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Digestive Disease Nursing Symposium

Digestive Disease Nursing Symposium:

Get on Tract: The Ins and Outs of the Digestive System

Friday, September 12, 2014


InterContinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

We will host a day of clinical education addressing numerous aspects of care as it relates to the digestive disease patient. Concurrent sessions will address surgical, medical and alternative care to enhance nursing practice and positive patient outcomes. Sessions are designed to take you on a patient journey with multidisciplinary approach to provide the nurse with clinical knowledge, innovative strategies to enhance their role and a take home message to invigorate their practice.

The Digestive Disease Institute Mission:
To serve as the model institute at Cleveland Clinic by sharing strengths and applying best practices through diverse cohesive leadership.

The Digestive Disease Institute Vision:
To lead globally in promoting digestive wellness and restorative care.

Save the Date

September 18, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio

General Information

Cleveland Clinic's Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence
Office of Nursing Education & Professional Practice Development

Conference Location

Intercontinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH, 44106
United States

Contact Information

Samantha Miller
Phone: 216.444.0295

Travel and Accommodations

Intercontinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH, 44106
United States

Hotel Cost: $189 a night plus tax. The rooms are reserved under 'DDI Nursing'.

Guests will make individual reservations directly with Hotel Reservations no later than 5 p.m. (ET) on August 11, 2014 by calling 216.707.4000 or toll-free 877.707.8999. In order to receive the Group Rates, guests must identify themselves as CCF Event participants when making reservations

Cancellation: Individual guest reservations must be canceled by 4 p.m. (ET) on the day prior to the scheduled arrival date to avoid a no-show charge.

Intercontinental Hotel Suites
8800 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
United States

Rates can be less at this hotel. Please call hotel reservations at 216.707.4300 if you would prefer to stay at this location instead of the host hotel.


From the Southeast or East

Take I-80 West to I-480 (exit 187), or take I-480 West to I-271 North (do not use express lanes) to the Cedar Rd. exit.
Turn right on to Cedar Rd.
Take Cedar to Carnegie Ave. (approximately eight miles).
Take Carnegie Ave. west.
The Intercontinental Hotel is approximately ½ mile down on the right.

Or take I-90 West to Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.(MLK) exit.
Turn left on to MLK.
Take MLK to E. 105th St. and turn right on Carnegie Ave.
The Intercontinental Hotel is 2 blocks down on the right.

From the West

Take I-90 East to Carnegie Ave. exit and turn right.
Follow Carnegie Ave. 2.5 miles to the Intercontinental Hotel, which will be on the left.

From the South or Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Take I-77 or I-71 North to downtown Cleveland.
I-77 and I-71 merge with I-90 East. Take I-90 East to Carnegie Ave. exit and turn right.
Follow Carnegie Ave. 2.5 miles to the Intercontinental Hotel which will be on the left.

Parking Information

Parking is available to all attendees in the 100th Street garage at the corner of Carnegie Avenue. Once parked, cross over the skyway to the 3rd floor to the hotel.

For more information, please contact:
Samantha Miller


Friday, September 12, 2014
7 a.m. Breakfast and Registration - Exhibits, Art Display
7:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Susan Beam, MBA, BSN, RN
8 a.m. Value Based Healthcare - What's this have to do with you?
Shannon Connor Phillips, MD, MPH, FAAP
9 a.m.

Session I - "Let's Start from the Very Beginning"
(Esophageal Disease)
Moderator: JeanMarie Campana, BSN, RN
Speakers: Sarah Wright, BSN, RN & Sudish Murthy, MD, Phd

