The Digestive Disease Surgical Nursing symposium will be a full day of clinical education addressing a variety of patient topics as it relates to the digestive disease caregiver. This year we are offering Breakout Skills Workshops that will feature:

  • Alternatives to opioids in pain management
  • Liver dialysis
  • Liver chemo port
  • Nursing care of drains and tubes
  • Atypical wounds
  • Curing Type II Diabetes through bariatric surgery

The goal of the conference is to enhance the knowledge of caregivers about these topics so that they are better equipped to care for the digestive disease patient.


  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018


InterContinental Hotel Cleveland
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106



Parking is available in the E. 100th Street/Carnegie Avenue Visitor’s Parking Garage at prevailing rates of $10.00 per day. Valet parking is available at the hotel for an additional charge.

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

Activity Director

  • Debbie Brosovich, MA, RN, Nursing Director, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

Cleveland Clinic Planning Committee

  • Sheila A Fansler, NM
  • Paula Frazier, RN
  • Linda Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN
  • Ronald Rock, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC
  • Shannon Rohr
  • Maya Shamailov, APRN/PA

Cleveland Clinic Faculty

  • Federico Aucejo, MD
  • Talal Adhami, MD
  • Lydia Booher, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, ONC
  • Debbie Brosovich, MA, RN
  • Elizabeth Casserly, PharmD, RPh
  • Michael Cline, DO
  • Judy Landis Erdman, RN, CWOCN
  • Will Gibson, NP
  • Holly Pederson, MD
  • Ronald Rock, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BS
  • Philip Schauer, MD
  • Judith Scheman, PhD
  • Linda Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN


Wednesday, September 26 Conference Agenda
8 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. Welcome Address
Debbie Brosovich, MA, RN
8:10 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Session 1 
  • Chronic Pain: Alternative to opioids (Panel Discussion)
    Judith Scheman, PhD
    Lydia Booher, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, ONC
    Elizabeth Casserly, PharmD, RPh
9:10 a.m. - 10 a.m. Session 2 
  • Type II Diabetes and Bariatric surgery: A cure for type II diabetes?
    Philip Schauer, MD
10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Break/Exhibits
10:20 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Session 3 
  • DX with Breast Cancer, Now What?
    Holly Pederson, MD
11:10 a.m. - Noon Session 4 
  • Complex Hernia
    Will Gibson, NP
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch/Exhibits
1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Breakout 1
  • Nursing care of tubes and drains
    Linda Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN

Breakout 2

  • Motility Disorders
    Michael Cline, DO 
1:50 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Break/Exhibit
2:10 p.m. - 3 p.m. Breakout 3
  • Drains and Tubes – Skills Lab
    Linda Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN

Breakout 4

  • Atypical Wounds
    Judy Landis Erdman, RN, CWOCN
3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Final Session
  • Liver Dialysis & Chemo Ports Session
    Talal Adhami, MD
    Federico Aucejo, MD
3:50 p.m. - 4 p.m. Closing remarks


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

Exhibitors & Vendors

Exhibitors & Vendors

Exhibitor Package – Standard $750.00


  • One day of exhibit space
  • One 6' Table, chair, linen and skirting
  • Two Exhibitor badges (provides admission to education program)
  • Additional Exhibitor Fees (standard electric, power strip, easel) waived
  • Exhibit Location: Allocated
  • Course program booklet, attendee registration list, continental breakfast, breaks and lunch will be provided

Additional marketing opportunities available. For more information, please contact Jean Lucas, lucasj1@ccf.org or 216.444.0295.



  • Registration due by September 21, 2018
  • Full refund if canceled by September 1, 2018
  • $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund if canceled after September 1, 2018 (written notification required)
  • No refunds will be issued after September 25, 2018
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Conference Fees Rates Before August 1, 2018 Rates after August 1, 2018
Registered Nurse $100 $150
Cleveland Clinic Caregiver $75 $125
Student (Pre-licensure) $50 $50