Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Webinar on Irritable Bowel Disease

Below is information about an upcoming Webinar being hosted by the Cleveland Clinic on pediatric Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBD. This is a general seminar, thus the presenters have no specialization in Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome, Still, I suspect parents, teens and young adults might learn something they can use. Just always be aware in situations like this to check what you learn with your own doc and someone who understands your bleeding disorder.

That being said, if you choose to participate, please do us a favor. Ask questions, and when you do, please identify yourself as the parent of a child with Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome or someone with Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. Say the whole thing. When we participate in events like this, it's a small opportunity to make the GI world aware that we are indeed out here! And hey, we need help too!

Here's the info:
Understanding and Managing Your Child’s IBD

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

Kadakkal Radhakrishnan MD

•Pediatric Institute

•Pediatric Gastroenterology

•Director of Nutrition and Intestinal Rehabilitation

•Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

Inflammatory bowel disease is a group of disorders that cause chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common forms of IBD, affecting nearly 2 million Americans. Both cause symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, blood in the stool and weight loss. The disease can appear at any age, although it is rare in babies and very young children. The majority of patients are diagnosed with IBD at age 10 or older.

At Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, we understand children and their families require the best medical care in the world delivered with a large dose of compassion. That’s why we put kids with IBD and their families first. Many things set our Children’s Hospital apart from other pediatric facilities. For one, we have one of the largest pediatric GI centers in the country, treating nearly 10,000 patient visits annually. Our team includes 12 pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric surgeons, behavioral medicine specialists and nutrition experts, who focus on helping relieve symptoms, manage chronic abdominal pain and understand the benefits of complying with treatment.

Moreover, the Children’s Hospital is an integral part of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. That means that our pediatric specialists are able to communicate easily with their adult counterparts, and help in transitioning care for young adults. This gives young patients and their families access to the expertise of internationally known pediatric and adult specialists, and to the state-of-the-art technology that only a large institution can provide. This is vitally important in a chronic disease such as IBD, where patients require care for life. Most of our IBD patients stay with their Cleveland Clinic pediatric gastroenterologist through their college years, but they are welcome to transition to an adult gastroenterologist at any time. When the time is right, we help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, MBBS, MD (Peds), DCH, MRCP (UK), MRCPCH, FAAP, is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Cleveland Clinic. He was born in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Dr. Radhakrishnan has been on Faculty in the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Cleveland Clinic since June 2006. He also has joint appointment as Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Radhakrishnan's areas of interest involve liver disorders in children, care of children after liver transplantation and small-bowel transplantation. He also has an interest in metabolic disorders involving the liver and care of gastrointestinal manifestations in children with metabolic disorders. Dr. Radhakrishnan, however, follows all types of pediatric gastroenterology problems in his clinic. He also performs upper and lower endoscopy and endoscopically places gastrostomy feeding tubes. In conjunction with Dr. Sumit Parikh from Pediatric Neurology, he runs the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Clinic for children.

Dr. Radhakrishnan completed his basic medical training at Medical College Trivandrum, Kerala, India, in 1992. He subsequently trained in pediatrics at S.A.T Hospital affiliated with the Medical College Trivandrum, India. Dr. Radhakrishnan underwent further training in pediatrics in the United Kingdom for over 4 years, and after passing his Pediatrics Board was made a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and Member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH). Dr. Radhakrishnan is board-certified in pediatrics in the United States after completing his residency at Cleveland Clinic. He completed fellowship training in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology at Cleveland Clinic and is also board certified in pediatric gastroenterology. His pediatric experience spans over 17 years, and he has over 6 years of pediatric gastroenterology experience.

Dr. Radhakrishnan is a keen teacher involved in the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows. He was voted by the pediatric residents at Cleveland Clinic as Staff Teacher of the Year for 2007. Dr. Radhakrishnan's research areas include liver disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.

Join us as Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan answers your questions on a variety of questions regarding the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of IBD in children and teens.

This Health Chat will open on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.

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