9:45 a.m. Break (20 Minutes) - Exhibits, Art Display
10:05 a.m. Session II - Get The Juices Flowing: Common Gastric Issues
Moderators: Sheila Fansler, BSN, RN & Mike Bess, RN
Panelists: Deanne Nash, RN, CCRP & Ryan Plescia, PA-C
10:50 a.m. Session III - #TeamTumor: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Moderator: Shannon Rives, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Panelists: Federico Aucejo, MD; K.V. Narayan Menon, MD;
Abraham Levitin, MD; Laurie Wingenroth, BSN, RN; Lisa Taylor, BSN, RN
11:35 a.m. Lunch N Learn - 
Nurses Role in Identifying Patients at Nutritional Risk
Jeanmarie Campana, BSN, RN
12:45 p.m. Session IV - Gut Instincts: Short Gut Syndrome
Moderator: Justin Williams, BSN, RN
Panelists: Tracy Rock, MSN, CNP; Marisa Scalish, MPAS, PA-C, Michael Spinner PharmD; Lisa Moccia, RD, LD, CNSC
1:30 p.m.

Session V - The End is Near (Colorectal Disease)
Moderator: Bruce Robinson, RN
Panelists: Bruce Robinson, RN; Ron Charles, MD;
Bethany J. Bandi, MPAS, PA-C; Jillian Kawalek, RN

2:15 p.m. Break (15 Minutes) - Exhibits, Art Display
2:30 p.m. Session VI - WOCN - Pouching Survival Skills/Tips and Tricks
Moderator: Ron Rock, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Presenters: Donna DeChant, BSN, CWOCN & Amanda Liptak, BSN, RN, CWOCN
3:15 p.m. Nursing Law and Delegation
Cheryl O'Brien BSN, RN, JD
Senior Counsel, Law Department
4:15 p.m. Talking Trauma; What You Need To Know
Moderator: Ron Rock, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Panelist: Michael Samotowka, MD
5 p.m. Adjourned

Course Director

  • Susan Beam, MBA, BSN, RN
    Nursing Director for the Digestive Disease Institute

Planning Committee

  • Lydia Booher, MSN, RN, ACNS
  • JeanMarie Campana, BSN, RN
  • Beth Christoff, BSN, MBA
  • Sheila Fansler, BSN, RN
  • Mallory McMaster-Ullman
  • Samantha Miller
  • Shannon Rives, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
  • Bruce Robinson, RN
  • Ronald Rock, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
  • Justin Williams, BSN, RN
  • Mary Younan, MBA

Cleveland Clinic Faculty

  • Federico Aucejo, MD
  • Bethany Bandi, MPAS, PA-C
  • Mike Bess, RN
  • Ron Charles, MD
  • Donna DeChant, BSN, CWOCN
  • Jillian Kawalek, RN
  • Abraham Levitin, MD
  • Amanda Liptak, BSN, RN, CWOCN
  • K.V. Narayan Menon, MD
  • Lisa Moccia, RD, LD, CNSC
  • Sudish Murthy, MD, Phd
  • Deanne Nash, RN, CCRP
  • Cheryl O’Brien BSN, RN, JD
  • Shannon Connor Phillips, MD, MPH, FAAP
  • Ryan Plescia, PA-C
  • Tracy Rock, MSN, CNP
  • Michael Samotowka,MD
  • Marisa Scalish, MPAS, PA-C
  • Michael Spinner PharmD
  • Lisa Taylor, BSN, RN
  • Laurie Wingenroth, BSN, RN
  • Sarah Wright, BSN, RN

Cleveland Clinic Enterprise is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Exhibitors & Vendors

We are accepting exhibitors at this time. Exhibitor registration is online.
Exhibitor Package - Standard $750 includes:

  • 1 day of exhibit space
  • 6 ft tabletop display only/ Linen and skirting/ 1 chair
  • Assigned location (first come, first served basis)
  • Additional Exhibitor Fees (standard electric, power strip, easel) waived
  • 2 Exhibitor Badges (additional exhibitor badge cost is $50 each; meals provided to all exhibitors)
  • Attendee Roster and Statistics

Exhibitor badges do not include registration to the course. Additional marketing opportunities available.
For more information, please contact:

Beth Christoff
Institute Education Manager for Digestive Disease Institute
Phone: 216.445.2809

Exhibitor Registration

Registration Information

Registration for this event is now closed.

Conference Fees Rates
Cleveland Clinic Employee $125
Non-Cleveland Clinic Employee $150
Full-Time Student $100