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Pediatric Malnutrition Diagnosis and Treatment: Are We Falling Short?

Conference Description
The Annual Southeastern Neonatal/Pediatric Nutrition Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina is designed to provide updated, advanced and practical approaches to contemporary issues in pediatric and neonatal nutrition. This activity will provide unique opportunities to learn, share and investigate new ways of assessing and managing pediatric patients with complex nutritional needs.

Conference Summary
Pediatric malnutrition is a disparity between intake and nutrient requirements resulting in cumulative deficits in energy, protein, or micronutrients that may negatively affect growth and development. This conference will review measures used to diagnose, assess and identify possible etiologies of malnutrition. Through a multidisciplinary approach, attendees will learn key causes, challenges, improvements in treatment and the impact of malnutrition.

Conference Objectives
After completing this activity attendees will be able to:
1. Diagnose malnutrition
2. Identify the social, psychological and environmental causes of malnutrition
3. Describe evidence-based methods for prevention and treatment of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies
4. Identify general and disease-specific nutrition concerns and their effects in the infant, childhood, and adolescent

Target Audience
Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Neonatal/Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioners, General Medicine,
Pediatric Gastroenterologists, Dietitians,Nutritionists, RNs, LPNs, APRNs, Physician Assistants and Pharmacists

Conference Agenda


Thursday November 8, 2018     

12-1:00 pm Box lunch and registration
1:00-1:15 pm  Welcome and Overview
Robert “Chip” Williams, MD
1:15-2:15 pm Multidisciplinary Assessment and Behavior treatment of Children
with Feeding Disorders
William G. Sharp PhD
Director, Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Associate Professor, Division of Autism and Related Disorders &
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Emory University School of Medicine
2:15-3:15 pm

Identifying and treating malnutrition using a multidisciplinary approach
Susanna Y. Huh, MD MPH
Director, Growth and Nutrition Program
Associate Director, Center for Nutrition
Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Boston Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

3:15 - 3:45  pm  Break
3:45-4:45 pm Start to finish: diagnosing malnutrition from preterm infants to Adults
Patricia Becker, MS, RD, CSP, CNSC
Pediatric Nutrition Specialist
Blue Ash, OH
4:45-5:00 pm Review Summary and closing statements
5:30-6:30 pm Cocktails/Snacks/Vendors on display in lobby
6:30- 7:30 pm Keynote Lecture
We Really are What We Eat - Probiotics, Prebiotics and the Microbiome’s Role
in Child Health and Disease
Benjamin D Gold MD, FACG, FAAP
Gi Care for Kids, LLC
Children’s Center for Digestive Healthcare, LLC
Atlanta, GA
7:30-9:00pm  Dinner and Networking

Friday, November 9, 2018

7:30-8:00 am Breakfast and Registration
8:00-8:15am Welcome and Overview       
Robert “Chip” Williams, MD
8:15-9:15am Identifying Pediatric Malnutrition Using Nutrition Focused Physical Exam
Pediatric Dietitian
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
University Hospitals Solon Health Center
Solon, OH
9:15-10:15 am Food Insecurity, Public Policies, and Child Health and Development          
Deborah A. Frank, MD
Director, Grow Clinic for Children
Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Boston MA
10:15-1045 am Break
10:45-11:45 am Early Life Nutrition and Brain Development
Michael K. Georgieff , MD
Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Chair
Professor in Pediatrics and the Institute of Child Development
Head, Division of Neonatology
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Development
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Minneapolis, MN
11:45-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-1:45 pm Improve Care Now: Partnering with the Patients and Colleagues to Improve Outcomes for Children Living with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.
Sandra C. Kim, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Co – Director, Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Childrens’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Pittsburg, PA
1:45-2:45 pm “It’s Alimentary My Dear Watson” – Dietary Approaches to Disease Management in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Benjamin D Gold MD, FACG, FAAP
2:45-3:15 pm  Break
3:15-4:15 pm  The Grow Clinic and the Nutrition Prescription
Emily Sylvester, MS, RD, LDN, CLC
Pediatric Dietitian, The Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA
4:15-4:30 pm Review, summary and closing statements

Conference Exhibitor Partners

Neonatal Care

Coastal Carolina Neonatology

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Neonatal Transport

NICU Family Resources

NICU Follow-Up Clinic


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Pediatric Inpatient & Newborn Services

Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinics


Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital



NHRMC Foundation

NICU Family Resources



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