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Community Education and Events

Upcoming Events


J-Pouch Support Group

The J-Pouch Support Group was designed for patients to share their experiences, including difficulties and solutions, regarding J-pouch surgery. Physicians and other health care professionals also speak on various topics including diet, probiotics, pouchitis, cuffitis, perianal skin care, vitamin supplements, surveillance, extra-intestinal manifestations and work, life and family relations. Family members are encouraged to attend. The group is sponsored by CCFA Los Angeles Chapter.

Nancee Jaffe, registered dietitian for the UCLA Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic, will be at the February group to discuss nutrition tips and techniques for dealing with loose stool, unintentional weight loss, gas/bloating as well as reducing inflammation.

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Tamkin Auditorium at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
RSVP: No RSVP Needed
Fee: Free
Parking: Parking at hospital is $12
Misc Family Members are Encouraged to Attend
Questions Contact the UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at 855-IBD-UCLA (855-423-8252) or Sandra Montes at the UCLA Colorectal Surgery Department at 310-825-9425

Healthy Gut Series

The Healthy Gut Series is an interactive, activity-centered course that focuses on cultivating a healthy digestive system through nutritional management tools. Nancee Jaffe, registered dietitian for the UCLA Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic, will discuss how to improve bowel habits, avoid reflux, combat gas and bloating as well as understand functional disorders such as IBS and the role of probiotics in digestive well-being. The series includes two classes for two hours each.

Date: Thursday, February 18 and 25, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Conference Rooms 2 & 3
UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, 1250 16th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
RSVP: (800) 516-5323 - Limited Space
Fee: $35 - Checks only accepted on date of event
Discounted rates are not available to attend one evening only
Parking: Street parking at meters or valet parking at the hospital for $12.

For More Information About Our GI Nutrition Program Click Here »

February 18, 2016
Healthy Bowel Habits: Diarrhea, Constipation and the Role of Fiber
Fiber Talk - Types & Foods vs Fiber Supplements
Fluid/Hydration Needs
Tips and Tricks for Healthy Bowel Habits

Avoiding Acid Reflux
Foods to Avoid vs. Foods to Eat for Reflux
Lifestyle Habits and Their Effect on Reflux 

February 25, 2016
Understanding Functional Symptoms and the Brain Gut Axis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Basics and Beyond
Uncovering the Role of Stress in Functional Diseases - The Brain Gut Axis

Combating Gas and Bloating
Explaining What Causes Gas
Basics of the Gut Microbiome and the Role of Probiotics
What To Look for in a Probiotic - Food vs Supplements  


2016 UCLA Women's Conference: Relieving Stress and Finding Balance in a Hectic Life

The free annual Women's Health Conference aims to engage, empower and educate women about important health issues. This year the speakers will discuss stress and its impact on your health. Engage with a community of female peers and experts to help understand and manage stress. 

Topics include: The Biology of Stress (Kirsten Tillisch, MD, Co-director, Neuroimaging Core, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, Division of Digestive Diseases), Introduction to Mindfullness (Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Center), Stress, Exercise and Eating (Elisa Terry, NSCA, CSCS, PRogram Director, UCLA FITWELL Services) and Understanding the Power of Chi Gong (Raina Tsuda, DAOM, LAc, Dipl OM & ABT, CMT, UCLA Center for East-West Medicine)

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm
Location: North Ranch Country Club
4761 Valley Spring Drive, Westlake Village, CA
RSVP: (800) 825-2888 or email access@mednet.ucla.edu
Fee: Free
Parking: Free
Misc Continental breakfast and luncheon included
Questions Contact the UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at 855-IBD-UCLA (855-423-8252) or Sandra Montes at the UCLA Colorectal Surgery Department at 310-825-9425
Flyer Click here to view conference flyer »


Minimally Invasive Treatments for Obesity

Studies show that obesity can be treated with procedures that are less invasive than surgery. Join Rabindra Watson, MD, bariatric endoscopist, as he discusses procedures that may be suitable for patients who do not qualify for traditional bariatric surgery. For those who have seen weight regain after bariatric surgery, Dr. Watson will also discuss a new procedure that can help jump-start the weight loss process. 

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30am
Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Tamkin Auditorium
757 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90095
RSVP: (800) 516-5323
Fee: Free
Parking: $12 at hospital (valet or self parking)
Misc: Click here to learn more about the program »


Past Lectures

Obesity Medicine: Where Are We & Where Are We Going?
Rabindra R. Watson, MD
April 26, 2014

After viewing the video, click here to learn more about treating weight gain after bariatric surgery » 

Gluten Free: Is It Right for You? 
Nancee Jaffe, MS, RD
March 12, 2014
After viewing the video, click here to learn more about our Celiac Disease Program »

Gastrointestinal Cancer  
Vikas K. Pabby, MD, MPH
February 27, 2014

Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
Michael Albertson, MD
February 20, 2014
After viewing the video, click here to learn more about our Celiac Disease Program »    

Celiac Disease Myths and Facts
Jeffrey R. Lewis, MD
February 18, 2014
After viewing the video, click here to learn more about our Celiac Disease Program »  

Obesity Medicine: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?
Rabindra R. Watson, MD
May 23, 2013
After viewing the video, click here to learn more about UCLA Interventional Endoscopy » 

Alternatives to Surgery
Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH
May 6, 2013

Acid Reflux and Barrett's Esophagus Community Lecture - July 28, 2012

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