RMH- August 5, 2023

Rocky Mountain Highlights in Gastroenterology and Hepatology Course

Saturday, August 5, 2023

University of Colorado Anschutz Health Sciences Building

Donald M. Elliman Conference Center

1890 N Revere Ct, Aurora, CO 80045   


Learning Objectives


1. Understand the arguments for and against colonoscopy for colon cancer screening.

2. Recognize updates to the treatment arsenal for IBD and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.

3. Recognize patients who benefit from screening for Barrett’s Esophagus.

4. Identify current approaches to alcohol use, malnutrition and frailty in potential liver transplant candidates.

5. Compare and utilize current treatment approaches to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.

The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Highlights in
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Agenda


7:45-8:00 am               Welcome and Introductory Comments

Course Directors: Avash Kalra, MD and Blake Jones, MD


Session I – High-Yield Topics in Luminal Gastroenterology

Moderator:  TBD

   8:00-8:20 am                  Positioning Biologics for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

                                           Waseem Ahmed, MD


8:20-8:40 am                  Updates in the Treatment of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders and Future Directions

                                           Nipun Reddy, MD


8:40-9:00 am                  Best Practices in Neuro-Gastroenterology, Involving CBT and Hypnotherapy

                                           Amitha Gumidyala, MD


   9:00-9:20 am                  Panel Discussion 


9:20-9:40 am                  Break


9:40-10:30 am                BREAKOUT SESSION AND NETWORKING


Session II– High-Yield Topics in Hepatology

Moderator: Avash Kalra, MD

10:30-10:50 am              A Practical Approach to Malnutrition and Frailty in Chronic Liver Disease

   Avash Kalra, MD

   10:50-11:10 am              Alcoholic Hepatitis and Liver Transplant: When is Transplant Appropriate?

  Jon Rice, MD


11:10-11:30 am              It's 2023. What Can We Offer for the Treatment of NASH?

                                       Amanda Wieland, MD


   11:30-11:50 am             Panel Discussion


11:50-12:30 pm             Lunch Break


Session III – High-Yield Topics in Therapeutic Endoscopy

Moderator: TBD

12:30-12:50 pm             The Latest Updates on Screening and Management of Barrett's Esophagus

                                       Kusuma Pokala, MD


12:50-1:10 pm               ESD: Indications and Techniques

  Hazem Hammad, MD


1:10-1:30 pm                 Complex Biliary Obstructions, Tips, and Techniques

  Raj Shah, MD

1:30-1:50 pm                 Panel Discussion


   1:50-2:45 pm                 Happy Hour Break


Session IV – Updates in Colorectal Cancer Prevention

Moderator: Blake Jones, MD

2:45-3:30 pm                  Debate: Colonoscopy Pros and Cons for CRC Screening

   Blake Jones, MD & Swati Patel, MD

   3:40-3:40 pm                  Closing Remarks

   Course Directors: Avash Kalra, MD and Blake Jones, MD


   3:40 pm                          Adjourn