UA TREAT Program Offers 3.5 CME Educational Course on Lipedema for Providers, Sept. 30

Stages of LipedemaThe Treatment, Research and Education of Adipose Tissue (TREAT) Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will host a free educational course this month that offers 3.5 continuing medical education (CME) credits for health care providers interested in learning more about lipedema—the most common form of adipose tissue disorder (ATD)—how to recognize it and the latest research and treatment options.

The course, “Lipedema | An Educational Program to Recognize, Diagnose and Treat Patients,” will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-noon, in Conference Room 2102 of the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road, Tucson, Arizona 85714. Attendance is open to all clinicians, including physicians, fellows and residents.

Registration is required. To register, email this document— CME Credit Request Form [PDF]—to

Speakers for the course include:

  • Karen Herbst, MD, PhD Drs. Karen Herbst and Bobby Kalb(at right) — director, TREAT Program, UA Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and associate professor, Departments of Medicine and Medical Imaging, UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and Department of Pharmacy Practice-Science, UA College of Pharmacy
  • Elle Ross, DO, PhD, MS —assistant professor, Department of Medicine, and researcher, TREAT Program, Division of Endocrinology, and internist, General Internal Medicine/Inpatient Medicine, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
  • Bobby Kalb, MD (at right) — associate professor, Department of Medical Imaging, UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and clinical director, Abdominal Imaging & MRI, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

Lipdema Course flyer imageFor additional details, view this  flyer [PDF] or refer to this  short syllabus [PDF]. To auto-add this event to your calendar, click here. For any reasonable accommodations that may be required due to disability — such as a sign language interpreter, please call (520) 626-7689.

“These fat disorders are very common but not very well known among providers, especially in primary care,” Dr. Herbst said.

“We want to teach these primary care providers what these disorders are and how to take care of them. Once they find out what a fat disorder is they’ll often say, ‘Oh, I’ve been dealing with this for long time.’ We’ll give them tools that they can employ to better help their patients.”

Lipedema Foundation logoThe TREAT Program was created in 2015 with a generous gift of $1.5 million from Felicitie Daftuar, a UA alum whose donation was through her role as founder and executive director of the Lipedema Foundation—which is a co-sponsor of the course.

ATDs most often affect women and involve growth and retention of fatty tissue, which often starts at key life shifts in the body’s metabolism, such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause. Lipedema is characterized by subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) that collects on the lower body. These sometimes painful fatty tissues cannot be lost by lifestyle changes such as diet or exercise.

If you have ever wondered, “What is lipedema?”… “Why your female patients have a hard time losing weight” …or “How is lipedema different from lymphedema or obesity?”— please, join your clinical colleagues for an interactive and dynamic CME session to continue to expand your knowledge of this disorder which affects an estimated 17 million U.S. women and 370 million women globally.

A lot of progress has been made since the TREAT Program got under way last year, Dr. Herbst noted, with a number of research collaborators affiliating with the program. Particular advances have been made in medical imaging.

“It’s hard to tell fat disorders from regular obesity and, so, we need imaging to help us with that. We are getting very good at it,” she said. “We have what we think is an ultrasound signal for lipedema and are writing that up.

“On MRI, you can see the vasculature very well in the legs but not as easily in the abdomen.  The reason is the vessels are dilated and slow flowing or shifting. But, when we use a certain MRI sequence, known as the Dixon method, we can essentially see these vessels without administering any contrast.”

Top image courtesy of The Lipedema Project.

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09/11/2017 - 11:15am