University of Miami Conference

The Ins & Outs of IBD

Program Information

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

Recognize the hallmark clinical and endoscopic symptoms of IBD

Describe current diagnostic strategies for IBD

Incorporate evidence-based IBD treatment pathways effectively into clinical practice

Summarize clinical practice guidelines for health maintenance strategies in IBD patients

Implement multidisciplinary strategies for optimizing the care of IBD patients

Incorporate practical tools to manage access barriers and facilitate timely approval of therapies in IBD

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower the GI Health Foundation (GIHF), and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine’s Gastroenterology Division. The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

A maximum of 4.9 contact hours may be earned for successful completion of this activity.

Jointly provided by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower, the GI Health Foundation, and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine’s Gastroenterology Division.


    Maria T. Abreu, MD

    Martin Kalser Endowed Chair in
    Gastroenterology Vice Chair Research,
    Department of Medicine
    Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
    Professor of Medicine
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    Miami, Florida


Saturday, June 29, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Conference

Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables

180 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Click here to make a hotel reservation.


*Subject to change



7:00 AM   


8:00 AM


Course Director: Maria T. Abreu, MD

8:10 AM

IBD 101: Understanding What Causes IBD, Who Gets It, and

How to Recognize It

Amar R. Deshpande, MD

8:30 AM

Therapies for UC, CD and Indeterminate Colitis

Mona Rezapour, MD, MHS

8:50 AM

Managing Common Side Effects of Old and New Medications,

Steroids, Aza, Biologics and Tofacitinib; Infusions and

How to Manage Allergic Reactions

Glenda Quinones, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C & Bety De la Torre, RN, BSN

9:15 AM

Panel Discussion - Case Review Vignettes: How to Handle the 8 AM

Patient Call and the 4:59 Call, Urgent and Non-urgent Requests

Moderator: Norma Solis, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C

9:45 AM


10:00 AM

Health Care Maintenance in IBD Vaccinations, Vitamin D Deficiency, Etc.

and How to Appropriately Follow and Interpret a Patient's Lab Results

Moriane Joseph, MSN, MPH, APRN

10:20 AM

Marijuana in IBD

Maria T. Abreu, MD

10:35 AM

When It Smells Like a Duck and Is Not… Rectal Sexually Transmissible

Infections (STIs) Rectal Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)

Isabella Rosa-Cunha, MD

11:00 AM

Interpreting Diagnostic Studies in IBD

David H. Kerman, MD

11:30 AM

Lunch Break

11:45 AM

Working Lunch

12:30 PM

Diet and IBD

Luis C. Garces, MS, RD/LDN

12:50 PM

Counseling and Mindfulness Therapy

Floribeth Arrautt, MSW, LCSW

1:10 PM

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; How to Get a Medication Approved

(Denials, Appeals and PA)

Norma Solis, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C

1:30 PM

Advantages of Gastroenterology and Hepatology APRN’s Fellowship

Program at Johns Hopkins and “soon to come" program

at University of Miami!

Guest Speaker: Sharon Dudley-Brown, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

2:00 PM

Clinical Research Programs at University of Miami

Diana Morillo, BS, C.C.R.P

2:05 PM

Closing Remarks

Course Director: Maria T. Abreu, MD

2:15 PM



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Amar R. Deshpande, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Asst. Dean for Medical Education
Vice Chair for Education, Dept. of Medicine
Gastroenterology Division

David H. Kerman, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Gastroenterology Division

Isabella Rosa-Cunha, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases

Norma Solis, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C

Director of Advanced Practice
Gastroenterology Division

Glenda Quinones, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division

Bety De la Torre, RN, BSN

Registered Nurse
Gastroenterology Division

Luis C. Garces, MS, RD/LDN

Clinical Dietitian

Floribeth Arrautt, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist
University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics
Digestive Health Division

Diana Morillo, BS, C.C.R.P

Sr. Manager of Research Support
Gastroenterology Division

Sharon Dudley-Brown, Ph.D

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Sharon Dudley-Brown has held several academic appointments, both nationally and internationally, and currently is the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the School of Nursing. She has worked as a Nurse Practitioner at several institutions over the past 25+ years, and currently sees patients and conducts research on patients with inflammatory bowel disease, at Johns Hopkins. She has published many peer-reviewed papers and abstracts in the fields of nursing and inflammatory bowel disease, and is currently a member of several editorial boards. She is a co-editor of a textbook on translation in evidence-based practice, entitled “Translation of evidence into nursing and health care”, published by Springer. She is a nationally recognized leader in gastroenterology nursing and serves in leadership capacities with several gastroenterology and nursing organizations such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCF) and the Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates. Specific to the CCF, nationally, she is a contributing member of the Nurse & Advanced Practice Committee that reports to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the national CCF. Locally, she is Co-Chair of the Mission Committee for the Maryland/Southern DE Chapter of the CCF, providing oversight to educational programs to patients and providers within the chapter.

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