Managing Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Optimizing Patient Outcomes Through Nutrition

Program Date: June 2013
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEU

Course Objectives:

  • Describe Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), including how to diagnose, recognize symptoms related to feeding dysfunction, and perform diagnostic tests.
  • Review the body of evidence supporting the role of nutrition therapy for improved patient outcomes.
  • Discuss current treatment practices and/or recommended protocols for EoE and the side effects associated with each treatment option.
  • Identify the 3 diets that can be used as therapy for EoE, including their benefits and considerations.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 2060, 2070, 3000, 5070, 5090, 5110, 5220
  • Media Format(s): Video (English)
  • Run Time: 56 Minutes

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Chris A. Liacouras, MD

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pittsburg
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Liacouras is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Attending Gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Office and the Exton Specialty Center for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1998, he established both a national and international reputation for his work in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and its therapy. Prior to 1996, this was completely uncharted ground. Since that time, Dr. Liacouras has performed innovative and clinically important research in this area. He has become known as one of the leading world experts on this disease. He has written a chapter on EoE in every major Pediatric Gastrointestinal textbook published. He has established a number of clinical studies and, at the present time, has authored over 45 papers and 50 chapters. Dr. Liacouras is on the medical advisory board of an independent organization known as the American Partnership fo Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED) and most recently, he has helped to develop a Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disorders at CHOP. In addition, he served as a Co-Chair for the First International Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Research Symposium (FIGERS) held in October 2006 where guidelines, new information, and research were discussed. Dr. Liacouras was the lead author for the consensus recommendations for children and adults paper that was originally published in 2007 and then updated in 2011.


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