13th Annual Pediatric Specialty Update for the Primary Care Physician - Pediatric Metabolic Health & Nutrition Summit

Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017

Renaissance Hotel Seattle
515 Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98104

The Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit is a two-day, immersive, regional symposium designed to illustrate the connection between what a child eats and the metabolic consequences that will often last a lifetime. Through interactive round-table panels, didactic lectures and demonstrations, an international faculty of experts will present basic nutrition science, describe the prevalence of metabolic disease and its’ causes, debunk key nutrition myths that misinform and prevent progress, discuss best practices, and provide community-based solutions that healthcare providers can implement in their practices. Registrants are encouraged to bring questions and cases for discussion during the panels and Q&A sessions. 

This course is designed for physicians and all allied health professionals who care for pediatric patients in the Western United States, specifically in the following specialties: Pediatrics and Pediatric Subspecialties, Gastroenterology, Bariatric Medicine and Family Medicine.

View more information about this symposium below or select the "Register Online" button to register for this event.

Residents/Fellows/Medical Students, please email Swedish CME to register.

Registration is now CLOSED for the 2017 event.  Information on the 2018 metabolic health conferences is not yet available.


The prevalence of childhood obesity and metabolic disease in the form of prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and lipid disorders is a serious problem that continues to grow at an alarming rate, particularly among ethnic populations. The appearance of diseases in children that previously took a lifetime to develop highlights the urgent need for more effective strategies to promote healthy eating. 

Many clinicians are not adequately prepared to discuss diet and nutrition with patients and their parents/families. The majority of medical schools have no requirements for nutrition coursework.  Those that do require nutrition coursework require an average of just two credits, or the equivalent of one course, about nutrition. Additionally, our understanding of nutritional science and the development of metabolic disease is evolving daily. Conventional thinking is that obesity is the central issue. Eighty percent of the population with obesity do in fact have metabolic disease (57 million). However, what typically isn’t recognized is that forty percent of the population without obesity also has metabolic disease (67 million).  Blind spots such as these prevent practitioners from getting to the root of the problem;  focusing only on symptoms.

Our society has been concerned with nutrition and diet-related disease for decades; however, despite good intentions, our dietary recommendations have only made matters worse. Implementing effective nutrition intervention in a child with metabolic disease requires unlearning previously accepted truths, taking action to prevent the development of metabolic disorders, and managing and reversing those that are already established.



At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

• Describe how dietary trends have led to a pandemic of preventable, chronic metabolic diseases and identify key phases during a child’s development during which meaningful changes in diet and nutrition can make irreversible impacts on gut and immune health 
• Debate the science on the effects of sugar consumption; discuss the barriers to improving population health, and examine the health impacts of reducing sugar consumption of children
• Recognize the health benefits of traditional, unpasteurized foods; demonstrate the simplicity of making kraut at home and discuss ample ways to incorporate kraut and other fermented foods into the daily diet of children
• Discuss the nutritional and metabolic differences between processed and real food; evaluate the impact of processed food on chronic disease and list what providers can do to educate the public about the dangers of processed food
• Describe common patient misunderstandings and industry misinformation about sugar and health and utilize messages to assure patients gain accurate understanding about effects of sugar on health, sources of sugar in the food supply, benefits of reducing sugar consumption and how to cut down on sugar intake
• Recognize environmental challenges that have a negative impact on developing healthy eating habits in children; relate to the struggles of children growing up with a lack of basic food education and support;  troubleshoot with pediatric patients and their families as they learn healthy eating life skills
• Illustrate the importance of first food choices; examine how the first foods recommended during the latter part of the twentieth century contributed to our current childhood obesity epidemic and communicate best first food practices to their patients
• Identify practical and impactful dietary and lifestyle interventions for the prevention and reversal of chronic, metabolic diseases, describe best practices for the interpretation of lab data in the context of metabolic diseases and describe best practices for recognizing when to intervene in obesity-related metabolic disease
• Create new “packable” lunch items that utilize nutrient-rich whole foods, remind patients of the health advantages associated with home-cooked foods and reframe both providers’ and patients’ idea of cooking at home as something beyond a chore and rather an opportunity to practice mindfulness
• Illustrate the impact of obesity and food insecurity on the health of children and list ways in which pediatricians can care for children’s nutritional needs in their offices and communities
• Demonstrate and discuss systemic and community-based solutions to pediatric obesity and metabolic disease to use in provider practice


