C. difficile and FMT Roundtable
January 2019 CE Offering
Mark Davis ND, Andrea McBeth ND, Dominik Mertz MD
Did you know that Clostridium difficile infections afflict more than 500,000 people in the U.S. each year? We’re waging a battle against antibiotic resistant C. diff. Recent evidence implicates a common food additive in worsening virulence. C difficile can harm otherwise healthy young people and is a major cause of death in patients over 65 years old. If it isn’t on your radar yet, it should be. Join Mark Davis ND, Dominik Mertz MD, and Andrea Mcbeth ND, for a panel discussion about all things C.diff. They will discuss the epidemiology, pathogenicity, clinical pearls and application of the exciting technology of Fecal Microbiota Transplant.
1 CE credit per AANP, OANP. Recorded July 17 2018.
Mark Davis ND is full-time faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He’s a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine & licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in Maryland, California, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. His private practices, including the IBD Specialty Center in Maryland and IBD Solution in California, focus on advanced integrative care for adults and children with IBD. Dr. Davis is internationally respected as an expert on fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) and helminths, and is a frequent author and lecturer. He’s on the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal, and the board of directors of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Fecal Transplant Foundation.
Andrea McBeth ND has a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of San Diego. She has done research in various molecular basic sciences for 10+ years. She worked full-time as a research assistant in molecular biology at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute with a focus in bone marrow transplant and genetic engineering before pursuing her ND degree. She graduated from The National University of Natural Medicine(NUNM) with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2017 .
Throughout her education she has been passionate about helping people reduce suffering. Her path has led her to combine her love of basic sciences with medicine in a way that is truly unique. She sees the human body and wellness through the lens of the microbiome. She looks at the connection of the gut’s microbial ecosystem to the brain, immune system, our lifestyle choices and world we interact with. It provides an elegant mechanism of action for all of the beautiful tools naturopathic medicine has to offer. Her company Flora Medicine is focused on bringing naturopathic medicine to assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in conjunction with treating antibiotic resistant Clostridium difficile infection with fecal transplant. She teaches, offers consulting, and runs a local stool bank to provide fecal transplant capsules to patients in need.
Dominik Mertz MD MSc attended medical school and completed his training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in Switzerland prior to moving to Canada to complete a Master Degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University, where he is affiliated with the Departments for Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), and the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Diseases Research. He also serves as the Medical Director Infection Prevention and Control at Hamilton Health Sciences.
His particular research interest is the epidemiology and prevention of hospital-acquired infections including surgical site infections, and antimicrobial stewardship. He published >70 peer reviewed articles to date. He is an associate editor for BMC Infectious Diseases and serves as the first-named editor for the 3rd edition of the book ‘Evidence-based Infectious Diseases’. He is teaching at the undergraduate (MD program), graduate (Health Research Methodology) and postgraduate level at McMaster University.
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