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Post Graduate Course: The GI Tract: Select GI Disease States and Associated Nutritional Challenges

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Because the GI tract’s main role in the body is to process foodstuffs in an elegant, coordinated fashion, it is no wonder that diseases of the GI tract can lead to nutritional compromise.  The GI Tract preconference course will tackle some of the more challenging diseases that clinicians face, specifically: postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), high output ileostomies, pancreatic insufficiency, bile acid malabsorption, eosinophilic esophagitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.  Each presentation will provide background information on the problem, followed by practical nutrition interventions.


  1. Describe postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and recognize the nutritional challenges associated with it
  2. Provide the evidence that underlies the use of nutritional therapies in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases
  3. Optimize response of the pancreatic insufficient patient to pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT)
  4. Outline strategies for optimizing nutrition therapy in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE)
  5. Recognize the causes and consequences of bile acid malabsorption
  6. Determine when to enlist diet and fluid recommendations for the patient with high ostomy output and strategically select and dose medications to enhance absorption and decrease stool volume


Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) & GI Dysfunction: Nutritional Implications 

John DiBaise, MD, FACG, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

The Role of Nutrition in the Management of Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 
Berkeley Limketkai, MD, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, Director of Clinical Research, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Considerations in the Treatment of Pancreatic Insufficiency 
Eileen Potter, MS, RD, CF Nutritionist/Center Coordinator, Division of Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Updates and Contentions in the Management of Eosinophilic Esophagitis 
Gillian Gatewood White, RDN, LD, CNSC, Registered Dietitian, Cooper Clinic, Dallas, TX

Bile Acid Malabsorption
John DiBaise, MD, FACG, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

High Output Ileostomy: The Stakes are Higher than the Output 
Carol Rees Parrish, MS, RDN, Nutrition Support Specialist, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

Wrap-up and Summary
Carol Ireton-Jones, PhD, RDN, CNSC, FASPEN, Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Texas Tech University; Good Nutrition for Good Living, Dallas, TX

Carol Rees Parrish, MS, RDN
Carol Ireton-Jones, PhD, RDN, CNSC, FASPEN

CE Credit: 4 hours
Level: Intermediate
UAN:  JA0002345-0000-20-013-L04-P