Crohn's & Colitis Patient Education Conference, La Jolla 2019

Start Date: March 30, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Greater San Diego and Desert Area Chapter is proud to offer patients, family, and friends a half day of lectures presented by leading experts in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM

Where: La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (9420 Athena Circle, La Jolla, CA 92037)

Who's Invited? 

Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis patients, relatives, friends, health care professionals & interested parties. 

This program is not accredited for continuing education credits.

Why Should You Attend?

 To learn more about these diseases and how to manage them and 
connect with other people in your community who are affected by IBD.

Tickets: There is a $10 registration fee if you register by Thursday, March 28, 2019. Day of registration will cost $15 per person. If this presents a burden to your family, please contact Tiffany Jordan. 

Parking: Free 

Questions? Contact Tiffany Jordan at or 310-478-4523

9:00-9:30 Registration and light breakfast

9:30- Welcome and introductions

9:45-10:30 - How to See Eye to Eye with Your Doctors - Mazer Ally, MD

10:30-11:15 - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Karen Sothers, MEd, E-RYT

11:15-11:30 - Break

*Breakout Session*

11:30-12:15 - Clinical Trials - Brigid Boland, MD


11:30-12:15 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Surgery But Weren't Afraid to Ask - Samuel Eisenstin, MD

12:15-1:00 - Dietary Management of Common GI Symptoms - Lori Beeken, MS, RD

Mazer Ally, MD

Dr. Mazer Ally earned his Medical Doctor degree from The George Washington University.  After graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Army and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.  He completed his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He has received specialized training in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  After completion of his fellowship, he served as Co-Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, focusing on complex IBD disease management.  As an Army Physician, Dr. Ally has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Squadron Surgeon with the 10th Mountain Division and also has served as a Battalion Surgeon for the 25th Infantry Division. Most recently, he was the Chief of Gastroenterology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI.

In 2017 Dr. Ally joined United Gastroenterology.  Dr. Ally’s interests include Colon Cancer Screening, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Motility, and Eosinophilic Esophagitis.  He has also authored multiple publications and has presented research in multiple national medical conferences in the field of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Eosinophilic Esophagitis.  Dr. Ally’s served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and at the University of Hawaii.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.  He is an active member of the American Gastroenterology Association and of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

His hobbies include running, hiking, surfing, and spending time with his wife and 3 children.

Karen Sothers, MEd, E-RYT

Karen has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine since 2004.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Kansas State University and a Masters of Education in Health and Exercise Science from Vanderbilt University. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT). Karen’s popular guided mindfulness recordings, Sacred Pause and Invitation to Relax, are widely used by corporations, hospitals and individuals. 

For more than 25 years, Karen has dedicated her life to teaching the art and science of mindful living. She blends the time-tested healing practices of meditation, yoga and personal enrichment with the most current research in mindfulness, resiliency and compassion to inspire people to live more fully, and with greater ease and vitality.

Karen can be reached at or

Brigid Boland, MD

Dr. Boland graduated from Yale University and obtained her medical degree from University of California, San Francisco. She then moved to San Diego where she completed her internal medicine residency at University of California, San Diego and stayed on to complete a fellowship in gastroenterology. She spent two years in an immunology laboratory at UCSD, then she completed a yearlong advanced fellowship with a focus on inflammatory bowel diseases under the mentorship of William Sandborn.

She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSD in the IBD Center. She has interests in early drug development and biomarker development. She performs “translational research” in IBD trying to understand how drugs are working and identify early markers of response to therapy. Dr. Boland is the Chair of the Chapter Medical Advisory Committee for the San Diego and Desert Area Chapter. 

Samuel Eisenstein, MD

Samuel Eisenstein, MD, is a colon and rectal surgeon, specializing in the treatment of colon cancer and other intestinal disorders, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. As an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and director of inflammatory bowel disease surgery, Dr. Eisenstein’s research is focused on inflammatory bowel diseases and the association between anal fistulae and Crohn’s disease as well as colon cancer. He is an expert in the surgical treatment of anorectal disorders such as hemorrhoids, fistulas and fissures. 

Dr. Eisenstein performs a variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures including laparoscopy, single-incision laparoscopy, robotic surgery, transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS) and transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS).

Dr. Eisenstein completed his fellowship in colorectal surgery and his general surgery residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. Dr. Eisenstein is board-certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

Lori Beeken, MS, RD

Lori is a Registered Dietitian working both in acute care and Gastroenterology outpatient settings at Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines for the past 12 years. Lori specializes in working with patients with a variety of autoimmune diseases with a primary focus on inflammatory bowel disease. She received her undergraduate education at St. Mary’s College of California, her Master’s in Nutritional Sciences from San Diego State University, and completed her dietetic internship through Loyola University of Chicago. She has been fortunate enough to do research and work alongside Dr. Gauree Konijeti for the past 2 years, with the hopes of shedding light on the profound connection between medical management and nutrition therapy for gastrointestinal diseases.





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La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
9420 Athena Circle
San Diego, California, 92037

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