IBD Conference 2015 – Archive

Thursday November 12, 2015
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – Cherry Hill
2349 Marlton Pike West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 [map]
Noon – 5pm

Dr. Stephen Matarazzo: Dr. Matarazzo suffered from Crohn’s disease. In 1976 he founded the gastroenterology service at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA where he practiced for 25 years. His struggle with Crohn’s made him an incredibly compassionate physician. He often lectured about the disease and in 1994 was named Physician of the Year by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Philadelphia/Delaware Chapter. Dr. Matarazzo died in 2011. The Dr. Stephen Matarazzo IBD Conference honors his memory.


The burden and prevalence of IBD continues to increase in the United States, according to a 2013 study by Michael D. Kappelman, MD, MPH, of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues. The results of the study suggest that nearly 1.2 million Americans are living with IBD. The quality of care for patients with IBD is highly variable, which suggests that there is significant room for quality improvement. These efforts will include education and dissemination of recommended interventions to improve the quality of care for adults with IBD.

The 2015 Dr. Stephen Matarazzo IBD Conference will address current research and clinical developments in the diagnosis and treatment of IBD with an overall goal of increasing the knowledge and competence of physicians and allied medical personnel in providing optimal care for patients with IBD.

Learning Objectives

  • Assessment of alternative video technologies, including chromoendoscopy, and the benefits of their differential application so that conference participants can identify circumstances/conditions under which such technologies should be used.
  • Assessment of treat-to-target as a tool for improved management of Crohn’s disease.
  • Assessment of dietary interventions for use as sole or adjunctive therapy for subsets of IBD patients in reducing disease relapse and degree of immune suppression so that participants can assess the circumstances where and patients for who such interventions are appropriate.
  • Identify multiple new mechanisms of action, ranging from biologic-based immunosuppression to mucosal barrier repair.

Target Audience

This activity, is designed for physicians in the practice of internal medicine, gastroenterology, and surgery as well as allied medical personnel, including nurses, physicians’ assistants, and nurse practitioners involved in the diagnosis, evaluation, management, and treatment of patients with IBD.

Method of Participation

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 in person, and complete the credit request and evaluation forms at the conclusion of the activity. A letter certifying participant attendance and credit verification will be mailed to participant within 4 weeks.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC and AGA Foundation, Inc. Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Credit

Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC adheres to the ACCME Standards regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships, if any, will be made known at the activity.

Additional credits (i.e.: AAFP, ARST, AARC) may be applied for by Charlotte AHEC if requested in time by the applicant (additional fee may be applied).

Provider Speakers

Barry Kaufman, MD, FACG, CNSP

Dr. Kaufman is Director of the Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates Crohn’s and Colitis Treatment Center and a founder of Atlantic Gastro Education Foundation. He was the principal investigator for over 100 clinical trials. He is a Certified Nutrition Support Physician and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Thomas Judge, MD

Board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. Judge completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He works in Cooper University Health Care’s gastroenterology department and its Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrheal disorders and small bowel disease.

Lindsey Albenberg, DO

Dr. Albenberg is a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and a member of the research team in the Center for Pediatric Bowel Disease at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is the Ad Hoc Reviewer for Gut Microbes, American Journal of Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

Robin D. Rothstein, MD, FACG

Dr. Rothstein has worked with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac sprue, diarrheal illnesses and microscopic colitis. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.

Andrew R. Conn, MD, FACG

Dr. Conn works with diseases of the esophagus, small and large bowel, pancreas and liver as well as peptic ulcer disease and irritable bowel syndrome. He developed and was a co-director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at the Cooper Digestive Health.

Public Speakers

Melissa A. Verrengia, MD

Dr. Verrengia completed her internship, residency and fellowship in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital. She is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She specializes in IBD, women’s health and gastroparisis, a condition in which the stomach can’t empty food properly.

Kristina Krautblatt

Kristina was diagnosed with IBD in 2010. Crohn’s has affected her life with loss of jobs, friendships and avoiding relationships. She is currently in remission and has reinvented her life and tackling the challenge of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro as a fund-raiser for the CCFA. She’ll share her journey.

Robin Rothstein, MD, FACG

Dr. Rothstein has worked with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac sprue and microscopic colitis. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Philadelphia’s Temple University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Philadelphia’s Temple University Hospital. She has done extensive research on IBD.

Edythe Shapiro, LCSW, ACSW

Edythe Shapiro is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in medical social work. She is the lead social worker for Jefferson Health System at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia and in private practice doing clinical work and community resource planning for homebound patients.  She is also clinical supervisor for social workers in healthcare settings.

Jeffrey Kutscher, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF

Dr. Kutscher has been Chief of Gastroenterology at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mt. Holly, N.J. since 1988 and teaches gastroenterology in the Virtua residency program. In 2007, he was named Top Doc in Gastroenterology by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. He has been elected a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology.

Review Syllabus (PDF)

Providers Agenda

12 pm Registration, Lunch, Exhibits

1:00 Introduction

  • Barry Kaufman, MD, FACG, CNSP
  • Conference Education Director
  • Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

1:15 Chromoendoscopy for Dysplasia:
Is Scenic the State of the Art or an Illusion?

  • Thomas Judge, MD
  • Cooper Digestive Health Institute, Camden, NJ
  • Panel Discussion Follows

2:00 Are There Really Nutritional Guidelines for IBD Management?

  • Lindsey Albenberg, DO
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Panel Discussion Follows

2:45 Break & Exhibits

3:00 Treat to Target: A New Paradigm in IBD Care

  • Robin Rothstein, MD, FACG
  • Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Panel Discussion Follows

3:45 What’s Coming Down the Pipeline?

  • Andrew Conn, MD
  • Lourdes University Hospital, Camden, NJ

4:15 Question & Answer with public track

5:00 Conference Adjourns


Jeffery J. Kutscher, MD
Gastroenterology Consultants of South Jersey

Boris Libster, DO
Allied Gastroenterology Associates

John Chiesa, DO
Rowan School of Medicine

Jorge Prieto, MD
Jefferson University

Gary Matusow, DO
Gastroenterology Group and Endoscopy Center of South Jersey Vineland, NJ

$20 includes Lunch

Public Agenda

12 pm Registration, Lunch, Exhibits

1:00 Introduction

  • Melissa Verrengia, MD
  • Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ

1:05 Is Vitamin D the Answer?

  • Melissa Verrengia, MD
  • Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ
  • See Presentation (PDF)

1:30 From Crohn’s to Kilimanjaro

  • Kristina Krautblatt
  • Psychology Student, Atlantic Cape
  • Community College, Mays Landing, NJ

2:00 The Facts Of Leaky Gut

  • Robin Rothstein, MD, FACG
  • Temple University Hospital
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • See Presentation (PDF)

2:45 Break & Exhibits

3:00 Is Stress Making You Sick?

  • Edythe Shapiro, LCSW, ACSW
  • Jefferson Health System
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • See Presentation (PDF)

3:30 The Future of IBD

  • Jeffrey J. Kutscher, MD, FACG
  • Gastroenterology Consultants
  • Lumberton, NJ

4:15 Question & Answer with physicians

5:00 Conference Adjourns


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