Course Directors: 
Toba Weinstein, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Training Program Director
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Cohen Children's Medical Center
Northwell Health

Maria E. Perez, DO
Attending Physician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago


Postgraduate Course

Thursday, November 7, 2024
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Module 1 – FGID/Motility
Moderators: Toba Weinstein, MD, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Cohen Children's Medical Center and Thomas Ciecierega, MD, NYP - Weill Cornell Medical College

8:00 AM    DGBI: Prescribing for the First Brain and Second Brain
                   Hannibal Person, MD, FAAP, Seattle Children's Hospital
                   Learning objectives:
  • Classify the roles of different neuromodulators in the management of disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBI), including indications, dosing strategies, and navigating side-effects
  • Assess symptom patterns in patients with DGBI in consideration of neuromodulator therapy, including psychological comorbidities
  • Formulate neuromodulator therapy plans for common presentations of DGBI
8:20 AM    Neurostimulation for Pediatric DGBIs: Practical Tips and Tricks
                 Neha R. Santucci, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
                 Learning objectives:
  • Discuss patient selection, expectations, potential side effects, and long-term management strategies during neurostimulation for pediatric disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBI)
  • Evaluate the evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of neurostimulation for pediatric DGBI
  • Explore future directions, including novel applications, interdisciplinary care and potential combination therapies
8:40 AM    Orthostatic Intolerance and Dysautonomia: Role of the Gastroenterologist in Demystifying the Myths
                   John Edward Fortunato, Jr., MD, Lurie Children's Hospital
                   Learning objectives:
  • Delineate the problem in understanding the relationship between autonomic symptoms such as orthostatic intolerance (OI) and DGBI
  • Discuss relevant co-morbidities
  • Describe importance of comprehensive symptom assessment towards mechanistic understanding and effective treatment
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM Module 2 – Liver/Pancreas
Moderators: Maria E. Perez, DO, Lurie Children's Hospital and Nadia Ovchinsky, MD, MBA, FAASLD, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

9:00 AM    Chronic Viral Hepatitis Coinfections: Management and Challenges
                   Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, MD, UT Southwestern
                   Learning objectives:
  • Describe the epidemiology and natural history of chronic viral hepatitis confections
  • Review the recommendations for monitoring patients with chronic viral hepatitis confections
  • Discuss the treatment options for chronic viral hepatitis confections
9:20 AM    Challenges and Opportunities in the Pre-transplant Management of Children with End-stage Liver Disease
                   Mercedes Martinez, MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital
                   Learning objectives:
  • Learn how to identify and manage end-stage liver disease complications
  • Know when to refer patients to the transplant center
9:40 AM    From Surviving to Thriving: What Lies Ahead after Pediatric Liver Transplantation
                   Vicky Ng, MD, FRCPC, The Hospital for Sick Children
                   Learning objectives:
  • Highlight current issues affecting the health status of long-term survivors of pediatric liver transplantation
  • Recognize the importance of the patient voice in post pediatric liver transplant care
10:00 AM  Pancreatic Function Testing in Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis
                   Amit Grover, MD, FAAP, Boston Children's Hospital
                   Learning objectives:
  • Review the indications for Pancreatic Function Testing
  • Compare and contrast the current modalities for Pancreatic Function testing in Acute vs Recurrent Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Review the shortcomings of the current modalities of pancreatic function testing, and future directions for improvement and innovation in testing
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Module 3 - Endoscopy
Moderators: Toba Weinstein, MD, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Cohen Children's Medical Center and Lisa Fahey, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

11:00 AM     It's not Always Esophagitis: Inlet Patches, Schatzki's Rings, Hiatal Hernias, and More!
                     Wenly Ruan, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
                     Learning objectives:
  • Review common esophageal findings/disorders
  • Discuss diagnosis and endoscopic management strategies for these disorders
11:20 AM     Pediatric GI Bleeding: Next-gen Treatments for Young Patients
                     Yolanda Rivas, MD, Children's Hospital At Montefiore
                     Learning objectives:
  • Review the endoscopic resources and new interventions and techniques for managing the pediatric patient with acute GI bleeding
  • Discuss the advances and possible future directions of artificial intelligence in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with GI bleeding
11:40 AM    Cracking the Code: Endoscopic Grading Systems
                     Tom K. Lin, MD, Rady Children's Hospital
                     Learning objectives:
  • Utility of endoscopic grading system
  • What constitutes a good or bad endoscopic grading system
  • Grading system limitations
  • Real-world application of endoscopic grading systems
  • Meaningful treatment and clinical assessment targets correlated with patient outcomes
  • Future of endoscopic grading systems

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch on your own/Learning Lunches*

 1. Management of the Difficult GI Bleeder
Yolanda Rivas, MD, Children's Hospital At Montefiore and Alexander Koral, MD, Yale School of Medicine

2. Chronic Viral Hepatitis Coinfections: Management and Challenges
Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, MD, UT Southwestern and Steven Ciciora, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital

