IBD Conference 2016 – Archive

Wednesday November 16, 2016

11am – 5:00pm
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – Cherry Hill
2349 Marlton Pike West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 [map]

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.

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Provider Speakers


Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates Crohn’s and Colitis Treatment Center, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Dr. Kaufman has devoted more than three decades studying gastrointestinal disease and helping patients manage—and alleviate—their symptoms. He launched the Crohn’s and Colitis Treatment Center and Celiac Diagnostic Center at AGA, including organizing a support group for affected individuals. While Dr. Kaufman is experienced in all aspects of gastroenterology, he brings a special interest and knowledge of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Adam B. Kaufman, MD

Main Line Gastroenterology Associates, Malvern, NJ

Dr. Kaufman completed a three-year fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Chicago in 2012. While there he trained with internationally recognized leaders in the field, served as Chief Fellow, and was a nominated attendee of Advancing IBD through Mentoring. Dr. Kaufman is published in the area of inflammatory bowel disease and has presented at national research conferences and community organizations.

Razvan Arsenescu, MD, PhD

Atlantic Digestive Disease, Morristown, NJ

Dr. Arsenescu is Chief of Digestive Health Institute and co-Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. has been conducting basic and clinical research studies with high relevance to gut mucosal immunology, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Celiac Sprue. Dr. Arsenescue established a clinical program for gut microbiota transplant at Morristown Medical Center and is working with other investigators to extend the indications of this form of treatment.

Arthur A. Kornbluth, MD, AGA, ASGE, FACG, AGAF

Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY, NY

Dr. Kornbluth has trained medical students, residents, and Gastroenterology Fellows for over 20 years. He has helped mentor physicians from throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is the founder and annual Course Director of the Mt. Sinai IBD Consultants Course. Over the last 20 years he has repeatedly been included among America’s top gastroenterologists in the Best Doctors, Super Doctors and Top Doctors groups.

Kent C. Holtzmuller, MD, FACG

Carolinas Gastroenterology Center, Charlotte, NC

Dr. Holtzmuller received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He did his residency and fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is board certified in transplant hepatology. He has been published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology and others. In 2014 North Carolina Business named him one of the best doctors.

Michael Epstein, MD, FACG

Digestive Disorders Associates, Annapolis, MD

Dr. Epstein founded Digestive Disorders Associates in 1990 to serve the health needs of the Anne Arundel community. In 1992, he expanded the practice’s services with the opening of the Arundel Ambulatory Surgery Center. He served as a staff gastroenterologist in the U.S. Air Force and earned a Distinguished Service Medal and is a consultant for the FDA’s Gastroenterology Advisory Committee.

Public Speakers

Linda Kriger

Linda Kriger is a former reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of Gut Feelings: Social and Emotional Struggles with Crohn’s & Colitis. The book is based on over 100 interviews she conducted with patients, parents, siblings and couples and examines the inner shame, isolation and depression that many patients experience while coping with Crohn’s and Colitis. Kriger was diagnosed with the disease at 16. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism. She studied medical issues during a midcareer Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Jake.

 Steven Chang

 Steven Chang is owner of Essential Elements Functional Nutrition in Northfield, NJ and director of the Functional Medicine Institute, also in Northfield. Chang graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and is certified in clinical nutrition. He has studied extensively in customized compounding, asthma disease management, functional clinical nutrition and veterinary medicine compounding. He is on the board of Seashore Garden Living Center Foundation, Galloway, NJ and chairman of the Political Action Committee of the South Jersey Pharmacists Association. Download Steven Chang’s presentation.

Andrew Alloy, DO, FACOI

As a teenager Andrew Alloy, DO, FACOI was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and is familiar with the avalanche of feelings and thoughts that illness and treatment inevitably generate. He says “In the 25-plus years that I’ve been a gastrointestinal specialist, I’ve learned a great deal of things about digestive disorders, how to diagnose them and how to best treat them, but compassion is among the most essential aspects of being a gastroenterologist. He completed his fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. And is board certified in pediatrics.

