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Conferences and Events

Gastroenterology and hepatology fellows and faculty at Saint Louis University participate in a variety of weekly one-hour conferences including GI Grand Rounds, GI fellows case conferences, journal clubs, pathophysiology, pathology, nutrition, radiology, and liver cancer conferences.

GI Grand Rounds

The SLU Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology hosts weekly GI Grand Rounds. These educational presentations enable faculty and trainees to hear domestic and international speakers discuss relevant clinical topics while offering updated information on advances and guiding principles in medicine. Each 1-hour, CME-eligible presentation occurs 7:30-8:30 a.m. CST, Wednesdays and consists of 45 minutes of content and 15 minutes of Q&A. When speakers are in person, the presentations are hybrid, and breakfast is provided before the event. For more information, please contact Paula Zdanowicz.

2nd Annual Midwest Metabolic Clinical Symposium

Following the success of the inaugural conference earlier this year, we are excited for the Second Annual Midwest Metabolic Clinical Symposium in 2024. This event will occur Friday-Sunday, April 19-21, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The symposium is a two-and-a-half-day event where the healthcare community can gain specialty-specific insight into the multidisciplinary approach to metabolic disease. Experts from across the globe will present sessions focusing on current and emerging best practices for the management of obesity, diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, pediatric metabolic diseases, PCOS, and the impact of these metabolic disorders on renal and COVID outcomes. 

All physicians see these conditions, which are often not captured or underdiagnosed. We aim to bring attention to these common disorders and the need to identify those at the highest risk early.

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Frank R. Burton, M.D. Memorial Lecture Series

Frank R. Burton, M.D. was a well-regarded expert in pancreatic disease. As a faculty member of Saint Louis University’s Division of Gastroenterology, he spent 25 years researching the pancreas. He was a founding member of the National Institutes of Health-funded North American Pancreatitis group and of a yearly conference aptly named PancreasFest. This memorial lecture is designed to continue his legacy of demystifying and examining pancreatic conditions and will return on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2024.

Best of the AASLD/ACG

Saint Louis University hosts an annual course to review updated information from data presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting and the national American Association of the Study of Liver Diseases Meeting. This program is designed to address the professional practice gaps in all six competencies, including patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. Objectives:

  • Evaluate the impact of new strategies for treatment of fatty liver disease
  • Discuss the updates in autoimmune liver diseases evaluation and management
  • Evaluate the role of sarcopenia frailty and its impact on liver transplants
  • Interview the guidelines on the use of non-invasive assessments of liver fibrosis and in chronic diseases
  • Provide updates in the management of disorders of the brain-gut axis
  • Discuss the expanding treatment options for inflammatory gastrointestinal disease, including IBD
  • Summarize the latest therapy recommendations for motility disorders
  • Review advances in pancreaticobiliary disease

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