Crohn's & Colitis Patient Education Conference
Seattle University

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Join us for our annual spring education program for individuals living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and their families!  Learn about the latest in IBD from healthcare providers and connect with others in your community dealing with these diseases. 

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Check in opens at 8:15 AM
Program runs 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM.

Where: Seattle University
Pigott Auditorium 
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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Who's Invited?

Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis patients, relatives, friends, 
health care professionals & interested parties. 
This program is not accredited for continuing education credits.

Why Should You Attend? 

  BAPEC-learn                     BAPEC-connect

       To learn more about these diseases and how to manage them and
         connect with people in your community who are affected by IBD.

Tickets: Before Friday, April 27, 2018$10 registration fee (includes lunch); Free (without lunch)

The deadline to register has passed. Registration will be available at the event. Tickets with lunch are $15 each based on availability. 

Please register early for the event. If you are no longer able to attend, please contact us to cancel your reservation.

If this fee presents a burden to your family, please contact Kathleen Waite.

Parking: Parking cost will be covered on the Seattle U campus for our event attendees. Please park in the Broadway Garage off of Broadway just across the street from Swedish Hospital. Google Maps directions.

**A parking pass will be emailed to registrants the week of the event. We will have extras at the check-in table.**

Handicap parking and drop off is available in the parking lot at Marion St & 12th Ave. Please note that street parking is metered and limited to 2 hours. 

Online Registration Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018. Registration will also be available at the event starting at 8:15 AM. 

Questions? Contact Kathleen Waite, Education Manager, at or toll-free 877.703-6900 x6.


9:00-9:20 AM - Welcome & Purpose of the Day

9:20-9:30 AM - Break

9:30-10:20 AM - Breakout Session 1 (select one to attend)
- Biologics & New Medications - Jason Harper, MD
- IBD 101 - William Holderman, MD
- IBD & Women's Health - Karlee Ausk, MD

10:20-10:30 AM - Break

10:30-11:20 AM - Breakout Session 2 (select one to attend)

- Nutrition & Dietary Therapy - Diane Javelli, RD
- Managing Stress Through Mindful Awareness - Allison Fine, MSW, LICSW
- Future Directions in IBD: Treatments & Approaches - James Lord, MD, PhD

11:25 AM-12:00 PM - Patient Panel: "What I Know Now That I Wish I'd Known Then" - moderated by Michael Chiorean, MD

12:00-12:45 PM - Lunch Break

12:45-1:35 PM - Breakout Session 3 
Ask the Expert: Q&A 
Small Breakouts - Each professional will be in a separate room answering questions submitted by the audience during registration and at the event. Content discussed will be determined by the questions you submit. 

  • Medical Treatments - Elisa Boden, MD
  • Medical Treatments - Jason Harper, MD
  • Surgical Treatments - Mukta Krane, MD
  • Research - James Lord, MD, PhD
  • Mental Health - Carin Cunningham, PhD
  • Pediatric GI - Ghassan Wahbeh, MD
  • Diet & Nutrition - Diane Javelli, RD
  • Integrative Medicine - Trina Seligman, ND, LAc
  • Access to Treatment - Lindsay Masters, RN & Alyssa Swope, RN

1:35-1:45 PM - Break

1:45-2:30 PM - Breakout Session 4 
Meet the IBD Community 
Small group discussions will give you the opportunity to meet other people living with these diseases. Breakouts include:

  • Young Adults with IBD (18-30ish)
  • Parenting with IBD (Being a parent and a patient) 
  • Meet the SCD Community (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) 
  • Parents of Adult Patients
  • Living with Multiple Health Conditions
  • Parents of Pediatric Patients

We will not have printouts of slides at the event; you may print them at home and bring to take notes during the presentation, or bring a device. There will be guest wifi, though we recommend downloading the files in advance. These slides are posted for personal educational use only. They may not be used or shared without the presenter's permission. Files will take a moment to load.


michael chiorean

Course Chair: Michael Chiorean, MD - Virginia Mason - Dr. Michael Chiorean is the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Excellence within the Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.  Dr. Chiorean was Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at Indiana University until he moved to Seattle in August 2012. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and is also a member of many other professional organizations. He is an invited reviewer for several publications and is the author of several peer-review articles, abstracts and presentations on topics including IBD. His principal research interests include the use of novel technologies in the diagnosis of IBD, colorectal cancer and IBD, and IBD therapy and outcomes.

