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Program & Faculty

2019 Summit on Ketogenic Diet Therapies

Friday, September 13

7:00 AM



7:55 AM

Opening Remarks


Session 1: Evolution of Ketogenic Therapies


8:00 AM

Overview of the Ketogenic Diet

Angus A. Wilfong, MD

8:20 AM

Behind the Mechanisms of the Ketogenic Diet: How Does it Work?

Tim Simeone, PhD

8:50 AM

Indications for and Variations of Ketogenic Diet Therapies (KDT)

Beth Zupec-Kania, RDN

9:10 AM

KDT for Seizures & Epilepsy Syndromes

Randa Jarrar, MD

9:30 AM

Revised Pediatric and New Adult Recommendations for KDT from the International Consensus Committee


Session 2: Expanding use of Ketogenic Therapies


10:15 AM

KDT for Traumatic Brain Injury: Emerging Evidence

Joyce H. Matsumoto, MD

10:45 AM

KDT for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Richard Frye, MD

11:05 AM

KDT for Endocrine Disorders (diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity)

Micah Olson, MD

11:25 AM

Metabolic Ketosis for the Adjuvant Treatment of Cancer

Adrienne C. Scheck, PhD

Session 3: Ketogenic Therapy for Critical Care


1:00 PM

KDT for Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus: Where are We Now?

Brian Appavu, MD

1:20 PM

Utilizing KDT in the PICU: TPN, Enteral Feeds, Team Management and Prevention of Unintentional Carbohydrate Exposure (UCE)

Lisa Vanatta, MS, RDN, CSP

1:45 PM

Implementation of KDT in the NICU and Beyond

Laura Dority, MS, RD, LD

2:15 PM

Understanding EEG Reports for the Dietician

Joyce H. Matsumoto, MD

2:30 PM

Keynote Address: Is Ketogenic Metabolic Therapy a Viable Treatment for Brain Cancer?

Kris Smith, MD

3:30 PM





Saturday, September 14

7:00 AM



7:55 AM

Opening Remarks


Session 4: Diving into the Details of Ketogenic Therapy

8:00 AM

Clinical Significance of Lab Monitoring: What Does it all Mean?

Beth Zupec-Kania, RDN

8:30 AM

Nutrient Supplementation: How to Meet the Dietary Recommended Intakes (DRIs) and Why It Matters

Denise Potter RDN, CSP, CDE

9:00  AM

Practical Tips for Nutrition Management and Prevention of Side Effects

Candy Richardson, RD

9:30  AM

Decisions for Tube Feedings: Formula, Blended, Continuous or Bolus or Somewhere in Between?

Christi Wheeler, MS, RDN, CSP

Session 5: Team Approach to Ketogenic Therapy

10:20 AM

Initiating and Monitoring KDT in an Outpatient Model: Infancy to Adolescence

Panel: Lisa Vanatta, MS, RDN, CSP, Diana Larocque, RN,  and Randa Jarrar, MD

10:40 AM

Strategies to Determine Readiness of Patients and Families for KDT: Tools to Improve Compliance

Tava Arnold, PhD

11:00 AM

Help for the Primary Care Physician in Treating Patients on KDT: Acute illnesses, Constipation, Acidosis, Renal Stones

Korwyn Williams, MD, PhD

11:20 AM

Transitioning Pediatric Patients to Adult Providers

Panel:  Joseph F. Drazkowski, MD , Randa Jarrar, MD and Christi Wheeler, MS, RDN, CSP

11:35 AM

EHR Utilization to Prevent Unintentional Carbohydrate Exposure: Experience & Outcomes

Vinay Vaidya, MD

Session 6: Education for Families and Health Care Providers


1:00 PM

Revolutionizing Patient Education in Four Easy Steps

Marj Abele, MSN, RN

1:20 PM

KDT Education for RNs, NPs and Other Healthcare Professionals

Rebecca J. Schultz, PhD, RN, CPNP

1:40 PM

KDT Family Education: Parent Perspective

Lisa Vanatta, MS, RDN, CSP

1:50 PM

Case Study Workshop


3:30 PM





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Contact Information

Christina Casanova, Event Organizer, or 602-933-0923.

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