Adam Ehrlich, MD

 Adam Ehrlich, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Gastroenterology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. His clinical and research interests are in all aspects of inflammatory bowel diseases with a special interest in the study of how often diseases occur in different groups of people and why. He also cares for underserved populations. He is actively involved in the education of fellows and residents at Temple and is the founder of Temple’s fecal microbiota transplant program. Download Dr. Ehrlic’s Presentation.

Philip Stein, MD

Philip Stein, MD is Director of the St. Christopher’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. When he was 13 years old he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. It was then he decided to dedicate his life to improving the quality of life of others with IBD. He is board certified in pediatrics and gastroenterology and is a member of the board of the Philadelphia chapter of the CCFA and is co-chair of the Chapter Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Stein is on the National CCFA Pediatric Affairs Committee where he helps oversee the teen and college website. Download Dr. Stein’s Presentation.

Provider Agenda


11am Registration, Lunch, Exhibits

12:00 Introductions

  • Barry Kaufman, MD, FACG
  • Conference Education Director
  • Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates Crohn’s and Colitis Treatment Center
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ

12:10 Biosimilars: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

  • Adam Kaufman
  • Main Line Gastroenteroloy Associates
  • Malvern, PA

12:30 Panel Discussion

12:40  Advise from a GI Peer – How to Get What You Want

1:00 Panel Discussion

1:20 Ustekinumab: a primary or secondary biological for Crohn’s   Disease?

1:40 Panel Discussion

2:00 Break & Exhibits

2:20 Cordicosteroids 2016

2:40 Panel Discussion

3:10 Issues of Conception and Pregnancy in IBD

3:40 Panel Discussion

3:50 – Q&A with Public Attendees


Richard Walters, DO

  • Kennedy Health Alliance
  • Marlton, NJ

Adam Erlich, MD

  • Temple Digestive Disease Center
  • Temple University Hospital
  • Philadelphia, PA

Philip Stein, MD

  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Philadelphia, PA

Jeffery J. Kutscher, MD, FACG

  • Gastroenterology Consultants of South Jersey
  • Lumberton, NJ

Boris Libster, DO

  • Allied Gastroenterology Associates
  • Haddon Heights, NJ

Andrew Conn, MD, FACG

  • Lourdes University Hospital
  • Camden, NJ

Jorge Prieto, MD

  • Jefferson University
  • Philadelphia, PA

John Santoro, DO, FACOI

  • Atlantic Gastroenteroloy Crohn’s and Colitis Treatment Center
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Andrew Alloy, DO, FACOI

  • Advanced Gastrointestinal Specialists
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Thomas Judge, MD

  • Cooper Health Sstem
  • Camden, NJ

5:00 – Conference Adjourns

Public Agenda


11am Registration, Lunch, Exhibits

12:00 Introductions

12:10 Proactive Health Maintenance in IBD

  • Philip Stein, MD
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Philadelphia, PA

12:40 The Danger of Opioids in IBD

  • Adam Ehrlich, MD
  • Temple Digestive Disease Center
  • Temple University Hospital
  • Philadelphia, PA

1:20 Confronting Shame and Isolation with IBD

  • Linda Kriger, Author
  • “Gut Feelings: Social and Emotional Struggles with Crohn’s and Colitis”
  • Philadelphia, PA

2:00 Break, Exhibits

2:20 IBD From a Parent’s Perspective

  • Andrew Alloy, DO
  • Advanced Gastrointestinal Specialists
  • Washington Township, NJ

3:00 Nutrition Re-Engineering: A Recipe for Feeling Better

  • Steven Chang, R.Ph., CNC
  • Owner, Essential Elements Vitamin and Nutrition Center
  • Northfield, NJ

3:40 Question & Answer with Physicians – See professional agenda for all participants

5:00 Conference Ends