 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. Pharmacists should claim only 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 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 6.75 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.


ABIMMOC logoSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 6.75 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.

After 11/27/2018
(payable on-site)**
Physician $109 $129
Other Healthcare Professional $ 89 $109
RBHS, University Hospital-Newark & RWJBarnabas Faculty/Staff
$ 69
$ 89
Resident/Fellow* $ 39 $ 59
RBHS, University Hospital-Newark & RWJBarnabas Resident/Fellow*

*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 on-line website through November 27, 2018.

We are currently experiencing difficulties with our payment gateway. In the interim, please proceed with online registration (click the "Register Now" button below) to reserve your seat, and select Purchase Order as your payment option. Then proceed as follows to submit your payment:

If you wish to pay by credit card:
Please complete this registration form ONLY after completing your online registration and return via fax to 973-972-7128. Payment may be made with MasterCard or Visa.  American Express is not accepted.

If you wish to pay by check:
Please complete this registration form ONLY after completing your online registration and mail along with your check, made payable to Rutgers University, to the address indicated on the registration form.

If you wish to pay by purchase order:
Please contact ccoe@ca.rutgers.edu to finalize payment ONLY after completing your online registration form.

Receipts will be sent once payments are received and processed. 


PLEASE NOTE: Online registration is now closed. 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 / 85-482-1843 or by email at ccoe@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.


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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