Accreditation with Commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Prescribed Credits
This Live activity, Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit, with a beginning date of 01/27/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Wolfram Alderson, MS
Founding Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer
Institute for Responsible Nutrition
San Francisco, CA

Nwando Anyaoku, M.D., MPH
Associate Medical Director Pediatrics
Swedish Medical Group
Seattle, WA

Arti Chandra, M.D., MPH
Family Medicine/Functional Medicine Physician
Swedish Medical Group
Seattle, WA

Sandra G. Hassink, M.D., MS, FAAP
Director, AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Center for Child Health & Policy
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

James Krieger, M.D., MPH
Founding Executive Director
Healthy Food America
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Health Services
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA

Cynthia Lair
Adjunct Professor
Bastyr University
Seattle, WA

Leslie Lee, MS, RD, CNSC
Director of Education and Community Engagement
Institute for Responsible Nutrition
San Francisco, CA

Richard Lindquist, M.D.
Swedish Weight Loss Services
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Lenna L. Liu, M.D., MPH
Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA

Robert Lustig, M.D., MSL
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology
Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Aseem Malhotra, MBChB, MRCP
National Health Service
London, England

Julie O’Brien
Nutritional Therapist
Business Owner
Firefly Kitchens
Seattle, WA

Uma Pisharody, M.D., FAAP
Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Swedish Medical Group
Seattle, WA

Kevin Strong, M.D.
Founder & Chief Pediatrician
Community Pediatrician
Pines Health Services
Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics
Tufts Medical School 
Caribou, ME

David L. Suskind, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Clinical Gastroenterology
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Seattle Children's Hospital
University of Washington
Seattle, WA


Swedish CME maintains full control of the context of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias.

Planning Committee

R. Guy Hudson, M.D., MBA, FAAP, Course Chair
Wolfram Alderson, MS
Nwando Anyaoku, M.D.
Melissa Cate, R.N., MN, MBA
Arti Chandra, M.D., MPH
Colleen Dawkins, ARNP, MS, RD, CNSC
Leslie Lee, MS, RD, CNSC
Uma Pisharody, M.D., FAAP
Julie Taraday, M.D.
Caye Boosalis, MEd, CME Manager
Michelle Low, CME Specialist
Rose Mullins, CME Specialist, Sr.


  Advance Registration 
MD/DO   $440*
Allied Health Professional  $220* 
Residents, Fellows and Medical Students, please email Swedish CME to register. 
 *After January 17 add $30 to the Advance Registration pricing

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by the "Advance Registration" deadline will receive a confirmation letter after January 18, 2017. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment. Please note: No registrations are accepted by phone or email. 

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Friday, January 20, 2017. 

Special Needs
If you have special needs, please contact the CME office at CME@swedish.org or 206-386-2755. 

Registration Fees
The fee for this course includes catering, all instruction materials, online syllabus access and a certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 


Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison St. 
Seattle, WA 98104

Driving Directions:
From the south, take I-5 N and take exit Madison St/Convention Center. Merge onto 7th Ave, then turn left onto Madison St. 

From the north, take I-5 S and take exit 165/James Street. Turn left onto Cherry Street. Turn left onto 7th Ave, then turn left onto Madison St. 

Limited, on-site, valet parking will be available for conference participants for $32/day. Public parking lots are located near the hotel at 5th Ave between Madison St. and Marion St., or on 4th Ave between Spring St. and Madison St. The Sound Transit Light Rail Pioneer Square Station is 0.2 miles from hotel.

Hotel Accommodations
A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel at a discounted rate of $159/night plus tax.