12 Apr, 15 | by Dr Philip J Smith, Frontline Gastroenterology Trainee Editor
After the great success of the Endolive Special #FGDebate with Professor Brian Saunders, we are delighted to announce our next #FGDebate will be lead by Dr Simon Gabe (@simongabe), Consultant Gastroenterologist and Intestinal Failure Specialist, St. Mark’s Hospital, London, on Tuesday 14th April 2015, at 8-9pm GMT and will discuss, ‘Frontline Nutrition: The management of intestinal failure’.
Dr Simon Gabe is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, London. He Co-Chairs the Nationally commissioned Intestinal Failure service at St Mark’s, one of two centres in the UK currently funded to provide this service.
Dr Gabe has a wide clinical experience in the management of intestinal failure, clinical nutrition, home parenteral nutrition and consideration of intestinal transplantation. He co-founded the National Adult Small Intestinal Transplant Forum together with Addenbrooke’s Hospital and has an honorary contract at Addenbrooke’s as a visiting specialist. His academic and research interests include nutrition (parenteral & enteral nutrition in intestinal failure and also with enterocutaneous fistulae), home parenteral nutrition (survival & growth factors), intestinal transplantation and intestinal tissue engineering.
Dr Gabe has been actively involved in BAPEN (British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition), having been Honorary Treasurer, Executive Officer, Chair of BAPEN regional representatives as well as Treasurer of BAPEN Medical. He is now President elect of BAPEN.
Dr Simon Gabe
In advance of the #FGDebate, Dr Gabe says:
“Intestinal failure is increasingly recognised as a clinical condition and is divided into different subtypes. There are a number of different causes and although it is still rare for patients to require long-term parenteral nutrition, it is high cost, very demanding and requires an experienced MDT to manage such patients. There has been a desire to set up an intestinal failure network (HIFNET) in order to develop the service and set standards. Unfortunately, patients in different countries and different regions are managed in very different ways and some are not always offered this life-saving treatment.
This #FGDebate aims to cover the different types of intestinal failure and its causes as well as issues related to the management of intestinal failure. Feeding patients using unused segments of intestine often present practical difficulties. The placement and selection of jejunal feeding tubes are often not straightforward. Parenteral nutrition formulation offers many challenges including different lipid types. New developments are also afoot with small bowel lengthening surgery, the introduction of intestinal growth factors and intestinal transplantation. These exciting areas will be addressed and relevant questions will be answered.”
Join us on Tuesday 14th April 2015, 8-9pm GMT for the #FGDebate