Hot Topics in Gastroenterology 2017: Updates for the Practicing Gastroenterologist

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Hot Topics in Gastroenterology 2017: Updates for the Practicing Gastroenterologist


Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), Tampa, Florida


February 11, 2017


Keeping with the long tradition of teaching excellence at the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, this course has been developed with special focus to the educational needs of health care professionals associated with the rapidly evolving specialty of gastroenterology. This one day course addresses today’s burning topics in a lecture and discussion format. A distinguished faculty comprised of USF gastroenterologist affiliated with the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition and an invited lecturer will present key topics highlighting their current state of practice while providing projection for the future. In addition we will introduce new faculty members, and highlight current research at the USF Division of Digestive Disorders.


This course is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of gastroenterologists, surgeons, internal medicine physicians, family medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurses, as well as internal medicine residents and fellows.


After attending to this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Recognize and manage complex esophageal disorders including eosinophilic esophagitis, reflux esophagitis, and Barrett´s disease.
  • Apply best management strategies for treatment of pancreatic fluid collections, and diagnostic tools in biliary strictures.
  • Describe the strategies for cancer surveillance on inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Provide adequate treatment for Hepatitis C, non-viral hepatitis, and cirrhosis.
  • Describe the evaluation, and management of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding.

These learning objectives apply to all members of the target audience.


To download more information including the agenda click here.



  • 2017 Attendee Registration Fee includes meals and syllabus
  • MD/DO Registration Fee ———————————————————$175.00
  • RN’s/PA’s—————————————————————————– $105.00

The registration fee for this activity includes lectures, breakfast, lunch, breaks and access to handout materials as provided by speakers for distribution.  Parking is not included.

TO REGISTER: For online registration, click below.

Register Here


Cancellations must be requested in writing via fax to 813-224-7864 or e-mail to, and received by January 11, 2017 in order to receive a refund.  A $50 cancellation fee will be assessed to cover administrative costs. There are no refunds for no-shows or for cancellations received after January 11, 2017.  Substitutions are welcome without penalty.

USF Health Office of Continuing Professional Development reserves the right to cancel this activity due to unforeseen circumstances, in which the full registration fee will be refunded. USF Health is not responsible for travel expenses incurred by the participants in the unlikely event that this activity is cancelled.






USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity


USF Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education Florida Board of Nurses

A maximum of 6 contact hours may be earned by learners who successfully complete this continuing nursing education activity.

The agenda is still in the planning stage, credit hours may change based on final agenda.

Course Director

Joel Richter, MD Course Co-Director
Professor, Morsani College of Medicine
Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
Director, Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders

Rene D. Gomez-Esquivel, MD Co-Director
Assistant Professor
Morsani College of Medicine
Vice-Chief of Gastroenterology, Tampa General Hospital


USF Division of Digestive Disorders Faculty:
Patrick Brady, MD
Morsani College of Medicine
Chief of Gastroenterology, Tampa General Hospital

John Jacobs, MD
Assistant Professor
Gastroenterology Associate Program Director
Morsani College of Medicine

Mohamed Kaif, MD
Assistant Professor
Morsani College of Medicine

Jonathan Keshishian, MD
Faculty, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Prasad Kulkarni, MD
Director of Endoscopy
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Renee Marchioni-Berry, DO
Assistant Professor
Morsani College of Medicine
Director Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Gastroenterology

Pushpak Taunk, MD
Assistant Professor
Morsani College of Medicine

Invited Faculty:
Michael B. Fallon, MD
Chair of Medicine
College of Medicine, Phoenix
University of Arizona


USF Health adheres to ACCME Standards regarding commercial support of continuing professional education. It is the policy of USF Health that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation. Detailed disclosure will be made in the course syllabus.


The information provided at this CE activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.


USF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Institution. For disability accommodations, contact Antoinette Erceg by phone (813) 224-7866 or by e-mail,, within five days of the event.