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The Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute presents an exceptional live educational satellite symposium titled “Dr. Victor Fazio IBD Symposium: Innovations in Medical and Surgical Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease”. This is the 9th Annual Satellite Symposium to Digestive Disease Week® (DDW-2020). The satellite symposium will offer in-depth perspectives on the changing thoughts on surgery for IBD patients. Also featured will be the risks and benefits of biologic and small molecule therapies for improved outcomes, along with expert panel discussions that include the management of medical-surgical IBD cases.  

Target Audience

These activities are directed to gastroenterologists, general surgeons, colorectal surgeons, general internists, residents and fellows in gastroenterology and colorectal surgery, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other associated health care professionals who treat inflammatory bowel disease. We anticipate between 200-250 attendees. This is a Non-CME program. 


  • Appraise the impact of use of biologics and small molecule agents in complex CD or UC, particularly penetrating diseases and small bowel disease in patients with stomas. 
  • Describe diagnosis and management of complex Crohn’s disease (penetrating disease and disease in the small bowel in patients with stomas).
  • Discuss the current evaluation scheme for severe ulcerative colitis when and what medical treatment is appropriate.
  • Discuss pros and cons of aggressive medical therapy and surgery in patients with CD or UC and apply the knowledge to clinical practice.
  • Apply management strategies to minimize medical and surgical adverse sequelae of the selected therapy.
  • Identify common surgical problems and complications after surgery for inflammatory bowel disease and their management