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Living with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Jean-Paul Achkar, MD

  • Digestive Disease Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Emre Gorgun, MD

  • Digestive Disease Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Arlene A. Escuro, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC

  • Digestive Disease Institute
  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Section of Nutrition Therapy

Have you been recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease? Have you been living with ulcerative colitis most of your life? Do you have questions on treatment or simply how to better manage these chronic conditions on a daily basis? Our experts are here to discuss and provide answers on medical options, surgical treatments and lifestyle aspects like diet and nutrition.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The major types of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The two diseases are often grouped together as IBD because of their similar symptoms. Both can cause symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, blood in the stool and weight loss.

Over 1.4 million Americans suffer from IBD. If you or a love one are suffering with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis and would like to learn more, take this opportunity to chat live with our specialists and get the answers you need.

Cleveland Clinic has developed an international reputation for excellence in IBD including:

• more operations for Crohn’s disease than any other institution, including the bowel-conserving strictureplasty, than any other institution
• performing the world’s highest volume of J-pouch procedures
• the nation’s largest referral center for repairing pelvic pouches
• overseeing 12 disease- and treatment- specific databases
• the Pouchitis Clinic, the first of its kind in the nation
• performing the world’s first laparoscopic proctocolectomy

At Cleveland Clinic, we are dedicated to providing expert diagnosis and the most advanced medical and surgical treatment options available for IBD today. With an IBD Center of Excellence, Cleveland Clinic provides gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, liver and transplant surgeons and nutritionists under one roof. This enables patients to be seen by many specialists, in one day, when needed.

Dr. Achkar works as a clinician seeing patients with complicated inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He has been at the Cleveland Clinic since 1998 and holds the Kenneth Rainin Endowed Chair in IBD Research. He completed medical school and residency at Case Western Reserve University and then did his Fellowship training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His research is focused on identifying the genetic basis of IBD. He also serves as the Program Director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship program at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Gorgun obtained his medical degree from Istanbul University, Istanbul School of Medicine, Turkey. After completing five years general surgery residency training at Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine in Turkey, he moved to the United States. He finished 2 years of research fellowship followed by a year of clinical fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Department of Colorectal Surgery. He moved to New York City for an advanced laparoscopic colorectal fellowship at the New York Presbyterian hospital, Weill-Cornell. In New York he completed an ACGME approved residency at New York Presbyterian hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical College. Dr. Gorgun then also completed an ACGME approved specialty training in Colon and Rectal surgery/laparoscopic surgery at Weill-Cornell and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Gorgun is board-certified in Surgery and his specialty interests focus on minimally invasive and laparoscopic colorectal surgery, robotic colorectal surgery, laparo-endoscopic surgery, rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Dr. Gorgun has numerous publications on IBD surgery and different aspects of colon and rectal diseases.

To make an appointment with Dr. Achkar or Dr. Gorgun, in addition to any of the other specialists in the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.444.7000 or call toll-free at 800.223.2272 ext. 47000. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/digestive.

This Health Chat will open on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 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.