Strategies for Safe and Efficacious Use of New and Emerging Therapies in HCV

Strategies for Safe and Efficacious Use of New and Emerging Therapies in HCV
2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
May 18, 2015
Expiration Date:
The accreditation for this activity has expired.

Primary Audience:

The intended audience for the activities is gastroenterologists, hepatologists, nurse practitioner and physician assistant HCV specialists, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with HCV.

Relevant Terms:

Hepatitis, HCV, SVR, Interferon-free, Cirrhosis, HIV/HCV Coinfection, Liver Transplant, Genotype 1

Ira Jacobson, MD

Ira Jacobson, MD
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
Vice Chair of Medicine
Mount Sinai Health Care System
Senior Faculty, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Ira M. Jacobson, MD, earned his BS summa cum laude from Yale University in New Haven, CT, and his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. After completing an internship and residency at the University of California, San Francisco, he trained as a fellow in gastroenterology and hepatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 1984, he joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. During his 30 years at Weill Cornell, Dr. Jacobson served as chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology from 1998-2015 and was Vincent Astor Distinguished Professor of Medicine as well as medical director of the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C. In March 2015, he assumed the position of chair of medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and vice chair of medicine and co-director of the Liver Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Dr. Jacobson is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, and American Gastroenterological Association, and he is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the European Association for the Study of the Liver. In addition to maintaining an active practice with a focus on patients with liver disease, he has been an investigator in many trials on antiviral therapy for hepatitis B and C, including pivotal trials on interferon-based therapy since the 1980s. He has been lead principal investigator and author of a number of trials, including the WIN-R trial (weight-based ribavirin with peginterferon), ADVANCE (telaprevir), QUEST-1 (simeprevir), POSITRON (sofosbuvir), and STARTVerso3 (faldaprevir). He has served on the Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology Boards of the American Board of Internal Medicine, as associate editor of the Journal of Hepatology, and as a reviewer for several other journals. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, chapters and reviews, including papers in The New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology, Journal of Viral Hepatitis, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and others. He has edited 2 books on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and a volume on hepatitis B for Clinics in Liver Disease. Since 1982, he has co-chaired the annual Viral Hepatitis Congress in Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Jacobson was recently named co-chief medical editor of HCV Next, a new publication from Slack Incorporated that also appears on

Andrew J. Muir, MD, MHS

Andrew Muir, MD, MHS                    
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
Director GI/Hepatology Research Group
Associate Professor of Medicine      
Department of Medicine                         
Duke University                                                
Durham, NC

Andrew J. Muir, MD, MHS, FACP, attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX for his undergraduate education. He received his medical degree and a master of health sciences degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. He completed his residency in the department of medicine, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Muir also completed fellowships in gastroenterology and health services research at Duke and at the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, respectively. He joined the faculty of Duke in the division of gastroenterology.
Dr. Muir is a gastroenterologist whose research activities are focused on developing innovative treatments for a variety of liver diseases. His specific areas of interest include novel therapies for hepatitis C infection, hepatocellular carcinoma, and African-American patient response to hepatitis therapies, as well as racial disparities and issues affecting access to care in hepatitis C treatment and liver transplantation.
Dr. Muir helped to create the site-based research program in gastroenterology at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), a program he now leads. He has led successful global clinical trials, including several high-profile studies evaluating new therapeutic approaches in patients with hepatitis C infection. As the research group's capabilities continue to grow, Dr. Muir's efforts are centered on integrating the group's capabilities in developing and testing novel therapies with the overarching mission of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute.
Dr. Muir has a long-standing commitment to improving racial and socioeconomic disparities in health care, as evidenced by his work on health inequalities as a senior research fellow at the Duke Center for Health Policy.
Dr. Muir has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. These articles, which have appeared in journals such as Nature, NEJM, Annals of Internal Medicine, Hepatology, and Gastroenterology, include reports evaluating genomics-based strategies for predicting therapeutic response in patients with hepatitis C.
In addition to his achievements as a clinician and researcher, Dr. Muir has also received acclaim for his teaching at Duke, where he has received the Golden Apple Teaching Award, the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Teaching Award, and the Joseph Greenfield, Jr., MD Mentor Award, among many others.

