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Regis Panel Tackles Diverticulitis and Crohn’s Disease

October 16, 2013

Free and open to the public

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with an exploration of diverticulitis and Crohn’s disease on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Upper Student Union Lounge.

The US population is aging, and, for both men and women after age 40, diverticu­lar disease increases every 10 years. Diverticulitis and Crohn’s disease, both inflammatory diseases of the colon, afflict millions of people with seemingly similar symptoms. The causes, however, differ, and the diseases often require different diagnostic tools, treatment and management.

Join Moderator Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, President, Regis College, as she and our panel of experts focus on these digestive tract disorders afflicting so many with chronic discomfort and pain. Come and ask them questions about diverticulitis and Crohn’s disease,


  • Jason Hall, MD, MPH, FACS, Lahey Clinic Department Colon and Rectal Surgery and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Tufts Medical Center
  • Scott B. Snapper, MD, PhD, Associate Chief of Research GI Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital; Direc­tor of Inflammatory Research Gastroenterology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Kristina M. Whiton-O’Brien, MSW, LICSW, Assistant Director, Online Advising and Field Education, Boston Uni­versity
  • Gita Patel, MS, RD, CDE, LD, CLT, Private Practice; Nutrition Consultant, Author, Speaker

Over time, the approaches to these disorders have changed. The symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Crohn’s disease will be analyzed, and nutritional needs discussed. A presenter will share her personal experience with Crohn’s Disease.

The Regis College Leadership Series on Health was established in 2007 by former President Mary Jane England, MD, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The unique series of lectures designed to challenge the community to develop new skills to build awareness of contemporary health and wellness issues and learn to effect positive change. The second fall 2013 event will be held on November 13 and will explore new developments in emergency medicine, technology and tele-health.

Pre-registration by the Friday prior to each event is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Massachusetts Association for Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA. Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact, for the status of social work CE accreditation.

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