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Community Education and Events

Upcoming Events

Nutrition for Common Digestive Disorders

For common digestive conditions, such as diarrhea, constipation, gas/bloating and acid reflux, simple changes to the diet can help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for patients. Nancee Jaffe, registered dietitian, will provide simple dietary and lifestyle tips to help manage these disease states. 


Thursdays, July - December 2015 (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday)

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Location: 10945 Le Conte Avenue (Peter V. Ueberroth Bldg)
Conference Room 1420 (First Floor of Bldg)
Los Angeles, CA 90095
RSVP: 800-516-5323; Limited to 25 attendees
Fee: Free

There are several places to park close to the Ueberroth Building, ranging in price from first, two hours free to $12. Click here to view map »

Misc: 1st Thursday - Diarrhea
2nd Thursday - Constipation
3rd Thursday - Gas/Bloating
4th Thursday - Acid Reflux (GERD)
  For More Information About Our GI Nutrition Program Click Here »


Join us for an informative discussion on one of the causes, diagnosis, management and overall health impact of constipation. Dr. Melissa Munsell, gastroenterolist at UCLA, will share insight to help attendees better understand this common but often overlooked condition.


Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Silverado Beach Cities
514 N Prospect Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-896-3100 or email lglover@silveradocare.com

Fee: Free
  Click here for directions »

UCLA Mini Med School

Mini Med School is a series of lectures for the general public. They feature distiguished professors from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Participants receive an introduction to basic science as it relates to the innovative changes in how we confront medicine, disease, health and aging.

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015
Topic: Interventional Radiology
Faculty: Cheryl Hoffman, MD
Date: Monday, October 12, 2015
Topic: Interventional Cardiology
Faculty: Gopi Manthripragada, MD
Date: Monday, October 19, 2015
Topic: Gastroenterology: Basic Anatomy, Physiology and Common GI Diseases
Faculty: Melissa Munsell, MD
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Ken Miller Auditorium
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503
Cost: $35
Registration: 310-825-9971 (UCLA Extension)

Treating Weight Gain After Bariatric Surgery

Weight gain after bariatric surgery is a common problem that occurs several years after the operation often due to anatomic changes in the stomach and bowel. At this free seminar, Dr. Rabindra Watson will cover the mechanisms of weight gain; how bariatric surgery works; why patients may regain weight after surgery; and the latest minimally-invasive techniques to treat weight regain.

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Kern Co Library - Southwest Branch
8301 Ming Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93311
RSVP: 800-516-5323
Fee: Free
  Click here to learn more about our program  » 

Comprehensive Treatment for Obesity

About 25% of California residents are obese. Obesity is a serious medical disease and it has surpassed tobacco as the number one cause of preventable death in this country. The UCLA Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET) is hosting a community program to discuss the epidemics, medical, dietary and surgical management of obesity and its related morbidities (eg. fatty liver). 

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: The Lundring Events Center
130 Overton Court
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
RSVP: 310-825-7163 or UCLABariatrics@mednet.ucla.edu
Fee: Free
Faculty and Topic: Zhaoping Li, MD - Medical Management of Obesity
Lauren Maddahi, RD - Healthy Diet for the Obese
Simon Beaven, MD, PhD - Fatty Liver Disease
Erik Dutson, MD - Overview of Bariatric Surgery
Yijen Chen, MD - The Clinical Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
  Click here to learn more about the Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET) »

What is the Difference Between Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis?

Vikas Pabby, MD, UCLA gastroenterologist, will discuss the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis, their sympstoms and when to contact a physician. He will also address the role of fiber, nuts and seeds.

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Location: Santa Clarita Family YMCA
26147 McBean Pkwy, Valencia
RSVP 800-516-5323
Fee: Free

Nutrition for J-Pouch Patients

UCLA and CCFA: Los Angeles hosts a support group for J-Pouch patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Nancee Jaffe, MS, RD, will be a guest speaker to discuss dietary management for issues facing patients that have undergone restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch anal astomosis.

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 10:30 am- 12:00 noon
Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Room B124
RSVP: Click Here for More Information and to RSVP »
Fee: Free

Heartburn or Something More Serious?

V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, UCLA gastroenterologist, will discuss heartburn, acid reflux and the rosk of esophageal cancer. Learn about treatment options.

Date: Tuesday, November 17
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

UCLA Medical Center - Santa Monica
1250 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hospital Auditorium

RSVP: (800) 516-5323
Fee: Free

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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