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In this issue of Gastroenterology Digest, specialists join together to discuss topics surrounding Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The topics include, UPMC’s IBD medical home care, the GREAT study initiative, case studies dealing with minimally invasive surgical techniques in IBD and Sweet Syndrome, association of Vitamin D levels with clinical status in IBD, and a volunteer-funded and volunteer led patient resource called IBD connect.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Convey support of the medical home concept to provide comprehensive, individualized care for IBD patients.
  • Identify the extra intestinal skin manifestations associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and to recognize the unusual presentations of patients during the flare of IBD.
  • Heighten the awareness of the potential important role of Vitamin D in subjects with IBD
  • Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to identify how a volunteer support network can improve patient outcomes.
  • Improve methods of defining individual patient medical problems and needs using precision medicine for IBD
  • Identify the application of robotic surgery in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Reading Resources:

  1. Van Deen, WK, Esrailian E, Hommes DW. Value-Based Health Care for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.  J Crohns Colitis. 2015 May;9(5):421-7. Epub 2015 Feb 16. Review. PMlD: 25687204.
  2. Patients’ Perceptions of Quality of Care and Follow-up in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Jelsness-Jorgensen LP, Bernklev T, Hovde O, Prytz Berset I, Huppertz-Hauss G, Moum B, Lie Hoivik M. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2015 Dec 4:1-8. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26635189
  3. Ananthakrishnan AN, Khalili H, Higuchi LM, Bao Y, Korzenik JR, Giovannucci EL, Richter JM, Ruchs CS, Chan AT. Higher Predicted Vitamin D Status Is Associated With Reduced Risk of Crohn’s Disease. Gastroenterology. 2012 Mar;142(3);482-9.
  4. Foster EN, Nguyen KK, Sheikh RA, et al. Crohn’s Disease Associated With Sweet’s Syndrome and Sjogren’s Syndrome Treated With Infliximab. Clin Dev Immunol. 2005;12 (2): 145-9.
  5. Hellan M, Ouellette J, lagares-Garcia JA, Rauh SM, Kennedy HL, Nicholson JD, Nesbitt D, Johnson CS, Pigazzi A. Robotic Rectal Cancer Resection: A Retrospective Multicenter Analysis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Jul;22(7):2151-8.


Doctors Ganesh, Greer, Harrison, Holder-Murray, Kabbani, and Zator have reported no relationships with entities producing health care goods and services.

Ms. Sigal and Ms. Wein-Levy have reported no relationships with entities producing health care goods and services.

Dr. Regueiro is a consultant for AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, UCB, Takeda Shire, and Janssen.

Dr. Szigethy has received research support from the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, book royalties from APPI, and is a past consultant for Merck, AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, and a current consultant for iHope Network.

Dr. Whitcomb has received research support from NIH, Department of Defense, Janssen, and AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, is a consultant for Ariel Precision

Medicine, and is a stockholder in Ariel Precision Medicine.

Accreditation Statement: 

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.5) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour. 

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Release Date: 5/10/2014 | Last Modified On: 5/10/2014 | Expires: 5/9/2015

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