Post Graduate Course 1: Functional Medicine: The Optimal Approach to Intestinal Disorders


This pre-conference course will provide an introduction to Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine offers a targeted approach to the management and prevention of chronic disease that embodies the art and science of medicine. It integrates current knowledge of how the human body works with patient-centered, science-based clinical care. Functional Medicine digs deep into the root causes of chronic disease, which are affected by lifestyle choices, environmental exposures and genetic influences. It emphasizes the therapeutic partnership which engages the heart, mind and spirit of both the practitioner and the patient, and encourages moments of deep insight that contribute to more comprehensive answers to stubborn and complex medical problems.

Functional Medicine can help nutrition support patients rebalance their body and their health to the extent possible. Just because a patient has lost part of their bowel doesn’t mean they aren’t harming their health by eating the SAD (Standard American Diet) and consuming processed foods and fluids. Any patient, whether they are dependent on enteral feeds or TPN, could benefit from eating a diet that promotes a healthy microbiome and reduces inflammation. Encouraging other positive lifestyle choices, such as adequate sunlight, exercise, stress management and healthy relationships can also be extremely valuable and therapeutic to our patients. This course will give the nutrition support clinician insight as to how the integration of these principles can serve as a guide to help patients live the healthiest life possible.

Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize the paradigm of “food as medicine” in treating patients with intestinal disorders
  2. Describe the current evidence supporting the integration of functional nutrition in improving outcomes in patients with intestinal disorders
  3. Apply functional nutrition to patients with intestinal disorders using an evidence driven, case-based approach 
  4. Integrate functional nutrition into clinical practice 

Faculty and Topics

Introduction to Functional Nutrition
Clinical Practice Approach to Functional Nutrition

Patrick Hanaway, MD

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Gerard E. Mullin, MD, CNSP

Dietary Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dale Lee, MD, MSCE

Prebiotics and Probiotics
Gail Cresci, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC

The Gut Centric Therapy Diet
Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ

Case-Based Functional Nutrition Approach in a Nutrition Support Patient with Gastroparesis
Merin Kinikini, DNP, FNP, RD, CNSC


Gail Cresci, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC

Learning Level: Intermediate
UAN: 0216-0000-17-005-L04-P
CE Credit: 4 hours

This program is held in collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine.

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