Raising the Bar in the Care of Patients with Crohn’s Disease: Evidence-Based Strategies for Improved Outcomes – Journal Club




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Supported by an educational grant from Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.


Over the past several years, improved disease understanding and advances in therapeutic options have led to a substantial shift in approach to the management of Crohn’s disease (CD). Rather than focusing solely on symptom control, current treatment algorithms now emphasize early intervention and the achievement of full disease control, with an eye toward preventing disease progression, and avoiding bowel damage and disability. In addition, healthcare providers must also be equipped to identify appropriate disease measures for accurately gauging therapeutic success and select optimal treatment from what has become an expansive range of options spanning traditional agents to advanced targeted therapies.


Aline Charabaty, MD, AGAF, FACG
Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Clinical Director, GI Division
Director, IBD Center
Sibley Memorial Hospital
Washington, District of Columbia


Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD
Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota


Sultan Mahmood, MD (Chair)
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Co-Program Director, GI Fellowship Program
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York


Release date: November 10, 2021
Expiration date: November 10, 2022
Estimated time to complete activity: 60 minutes



This educational activity has been designed to meet the needs of gastroenterologists, gastroenterologists in training, surgeons, subspecialists including dieticians and psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other healthcare team members involved in or interested in the care of patients with CD.


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Target objective measures of disease activity to prevent disease progression, bowel damage, and disability in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Utilize clinical trial, evidence-based guidelines, and comparative effectiveness research on approved treatments to appropriately position therapy for patients with CD

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Aline Charabaty, MD, AGAF, FACG
Consulting Fees: AbbVie, Janssen, Pfizer, Takeda

Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD
Consulting Fees: AbbVie, Allergan, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Celltrion, Eli Lilly, Genentech, Gilead, Iterative Scopes, Janssen, Pfizer, Takeda
Contracted Research: AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Genentech, Gilead, Janssen, Pfizer, Robarts Clinical Trials, Takeda, Theravance

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