Metabolic Health and Nutrition Across the Life Span

Friday & Saturday, June 15-16, 2018
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington

This course is designed to illuminate the connection between nutrition and its metabolic consequences over the lifespan. Outstanding faculty who are nationally and internationally known will present didactic lectures on how nutrition impacts various systems, metabolic “canaries in the coal mine”, the microbiome, how the American mind has been “hacked” by the food industry, and ways to disrupt harmful nutritional practices that are detrimental to public health. Each lecture will be followed by a dynamic question and answer session.  To support dietary changes, well known chefs and cookbook authors will demonstrate how to cook your way to better health by preparing delicious, healthy dishes at home. A round table discussion with distinguished faculty entitled “Practical Applications You Can Use” will be one of the conference highlights. 

The agenda for each day is jam-packed with informative lectures by outstanding speakers. Those who attend will have the opportunity to interact with faculty who are at the top of their field in metabolic disorders. Don’t miss it!

Target Audience
This course is designed for physicians and all allied health professionals who care for patients in the Western United States, specifically in the following specialties: family medicine, internal and pediatric medicine and their sub-specialties including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gerontology, neurology and obesity medicine/bariatric medicine.

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The prevalence of metabolic disease in the form of pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), lipid disorders and dementia is a very serious problem that continues to grow at an alarming rate. It affects people throughout their lives, from development in utero to old age.  The impact on quality of life through every stage underscores the urgent need for more effective strategies to promote healthy eating and physical habits that will support robust health throughout the lifespan.

Many clinicians are not adequately prepared to discuss diet and nutrition with patients and their families. The majority of medical schools have no requirements for nutrition coursework and those that do require an average of just two credits about nutrition. Further, 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 diagnosing metabolic disease and getting to the root of the problem.

Our society has been concerned with nutrition and diet-related disease for decades, however, despite good intentions, prevailing dietary recommendations have only made matters worse. Implementing effective interventions in patients with metabolic disease requires unlearning previously myths and misunderstandings about nutrition, taking action to prevent the development of metabolic disorders, and managing and reversing that which is already established.



By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
  • Name systems in the body that can help health care professionals predict the potential development of metabolic disease and take steps to prevent it
  • Discuss the impact of metabolic disease on patients and their families, communities and the health care system; and describe the societal cost of metabolic disorders
  • Educate patients on the connection between diet and metabolic disease
  • Encourage patients to prepare and consume foods that promote metabolic health
  • Advocate for better nutrition and nutrition education to improve community health


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 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

AAFP Prescribed Credits
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advance practice certification through both  ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).


Wolfram Alderson, MS
Hypoglycemia Support Foundation
San Francisco, California

Dale Bredesen, M.D.
Co-chairman and Chief Medical Officer
Buck Institute
San Francisco, CA

Eran Elinav, M.D., Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
The Weizmann Institute
Tel Aviv, Israel

Sarah Hallberg, D.O., MS, DABOM
Medical Director
Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program
Indiana University Health
Lafayette, Indiana

Philippe Hujoel, Ph.D., DDS, MSD, MS
Dental Public Health Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Cynthia Lair, CHN
Curriculum Director
Bachelor of Science in
Nutrition and Culinary Arts
Bastyr University
Seattle, Washington

Leslie Lee, MS, RD, CNSC 
Nutrition Educator
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

John La Puma, M.D.
Internist, Chef, Author
Founder, Chef MD
Santa Barbara, California

David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Nutrition
Harvard T.H. Chan
School of Public Health
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dawn Ludwig
Chef and Author
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Robert Lustig, M.D. MSL
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics
Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Eran Segal, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science and Applied Math
Weizmann institute of Science
Tel Aviv, Israel

Tanmeet Sethi, M.D.
Integrative Medicine
Family Medicine with OB
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

Leslie P. Stone, M.D.
Family Medicine
Women’s Health and Obstetrics
Stone Medical, PC
Ashland, Oregon

P. Michael Stone, M.D., MS
Functional Medicine, Primary Care and Nutrition
Stone Medical, PC
Ashland, Oregon

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

Uma Pisharody, MD, FAAP, Course Chair
Wolfram Alderson, MS
Arti Chandra, M.D., MPH
Leslie Lee, MS, RD, CNSC
Caye Boosalis, MEd, CME Manager
Rose Mullins, CME Specialist, Sr.






Allied Health     


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

*After June 4, 2018  add $30 to Advance Registration pricing.

Registration Information
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by Monday, June 4, 2018, will receive a confirmation postcard. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment.

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Friday, June 8, 2018.
Please note: No registrations are accepted by phone or e-mail.

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

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