Panel on inflammatory bowel diseases set for Dec. 12 at the GJCC

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by tgregory

The Gordon Jewish Community Center will host a panel on inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) next month as part of a series on health and wellness. 

“IBD: What Everyone Needs to Know,” will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 and is free and open to the public. The panel will include Dr. David A. Schwartz, a gastroenteroligist and professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and director of its Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center,  and social worker Caitlin McGinnis.

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable conditions that attack the digestive system.

They afflict about 1 in every 200 people, and American Jews of European descent (Ashkenazi) are four to five times more likely to develop IBD than the general population.  •