Dr. Chiorean is the chair of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s local chapter medical advisory committee. Dr. Chiorean helped plan this year's conference and will lead the patient panel.

Karlee Ausk

Karlee J. Ausk, MD - Swedish - Dr. Ausk attended medical school at the University of Washington, where she also completed Internal Medicine residency, chief residency, and fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She practices general gastroenterology and hepatology with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer screening. She believes that healthcare providers have the privilege of accompanying patients and their families through the often stressful times brought on by an illness. She strives to guide patients in making healthcare decisions considering the best evidence available tailored to their individual story. Dr. Ausk serves on the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Northwest Chapter Medical Advisory Committee and the national Patient Education Committee. Dr. Ausk will speak about IBD & Women's Health.

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Allison Fine, MSW, LICSW is a private practice counselor in Seattle who is experienced working with people with chronic illnesses. Ms. Fine earned her Master of Social Work degree and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Kansas. She is the founder and executive director of the Center for Chronic Illness, that provides support groups and educational events for those living with chronic health challenges. Ms. Fine will speak about "Managing Stress Through Mindful Awareness." 

jason harper

Dr. Jason Harper is the director of the IBD program at UW Harborview. After attending medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Harper completed his residency and fellowship at University of Washington. He practiced at Swedish Gastroenterology until recently. Dr. Harper is a member of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Northwest Chapter Medical Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees. Dr. Harper will speak about Biologics & New Medications. 

william holderman

William H. Holderman, MD - Washington Gastroenterology, Digestive Health Specialists Division- Dr. William Holderman is a gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Specialists in Tacoma. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California in San Diego. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Holderman completed an Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. Dr. Holderman is an Associate of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Holderman served as President and Chief of Staff of Tacoma General Hospital and is a member of its Medical Executive and Graduate Education Committees. He is past President and has served on the Board of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Dr. Holderman is a member of Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Northwest Chapter Medical Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Board of the Tacoma Art Museum and serves as the co-chair of the Collections Committee. Dr. Holderman enjoys tennis, photography and spending time with his family. Dr. Holderman will speak on IBD 101.

diane javelli

Diane Javelli, RD, CD - University of Washington - Ms. Javelli is a Clinical Dietitian at the University of Washington Medical Center.  Working in the outpatient setting for The Digestive Disease Center and The Center for Esophageal and Gastric Surgery, her duties include assessing nutritional status and educating patients that have GI diseases or have undergone GI surgery.  She has a special interest in working with Crohn’s and colitis patients as part of the IBD Center at the University of Washington Medical Center.  In her spare time she is a freelance writer for various news media and online resources including Ms. Javelli will speak on Dietary Therapy.
james lord

James Lord, MD, PhD - Benaroya Research Institute, Virginia Mason - James Lord obtained his Sc.B. in biochemistry at Brown University, and then obtained his M.D. and his Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Washington, where he also did his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in gastroenterology.  Over the course of this training, he developed an interest in how the immune system is regulated in the gastrointestinal tract, and consequently developed a clinical practice focus on inflammatory bowel diseases. He now divides his time between the Benaroya Research Institute, where he runs a translational research lab, and Virginia Mason Medical Center, where he treats patients with IBD.  His research examines how the intestinal immune system, and particularly regulatory T cells, become dysregulated in people with IBD.  This work has been made possible through the generous participation of hundreds of IBD patients in a biorepository program, giving Dr. Lord and his collaborators access to the blood and tissue samples they need in order to understand what causes IBD.  Dr. Lord serves on the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Northwest Board of Trustees and Chapter Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Lord will speak on Future Directions in IBD: Treatments & Approaches.



Program partially supported by exhibit fees from the following companies:


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 MedtronicVirginia Mason

Washington Gastro         Alfasigma

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The Foundation thanks the Seattle University School of Nursing for their sponsorship.
Program partially supported by educational grant from AbbVie
Program partially supported by educational grant from Pfizer

Please note that funders have no influence on program content.

Return to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Northwest home page. 

Program partially supported by educational grant from AbbVie

Time: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

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