Digestive diseases affect a vast number of people in the United States, 60 to 70 million people per the NIDDK and NIH. In 2010 data was compiled by the CDC and noted on the NDDIC website that 21.7 million people of the affected individuals were hospitalized due to complications of their respective digestive disease. Currently there is also a massive shortage of gastroenterologists in the state of Utah and across the Mountain West. Fortunately, we are able to provide a gastroenterology service and resource for providers to develop and enhance the capacity to treat and manage their patients with gastroenterology conditions. The AAMC and Center for Workforce Studies completed a study that concluded that in 2012 “332 Physicians Needed Annually to Meet Increased Demand” in Utah, with gastroenterologists listed as a major component of this amplified need.

Over 40 percent of our liver failure and post-transplant recipients live more than 150 miles from the University of Utah Hospital. We create a high quality, cost effective method to provide continuing pre- and post-transplant care for these patients in their local communities. In addition, we can provide guidance for overall liver health from simple nonalcoholic fatty liver disease to steatohepatitis, or NASH.

The GI & Liver Care Tele-ECHO™ meets every Tuesday from 07:30–08:30 MST. We routinely have didactic sessions presented, which are generally posted on our calendar and made available under the video tab following the day of the presentation.

Providers are awarded one hour of Category 1 CME credit for each GI & Liver Care Tele-ECHO™ session attended.

If you are interested in learning more please contact:

Justin Shofner
Program Coordinator
Email: justin.shofner@hsc.utah.edu

Clinic Times

Every Tuesday from 7:30 – 8:30 am MST

Clinical Team

Kathleen Boynton, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Email: kathleen.boynton@hsc.utah.edu

John Valentine, MD
Professor of Medicine
Email: john.valentine@hsc.utah.edu

Terry Box, MD
Medical Director/Hepatologist
Email: terry.box@hsc.utah.edu

Anthony (Tony) Dalpiaz, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist
Email: anthony.dalpiaz@hsc.utah.edu

Justin Shofner
Program Coordinator
Email: justin.shofer@hsc.utah.edu



Clinical Updates

ECHO Date Clinical Update Title Slides Presenter
Jan 26, 2016 Complementary IBD Therapies: What to Recommend? pdf_slides Kathy Boynton, MD
Feb 9, 2016 IBD: A Tale of Inappropriate Behavior pdf_slides Kathy Boynton, MD
Feb 23, 2016 Gastrointestinal Complications of Hypogammaglobulinemia pdf_slides John Valentine, MD
Mar 8, 2016 Imuran Kathy Boynton, MD
Mar 22, 2016 Liver Anatomy and Physiology Terry Box, MD
Apr 5, 2016 Celiac Disease Kathy Boynton, MD
Apr 19, 2016 Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension: Part 1 Terry Box, MD
May 3, 2016 Eosinophils and EoE Kathy Boynton, MD
May 17, 2016 Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension: Part 2 Terry Box, MD
May 31, 2016 Extra Intestinal Complications of IBD Kathy Boynton, MD
Jun 14, 2016 Tests of Liver Function and Injury Terry Box, MD
Jun 28, 2016 Short Bowel Syndrome Kathy Boynton, MD
Jul 12, 2016 Evaluating Liver Masses Terry Box, MD
Jul 26, 2016 Acute vs. Chronic Colitis Kathy Boynton, MD
Aug 9, 2016 Pregnancy and the Liver Terry Box, MD
Aug 23, 2016 Chromoendoscopy Kathy Boynton, MD
Sep 6, 2016 The Liver and Herbal Medicine Terry Box, MD
Sep 20, 2016 IBD and Malignancy Kathy Boynton, MD
Oct 4, 2016 Basics of Hepatitis B Terry Box, MD
Oct 18, 2016 How Do We Prioritize IBD Therapy? Kathy Boynton, MD
Nov 1, 2016 Fatty Liver and NASH: Part 1 Terry Box, MD
Nov 15, 2016 Cellular Trafficking Kathy Boynton, MD
Nov 29, 2016 Fatty Liver and NASH: Part 2 Terry Box, MD
Dec 13, 2016 Fecal Microbial Transplant in IBD Kathy Boynton, MD