2019 Esophageal and Bariatric Update for Primary Care Health Professionals

2019 Esophageal and Bariatric Update for Primary Care Health Professionals
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 7:00am - 4:00pm

Gastro-esophageal reflux disease and obesity are among the two most common problems encountered in the primary care practice. GERD and obesity have been associated with Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancer and respiratory disease. The 2019 Esophageal and Bariatric Update for Primary Care Health Professionals will provide primary care practitioners with practical patient management approaches to the full spectrum of reflux and obesity disease. The emphasis will be placed upon appropriate and timely diagnostic evaluation for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Designed For

Primary Care Physicians, Surgeons, Gastroenterologists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Fellows, Residents and Other Interested Healthcare Providers

Jointly Provided By

Creighton University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Creighton University Continuing Education
CHI Health Esophageal Center


The esophageal portion will provide an overview of esophageal cancer, reflux management and diagnosis, and management of esophageal motility disorders. The bariatric surgery portion of this conference will provide practitioners with an overview of current weight loss surgery assessment, options and outcomes through the work of a multidisciplinary weight management team.


Session I

  • Identify esophageal cancer pathogenesis
  • Explore chemotherapy and radiation treatment options and shift in the treatment paradigm with neoadjuvant treatment
  • Understand the role of radiation treatment in the multi-modality management of esophageal cancer.
  • Review recent advances in surgical management of esophageal cancer.

Session II

  • Explain updates on medical management of reflux disease
  • Recognize the differences between laryngopharyngeal reflux and typical GERD, evaluation and management
  • Examine the relationship between respiratory problems and reflux disease
  • Explore surgical treatment options for reflux disease

Session III

  • Discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of esophageal motility disorders
  • Discuss complications of POEM and potential treatment options
  • Evaluate the results of myotomy endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical treatment for achalasia

Session IV

  • Identify the typical weight surgical options and discuss the outcomes
  • Recognize the care taken in guiding patients safely through a weight loss program
  • Discuss the pre-operative psychological assessment

Session V

  • Understand the basics of a medical weight loss program and how it could integrate into a comprehensive weight management team
  • Realize the predilection for weight loss patients to manifest psychological problems and addictions
  • Explain the role of dietary assessment and intervention in bariatric surgery patients
  • Review the outcomes data in weight loss surgery


7 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit Exhibits

7:30 a.m.
Welcome and Program Overview

SESSION I - Esophageal Cancer

Moderator: Charles J. Filipi, MD, FACS

7:40 a.m.
Esophageal Cancer - Pathophysiology and Development of Multimodality Treatment

Yungpo Bernard Su, MD, FACP

8 a.m.
Esophageal Cancer—Recent Advances in Esophageal Cancer Chemotherapy

Peter T. Silberstein, MD

8:20 a.m.
Role of Radiation in the Management of Esophageal Cancer

Hadi Zahra, MD, DABR®

8:40 a.m.
Anti-reflux Treatment: Prevention of Esophageal Cancer

F. Paul “Tripp” Buckley, MD

9 a.m.
Role of Esophagectomy - The Past, Present, and Future

Kaylana C. Nandipati, MD, FACS

9:20 a.m.
Session I Q&A

9:30 a.m.
Break and Visit Exhibits

SESSION II - Reflux Disease

Moderator: Sandeep Mukherjee, MD, MPH, FRCPC

9:40 a.m.
Update on Medical Management

Adila A. Abdalla, MD

10 a.m.
LPR - Recent Advances in Management

Richard M. Tempero, MD, PhD

10:20 a.m.
Reflux in COPD/Asthma

Venketraman Sahasranaman, MD

10:40 a.m.
Anti-reflux Surgery: Indications and Technique

F. Paul “Tripp” Buckley, MD

11 a.m.
Session II Q&A

11:10 a.m.
Break and Visit Exhibits

SESSION III – Esophageal Motility Disorders

Moderator:  Robert J. Fitzgibbons, MD, FACS

11:20 a.m.      
Motility Disorders: Medical and Endoscopic Management
Darius A. Jahann, MD

11:40 a.m.
POEM—How I do it—Tips and Management of Complications

Subhash Chandra, MBBS

POEM vs Heller: POEM Beyond Achalasia (Z-POEM, POP, and Z-POET)

Kalyana C. Nandipati, MD, FACS

12:20 p.m.
Session III Q&A

12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Visit Exhibits

Session IV – Bariatric Surgery

Moderator: Bruce L. Houghton, MD

1:20 p.m.
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery ABC’s
Michael A. Hovey, MD, FACS

1:40 p.m.
Navigating Shark Infested Waters - Getting Patients Through the Process

Cora M. Villagomez, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

2 p.m.
The Pre-Operative Psychological Assessment of the Bariatric Patient
Nathan M. Sudbeck, PsyD

2:20 p.m.
Session IV Q&A

2:30 p.m.
Break and Visit Exhibits

Session V – Bariatric Surgery Outcomes

Moderator: Naureen B. Rafiq, MBBS

2:40 p.m.
Trading Addictions - Substance Abuse and Psychological Risks after Bariatric Surgery

Nathan M. Sudbeck, PsyD

3 p.m.
Bariatric Surgery Dietary Assessment and Intervention

Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

3:20 p.m.
Striving for Perfection - Outcomes Data from Bariatric Surgery

Michael A. Hovey, MD, FACS

3:40 p.m.
Session V Q&A

3:50 p.m.
Closing Remarks

4 p.m.

Education Credit

Category 1
Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA accepts AMA category 1 credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse CE
Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education designates this activity for 7.25 contact hours for nurses.  Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses licensed in California:  This activity was planned and developed in accordance with the continuing education standards of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  The California Board of Nursing will honor ANCC continuing education credits for face-to-face programs held outside California, or for ANCC-approved online recorded courses taken in a self-study format.

This Live Activity, 2019 Esophageal & Bariatric Update for Primary Care Health Professionals, with a beginning date of 05/11/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.25 Prescribed Credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education and CHI Health. Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education (HSCE) 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.


Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants: $100
Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals: $75
Fellows, Residents, and Full-Time Students: $50
Remote Video Conference: $65

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