Themistocles Dassopoulos, MD is the Medical Director of the Baylor Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). He earned his medical degree at Brown University before completing a residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Dr. Dassopoulos was fellowship trained in Gastroenterology at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Baylor, Dr. Dassopoulos served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Section of Inflammatory Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Dr. Dassopoulos is a nationally recognized expert in IBD: Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, microscopic colitis, and pouchitis. The mission of the Baylor IBD center is to provide state-of-the-art, patient-centered care to patients with these lifelong and sometimes debilitating diseases. Disease management entails a treatment plan for inducing and maintaining remission, a focus on patient function and quality of life, monitoring, and prevention of disease and treatment complications, support for the patient in his/her role as self-manager and care coordinated with the patient’s primary provider and other specialists.
My main clinical interests include the medical and endoscopic management of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, and microscopic colitis.
In this Keynote session, Dr. Dassopoulos will explore the role of diets in the development of intestinal inflammation. He will discuss the research and information on whether dietary changes can help treat inflammation. It will also provide practical tips on a healthy diet.
Surgery and Ostomy Care
This session will provide participants with information about surgical options available to people living with IBD. It will also discuss living with an Ostomy.
Your Healthcare Team
This session will focus on shared decision making to provide the best possible patient care.
Living Well with IBD: Stress and Anxiety Management
This session will focus on living well with IBD by providing information, resources, tips, and tools about managing stress and anxiety.
IBD Treatment: Now and In the Future
This session will focus on how IBD treatment has evolved through the ages and become more successful. It will also address the challenges in treating Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis including lessons from the biologic era and how new treatments are evolving to continue to improve patient outcomes and safety.
What’s New in IBD Research?
Learn about the latest in IBD research including new medication and treatment options.
Dr. Danielle Giesler completed her surgery residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville followed by completion of her colon and rectal surgery fellowship right here in Texas at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas. During her fellowship, she received a broad spectrum of training including minimally invasive techniques making her an advanced laparoscopic surgeon.
Dr. Giesler has had extensive experience with the da Vinci® Robotic System and she plans to keep this in her armamentarium to treat colorectal disease. Dr. Giesler also specializes in screening, diagnostic, and therapeutic colonoscopies, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, anorectal disease, and fecal incontinence. Known for her compassion and patient satisfaction, she is working to fulfill the need for a colon and rectal specialist in her new community in Richardson, TX. Dr. Giesler enjoys running, volleyball, and mountain biking and lives in Richardson, TX.
Keri Grimmett, RN, WCC, OMS is an Ostomy Nurse at Texas Colon and Rectal Surgeons. She is a proud Dallas, Texas native. Mrs. Grimmett earned her Associates Degree in nursing from El Centro College. She has been a nurse for eighteen years, and has greater than eight years of wound, ostomy, and continence care nursing experience. During that time she developed an interest in Ostomy Care due to a lack of help and resources for ostomy patients in the community. She completed her certification for Wound Care and Ostomy Management. She has been a Wound and Ostomy Consultant for several home health agencies and over 5 hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area over the last four years. Keri is caring, compassionate, and has a unique ability to connect with individuals. She enjoys helping and educating her patients. She is always available to help. The goal of ostomy services is to help the patient heal, return to normal daily activities faster, and enjoy the best possible quality of life. When she is not at the clinic she enjoys boating, traveling, and cooking.
Donna Bacchus, Ph.D., RN is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at University of Texas at Arlington and Health Care Improvement Consultant Baylor Scott and White. She is a Member of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Medical Advisory Committee, North Dallas Chapter, and a Member of Advanced Practice Committee, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Her clinical and research interests include Transitions of adolescents with IBD to young adults, Transitions of college bound students living with IBD, IBD patients and adherence to treatment, and Psychosocial issues in IBD patients.
Research study includes beliefs in medications and treatment complexity as predictors of medication adherence among adults with IBD. Additionally she has a personal interest in IBDas she has a family member with Crohn’s disease.
Jennifer Nixon is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with personal experience with IBD. Jennifer was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 15 and has lived with an ostomy for over 13 years. Her experience as a patient led her to pursue a career in social work with a special focus on hospital social work. Jennifer graduated from the University of North Texas with her Bachelor of Social Work degree and subsequently earned her Master of Social Work from University of Texas at Arlington. She took her first hospital social work position in 2013 and now works at UT Southwestern. Jennifer believes her experiences with IBD have shaped her professional role and allows her the ability to better understand the unique struggles faced by patients and their families. She shares her story to allow others to learn more about individuals living with IBD and to dispel fears of living with an ostomy.
Dr. Sarah Schwartz is a licensed psychologist specializing in helping adolescents and young adults and their families address developmental conflicts that often lead to changes in social, emotional, and academic functioning. These include problems surrounding identity development, self-esteem, social adjustment, and relationships. The path from childhood to adulthood includes much growth and many obstacles. Adolescents, in particular, may experience considerable stress as they begin to develop their own identities and build new relationships. While this can be considered developmentally appropriate, a teen’s changes in mood or functioning can disrupt familial/social relationships and goal-oriented behavior. A combination of insight-oriented “talk therapy” and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be used to help reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms, teach coping skills, and improve self-esteem. Further, Dr. Schwartz places a specific emphasis on the development of a trusting relationship with clients. This is considered particularly important for teens and young adults to feel comfortable sharing their feelings, thoughts, and ideas during the therapeutic process.
Dr. Schwartz completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University, where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical settings. She subsequently completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, where she provided therapy and psychological assessment for children and teens with developmental, mood, and anxiety disorders, exposure to trauma, and social/interpersonal challenges.
Dr. Annette Whitney has been a member of DHAT since completing her fellowship at Emory University. She is a native Texan who wanted to return to her home state to practice medicine and raise her family. She is a proud mother of two wonderful children. She has a true passion for pediatrics and is dedicated to providing excellent care for all her patients and their family. Beyond her practice, she is active in her community as well as DHAT..
John Kwon, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the UT Southwestern Department of Internal Medicine. He serves as the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program and the Clinical and Translational IBD Research Core.
Dr. Kwon earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine while simultaneously obtaining his Ph.D. in pathology. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he also performed a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology.
After working as an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Chicago, Dr. Kwon joined the UT Southwestern staff in 2015.
Dr. Kwon is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. He is also Chair of the AGA Institute Ethics Committee and a member of the AGA Audit Committee.
Chris Fourment, M.D. received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Angelo State University and earned his medical degree in 2007 from St. Matthew's University, School of Medicine. He has dedicated most of his career to the study Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis). A passion for advancing science and medicine is what drives Dr. Fourment. He sits on the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation's Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). In his free time Dr. Fourment enjoys spending time with his wife and new daughter, water sports (skiing & sailing,) and spending time outdoors.