Nancy Reau, MD

Nancy Reau, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Nancy Reau, MD, is associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH, and her medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. She completed her internship, residency, and a fellowship in gastroenterology/hepatology at Ohio State and a fellowship in advanced transplant hepatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Reau is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology.
Dr. Reau is an academic hepatologist and an expert in hepatitis B and C, liver transplantation, and nonalcoholic liver disease. She is the current chairwoman of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Public and Clinical Policy Committee. She has presented numerous invited lectures focused on fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver transplantation. Her research interests focus on viral hepatitis, liver transplantation, and complications of chronic liver disease.

Mark Sulkowski, MD

Mark Sulkowski, MD
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director of the Viral Hepatitis Center
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Mark S. Sulkowski, MD, is professor of medicine and the medical director of the Viral Hepatitis Center in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Gastroenterology/Hepatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.  He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and completed his fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins. 
Dr. Sulkowski has been the lead principal investigator for numerous clinical trials related to the management of viral hepatitis, including those studying novel agents. He is a member of the Hepatitis Transformative Sciences Group of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group. Dr. Sulkowski is also a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the European Association for the Study of the Liver, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is an elected member for the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Sulkowski is widely published with works in Annals Internal Medicine, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of Hepatology, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology. As an invited lecturer, he has presented discussions of the management of viral hepatitis around the world at major national and international medical meetings.
1. Discuss the importance of HCV treatment and achievement of sustained viral response for improvement of hepatic and extrahepatic manifestations in mild as well as severe disease.
2. Apply the clinical evidence to optimize treatment duration, monitoring strategies, and drug-drug interactions for newly approved and emerging interferon-free regimens.
3. Appraise the clinical evidence to determine how to optimize the use of newly approved and emerging interferon-free regimens in special populations of patients including those with decompensated cirrhosis, HIV/HCV coinfection, transplant/post-transplant of liver, renal impairment, and HCV genotype 3.

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences Medical Affairs.

This program is not affiliated with Digestive Disease Week®.

Time Title Speaker
6:30 pm - 6:35 pm Introduction and Pretest Ira Jacobson, MD
6:35 pm - 6:55 pm The Value Proposition of Achieving SVR: Multifaceted Benefits and Managing Resource Challenges Nancy Reau, MD
6:55 pm - 7:20 pm Initial Treatment for a Patient with HCV Genotype 1: Considerations for Interferon-Free Treatment Regimens Ira Jacobson, MD
7:20 pm - 7:45 pm Retreatment When Prior Therapy Has Failed Andrew Muir, MD, MHS
7:45 pm - 8:05 pm Key Points for the Use of New HCV Therapies in Distinct Populations Mark Sulkowski, MD
8:05 pm - 8:15 pm Posttest Ira Jacobson, MD
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Question and Answer  
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Scheduled speakers of "Strategies for Safe and Efficacious Use of New and Emerging Therapies in HCV" on Monday, May 18, 2015 have provided the following disclosure information, which is accurate at the time of launch.
Faculty Member Relationship identified with
Ira Jacobson, MD Consulting Fee: AbbVie, Achillion, Alnylam, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Enanta, Gilead, Janssen, Merck
Speakers Bureau: AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Janssen
Contracted Research: AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Janssen, Merck, Tobira
Andrew Muir, MD, MHS Consulting Fee: AbbVie, Achillion, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Janssen, Merck, Theravance
Contracted Research: AbbVie, Achillion, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Janssen, Merck, Roche, Theravance
Nancy Reau, MD Consulting Fee: AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Janssen, Salix
Contracted Research: AbbVie, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Merck
Mark Sulkowski, MD Consulting Fee: AbbVie, Achillion, Gilead, Janssen, Merck
Contracted Research (paid directly to institution): AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Janssen, Merck
Peer Reviewer Relationship identified with
Joseph K. Lim, MD Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Merck
Contracted Research: Abbott, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Hologic, Janssen
Ronald A. Codario, MD, FACP, FNLA, CCMEP No relevant financial relationship to disclose.
Vindico Medical Education Staff: No relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
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