10th Annual “State of the Gut” An Update on Gastrointestinal Disorders 2017

Each year over 5000 referrals are made to the GI and Hepatology Division at Froedtert Hospital by primary care physicians. These referrals cover a broad area of disorders including upper and lower gastrointestinal disorders, hepatic and biliary disorders and pancreatic disorders. These referrals are made in various stages of evaluation and treatment. The inconsistencies in the evaluation and management of these disorders frequently leads to delays in providing standard of care therapies and evaluations. Primary care providers are in a unique position to provide optimum care for patients afflicted by these disorders.

Currently primary care providers lack awareness as to how evaluate and initiate management of patients with gastrointestinal, hepatic, biliary and pancreatic disorders. Previous attendees to the State of the Gut Update have informed our division that the topics covered and the recommendations made at the update have significantly improved the care that they are able to provide to their patients. Additionally, the rapid development and amount of data that primary care providers are exposed to and expected to master is overwhelming. Attendees at previous conferences have recommended topics for future updates and this has formed the foundation of this year's update.  Despite this, the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology continues to receive referrals with poorly performed evaluations and inappropriate therapies. The planning committee has concluded that the performance of primary care providers treating gastrointestinal, hepatic, biliary and pancreatic disorders needs to improve.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 6.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

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Course details

Target audience

Gastroenterologists, Hepatologists, Primary Care Physicians, Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants, Fellows and Residents.

Learning objectives

Recognize and treat common esophageal disorders.
Formulate an approach to diagnosing and managing pancreatic lesions.
Determine the optimal therapy for patients with irritable bowel syndrome.


Sheraton Brookfield Hotel
375 South Moorland Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
United States

Faculty & credentials

Activity Director & Speaker:
José Franco, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Planning Committee:

José Franco, MD; Gastroenteorlogy and Hepatology

Kia Saeian, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Daniel Stein, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Reza Shaker, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Kari Warren, Senior Administrative Assistant

José Franco, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Arash Babaei, MD; Gastroenterlogy and Hepatology

Poonma Beniwal-Patel, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Amir Patel, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Patrick Sanvanson, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Ling Mei, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Darren Ballard, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Murad Aburajab, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Abdul Khan, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Aiman Ghufran, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Achuthan Sourianarayanane, MD; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose with the exception of the following person


Name Company Role
Pooman Beniwal-Patel, MD Takeda Speaker


ABMS Core Competencies: 
Medical Knowledge
Barriers to change: 
Lack of time, lack of administrative support/resources Budget/cost Reimbursement/Insurance Issues Professional guidelines
Hotel Information: 

The Sheraton Brookfield
375 South Moorland Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53005

Phone: 1-262-364-1100
Hotel Reservations: 888-627-8235

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Kari Warren
Phone Number:: 
+1 (414) 955-6850
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