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



6:30-7:45 am                  Attendee Registration Check-in and Breakfast

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:  Blake Jones, MD

   8:00-8:20 am                  New and Emerging Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

                                           Waseem Ahmed, MD


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

                                           Nipun Reddy, MD


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

                                           Amitha Gumidyala, PhD


   9:00-9:20 am                  Panel Discussion 


9:20-9:40 am                  Break


9:40-10:00 am                Building Capacity for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Medically Underserved Communities - Links       of Care Program

                                           Andrea Dwyer, BS


10:00-10:30 am              NETWORKING AND COALITION BUILDING


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: Blake Jones, MD

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

                                       Kusuma Pokala, MD


12:50-1:10 pm               Endoscopic Resection: Indications and Techniques

  Hazem Hammad, MD


1:10-1:30 pm                 Endoscopic Management of Complex Biliary Obstructions: Art of the Trade

  Steven Edmundowicz, MD

1:30-1:50 pm                 Panel Discussion


   1:50-2:45 pm                 Reception: Faculty, Attendees, and Industry Representatives


Session IV – Updates in Colorectal Cancer Prevention

Moderator: Steven Edmundowicz, MD

2:45-3:30 pm                  Debate: Choosing a Colon Cancer Screening Test

   Pro: Colonoscopy is Better Than the Rest!           
            Blake Jones, MD

   Con: The Best Test is the Test That Gets Done!
            Swati Patel, MD

   3:40-3:40 pm                  Closing Remarks

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


   3:40 pm                           Adjourn


Accreditation and Designation:



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

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 5.75 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.  

To earn board credit, the attendee must participate in the CME activity including the evaluation component.  By participating in this event and requesting board credit, I understand that my learner completion data will be shared with the ACCME and the applicable certifying board(s)

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Nursing Continuing Professional Development:

The University of Colorado College of Nursing is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity has been awarded 5.5 contact hours.

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