Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

The Lawrence J. Brandt Lecture on Gas, Bloating and the Intestinal Microbiome

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, October 24, 2013

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Satish S.C. Rao, MD, PhD, FRCP
Section Chief, Gastroenterology/Hepatology
Fellowship Program Director
Director, Digestive Health Center
Georgia Regents University
Georgia Regents University

The Lawrence J. Brandt Lectureship established by Franklin Davidson

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr Satish Rao is one of a rare breed of academicians who has excelled as an outstanding researcher, distinguished educator and as a Master Clinician. Dr. Rao's research interests focus on the pathophysiology and treatment of IBS, food intolerance particularly fructose intolerance, constipation and fecal incontinence and visceral pain, particularly esophageal chest pain. He has pioneered several new techniques of evaluating esophageal, gastric, colonic, and anorectal function, in particular the brain-gut axis, has received several patents and pioneered the technique of biofeedback therapy for dyssynergic defecation. He is currently investigating the neurobiologic mechanisms of biofeedback therapy and pioneering new treatments for fructose intolerance.

Dr. Rao has received numerous international awards including the AGA-SKF Clinical Research Award, ACG Clinical Research Award and a GI/Nutrition Clinical Research Award from Central Society of Clinical Research. He is the only physician to date who has received all 3 meritorious honors from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the AGA Distinguished Clinician Award, AGA Masters Award for Outstanding Clinical Research and the AGA Distinguished Educator Award. In 2005, he also received the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Auxiliary Research Award, the highest research award from ACG, and in 2007 the ACG Novartis Motility research award for the best research paper. In 2009, he was awarded the International Foundation for Functional GI disorders Senior Clinical Investigator Award. In 2010, he received the most distinguished honor from University of Iowa, University of Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. Also in Hyderabad, in 2010 he delivered "Dr PN Chuttani Oration", the most prestigious and highest honor from the Indian Society of Gastroenterology.

A productive, federally funded investigator and sought-after speaker, Dr. Rao has edited several books, Disorders of the Anorectum (2001), Anorectal and Pelvic Floor disorders (2008) for Gastroenterology Clinics of North America, Gastrointestinal Motility- Tests and Problem-Oriented Approach and GI Motility Testing-a Laboratory and Office Handbook (2010,Co- editor). He has published over 300 articles and is a reviewer for major international journals. He is an astute clinician with an international reputation and has been selected as one of the "Best Doctors in America" and as America's Top Doctors for over 15 years. He has mentored several Physicians from across the world, many of whom are leaders in their own countries.

Dr. Rao is a member of several distinguished medical and research societies. He is past President of the American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society. He is a highly sought-after physician, and patients travel far and wide and from all over USA and abroad to seek his expertise in managing difficult neurogastroenterological and motility problems.

Dr. Rao received an MD from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India, a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK, and a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in London, UK, in 1997. He completed his training in internal medicine at several academic centers in UK and a clinical research fellowship in gastroenterology at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, University of Sheffield, UK. Having spent 20 years at Iowa where he was Professor of Medicine and Director, Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility and Biofeedback Program, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Dr Rao recently moved to the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA where he is Professor of Medicine, Iowa City, Dr Rao recently moved to the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA where he is Professor of Medicine, Section Chief, Gastroenterology/Hepatology and Founding Director, Digestive Health Center.

Objectives: Objectives: After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how, why and where gas is produced in the gut
  2. Discuss the pathophysiology and clinical syndromes associated with the complaints of gas and bloating
  3. Explore diagnostic tests (breath tests) for this problem
  4. Formulate a rationale plan of management including FODMAP diet
  5. Discuss role of intestinal microbiome

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Host: Division of Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases (Department of Medicine)

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