Seattle Crohn's & Colitis Education Webinar

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The Spring Patient and Caregiver Education Program is coming to a couch near you!

Join us to hear great presentations from dedicated local healthcare providers. The Webinar format will allow you to access information regarding general wellness, how to advocate for more patient-friendly policies, surgical questions, dietary therapy, and more; ask questions and connect virtually with others. 

When: Sunday, April 26, 2020.

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: From the comfort of your home, via webinar!

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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? 

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

Tickets: $10 registration fee; scholarships available for all as needed, simply select scholarship option during registration. No questions are asked, everyone will be approved.

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Questions? Contact Jodie DeLay, Education Manager, at or call or text 917-903-5047.



9:00 - 9:10 AM Dr. Michael Chiorean, Virginia Mason Medical Center            
  Jodie DeLay, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation              
9:10 - 10:00 AM Dr. Michael Chiorean, Virginia Mason Medical Center            
  COVID-19 and IBD                    
  What is Covid-19?                    
  Should IBD patients worry?                  
  Action plan for IBD patients during and after COVID-19?            
10:00 - 10:50 AM Dr. Elizabeth Rosenblatt, Washington Gastroenterology            
  IBD 101 and Health Maintenance                
  Recently diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease and searching for some basic information?    
  Or have you lived with IBD for a long time, and are looking for a refresher?        
  The purpose of this talk is to empower you with knowledge about it's causes, symptoms, and treatment.  
  Two main objectives:                  
  1. Learn the basics of IBD: It's causes, symptoms and treatment.          
  2. Understand what YOU can do to best treat your disease.            
10:50 - 11:30 AM Dr. David Suskind, Seattle Children's Hospital              
  Dietary Therapy in IBD: From the Microbiome and Beyond            
  The saying 'you are what you eat' isn't quite right…the saying should be, 'your gut microbiome is what you eat!'  
  My talk will give an overview of why diet is important in IBD. Exploring its effect on the intestinal microbiome,  
  the intestinal microbiome, the intestinal lining and disease itself.          
11:30 - 12:10 PM Dr. James Lord, Benaroya Research Institute and Virginia Mason Medical Center        
  Advocacy and Legislation                  
  What is happenning related to step therapy and other policy concerning payors and drug formularies.    
12:10 - 12:50 PM Dr. Uma Pisharody, Swedish Medical Center              
  Top Five Things to Know About Your Child's IBD              
  Over many years of diagnosing and treating children with IBD, pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Uma Pisharody  
  has realized parents have similar questions and concerns. This seminar is an opportunity to make sure all these  
  common concerns are addressed. She hopes that through this seminar she can help alleviate some worries,  
  dispel common myths and help you and your family develop practical plans, including the most important ways  
  to manage this disease. Topics covered will include: 1. What caused this disease to occur, 2. The importance of  
  self-education, 3. The need to be wary of steroids and radiation, 4. Dietary recommendations and issues,   
  5. The goals of therapy.                  
12:50 - 1:30 PM Dr. Laila Rashidi, MultiCare Colon and Rectal Surgery            
  Dr. Val Simianu, Virginia Mason Medical Center              
  Advancement of IBD Surgery                  
  This presentation will give an overview of contempary minimally-invasivesurgical approaches to inflammatory   
  bowel disease in the abdomen and pelvis, and describe surgicaloptions for anorectal disease in IBD. The focus   
  will be on showing videos and pictures to better illustrate what patients go through when they have these procedures.
  Two main objectives:                  
  1. Describe contemporary abdominal and pelvic surgery in IBD          
  2. Describe surgical options in Crohn's related anorectal disease.          
1:30 - 1:45 PM        Dr. Michael Chiorean and Jodie DeLay                
  Closing comments, final Q & A                  

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Elizabeth RosenblattElizabeth Rosenblatt is a board certified gastroenterologist practicing at Washington Gastroenterology. She completed her internal medicine training at Johns Hopkins and her fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Washington. She enjoys all aspects of gastroenterology but carries a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease. She is member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Washington Chapter Medical Advisory Council. 




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Program partially supported by educational grant from AbbVie

Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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