3. Evaluating the Pancreas
Amit Grover, MD, FAAP, Boston Children's Hospital and Samuel Bitton, MD, Northwell Health Cohen Children's Medical Center

4. How To Approach Prescribing Psychiatric Medications for DGBI
Hannibal Person, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital and Tanaz Danialifar, MD, CHLA

5. Prioritizing Medications in the Challenging IBD Patient
Cary Sauer, MD, Emory University / Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Jacob Kurowski, MD, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

6. Celiac Disease Screening for Patients and Family Members
Ritu Verma, MD, University of Chicago and Marisa Gallant Stahl, MD, MSCS, Children's Hospital Colorado

7. When Your Patient Refuses to Eat
Valerie Marchand, MD, Ste-Justine UHC and Erealda Prendaj, MD, Wake Forest University

8. Is My Patient Really Allergic?
Craig A. Friesen, MD, Children's Mercy Hospital and Deborah A. Neigut, MD, Children's Hospital Colorado

*Please note Learning Lunches are a separately ticketed events, but you do need to first be registered for the Postgraduate Course in order to register for a learning lunch. 
1:20 PM - 2:40 PM Module 4 – Inflammatory Disease
Moderators: Maria E. Perez, DO, Lurie Children's Hospital and Sonia Michail, MD, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

1:20 PM        Prioritizing Medications in IBD: Choose Wisely
             Cary Sauer, MD, Emory University / Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
             Learning objectives:
  • Evaluate and understand the data and guidelines pertinent to selecting initial treatment approaches for Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), encompassing safety, efficacy, and considerations for insurance approval
  • Utilize available data to inform decisions regarding second, third, and fourth-line therapeutic strategies in the management of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC)
  • Explore additional factors such as dose optimization/therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM), shared decision-making, and the integration of adjuvant therapies into treatment protocols
  • Integrate the insights gained from this discussion into your clinical practice to enhance patient care and treatment decision-making
1:40 PM        The Role of Imaging and Intestinal Ultrasound in Monitoring Inflammatory Bowel Disease
                      Mallory Chavannes, MD, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
                      Learning objectives:
  • Review the evidence for objective monitoring in IBD
  • Understand the basics of performing intestinal ultrasound and interpreting findings
  • Describe the positioning of intestinal ultrasound compared to other monitoring modalities
  • Evaluate the evidence supporting IUS in IBD Monitoring
2:00 PM        Block the Clot: VTE Prophylaxis in IBD
             Kimberley A. Chien, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
                     Learning objectives:
  • Review the pathophysiology of VTEs in IBD
  • Discuss incidence of VTEs in pediatric IBD
  • Discuss risk factors of VTEs in pediatric IBD
  • Discuss safety of VTE prophylaxis in children with IBD
  • Considerations for VTE screening and approach VTE prophylaxis in children in IBD
2:20 PM       Celiac Disease: A Roadmap to Disease Monitoring
                    Ritu Verma, MD, University of Chicago
                    Learning objectives:
  • Review the need for disease monitoring
  • Understand the role of serology in disease monitoring
  • Understand the role of immunopeptides in disease monitoring
  • Understand role of biopsies in disease monitoring
2:40 PM - 4:00 PM Module 5 – Nutrition/Potpourri
Moderators: Toba Weinstein, MD, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Cohen Children's Medical Center and Rachel Kassel, MD, PhD, UAB At Birmingham and Children's of Alabama

2:40 PM      When the Lymph isn't Flowing: Management of Lymphatic Disorders
                     Jefferson Naylor Brownell, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
                    Learning objectives:
  • Recall the anatomy, normal function, and dysfunction of the lymphatic system as it relates to GI practice
  • Describe the adverse consequences of lymphatic dysfunction, with an emphasis on protein-losing enteropathy
  • Be familiar with therapeutic approaches to lymphatic disorders
3:00 PM      Dietary Therapies in IBD: Updates on the Evidence
                     Sandra Chihyun Kim, MD, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital
                     Learning objectives:
  • Review the impact of diet in IBD from an epidemiologic perspective
  • Discuss the impact of diet on intestinal inflammation
  • Review the evidence for specific defined diets in IBD therapy
  • Discuss future directions in nutritional approaches to IBD
3:20 PM       Food Intolerance and Allergies in DGBIs: When is Testing Appropriate?
                     Craig A. Friesen, MD, Children's Mercy Hospital
                     Learning objectives:
  • Understand the role of food in inducing symptoms in DGBIs
  • Understand the difference between food intolerances and allergies
  • Understand the value of allergy testing in DGBI
3:40 PM      The Picky Eater
                     Valerie Marchand, MD, Ste-Justine UHC
                     Learning objectives:
  • Define “picky eater”
  • Recognize the impacts of picky eating
  • Explore the feeding interaction between the picky eaters and their caregivers
  • Learn how to help parents with their picky eater
The Postgraduate Course is supported in part through an educational grant from Reckitt/Mead Johnson