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NASPGHAN 2022 Annual Meeting

October 12-15, 2022

2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, and its annual conference will be held in Orlando, Florida October 12-15.

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is proud to support NASPGHAN in its mission and to contribute to the scientific learnings and teaching opportunities it offers to GI specialists around the world.

At this year’s conference, faculty and fellows will present numerous research abstracts and lectures on a range of important topics in the fields of IBD care, hepatology, and transplantation.

Below is a list of activities from the Division at this year’s conference.

We hope to see our former residents, fellows, faculty, and colleagues and catch up on your work.


Sandra Kim, MD, director of the IBD Center at UPMC Children’s will receive the 2022 APGNN Mentor Award during this year’s conference.

Lectures and Presentations

Thursday, October 13, 2022; 10:00 AM - Postgraduate Course

Topic: Acute Liver Failure
Presenter: James E. Squires, MD, MS
Learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical presentation and progression of pediatric acute liver failure
  • Discuss an age-based diagnostic approach and clinical management of PALF
  • Update acute hepatitis outbreak and the future of PALF investigation


Saturday, October 15; 7:00 AM

Meet the Editors Breakfast – Perspectives and Publication Process.
Presenter: James E. Squires, MD, MS


Saturday, October 15; 3:45 PM   

Topic: “Mild IBD” How do We Address This as Pediatric Gastroenterologists?
Presenter: Sandra C. Kim, MD
Learning objectives:

  • Define “mild” pediatric Crohn’s disease
  • Review treatment options for mild Crohn’s disease
  • Discuss future areas of research


Poster/Abstract Presentations

Title: Protocolized Management of Pediatric Esophageal Achalasia – A Single Center Experience
Authors: Connie Chen, MD (3rd Year Fellow); Vibha Sood, MD
Date/Time: Friday October 14; 12-2:30 PM

Title: Gastric Lactobezoar in a Full Term Newborn
Authors: Connie Chen, MD (3rd Year Fellow; Vibha Sood, MD
Date/Time: Saturday October 15; 12-2:30 PM

Title: Hospital Utilization in Children Undergoing Intestinal Transplant: Association of Post-Transplant Costs With Clinical Characteristics.
Authors; First author – Vikram Raghu, MD, MS; co-author Simon Horslen, MBChB, FRCPCH

Title: Association Between Post-Operative Costs and Induction Immunosuppression Regimen in Liver Transplant Recipients Using the PHIS Database.
Authors: Caroline Ewing, MD; James E Squires, MD, MS; Vikram Raghu, MD, MS

Title: Autoimmune Liver Disease Network for Kids (A-Link): Building A Learning Health Network Within ImproveCareNow.
Authors: Amy Taylor, Jane Weyer, Nicole Weyerm, Christine Browner, Fionna Kopp, James E. Squires, MD, MS, Gillian Noel, Nitika Gupta, Alex Weyman, Mary Ayers, MD; Heli Bhatt, Sakil Kulkani, Emily Perito, Leana Alrabi, Mohammad Saeed, Alex Miethke

Title: North American Society For Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, And Nutrition Position Statement For Telehealth.
Authors: James Franciosi, Elizabeth Berg, John Rosen, Jennifer Lee, Kelly Sandberg, Arvind Srinath, MD, Mala Setty, B.U.K. Li.

Title: Factors Impacting Pediatric Gastroenterologists Approach To Biosimilar Utilization In Inflammatory Bowel Disease Care.
Presenters: Ross Maltz, Madeline McClinchie, Brendan Boyle, Megan McNicol, Grant Morris, Erin Crawford, Jonathan Moses, Sandra Kim, MD.


APGNN Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 15th 


Title: Common Complications of Intestinal Failure
Presenter: Kim Ackerman, RN, BSN, MSN, CPNP-PC