Metabolic Health and Nutrition Across the Life Span

Swedish is proud to announce this symposium will be returning June 9-11, 2022!  Please check back later this year or join our email list for updates on the 2022 event as plans are finalized.

Thursday - Saturday, June 9-11, 2022
Live, Virtual Broadcast and at
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington

This activity is intended for health care professionals and will require advanced registration.  This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Below is information from the last event: June 15-16, 2018

Metabolic Health CMEThis course for health care professionals 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 and ways to disrupt harmful nutritional practices of patients that are detrimental to public health. Each lecture will be followed by a dynamic question and answer session with expert faculty.  To support dietary changes, well-known chefs and cookbook authors will demonstrate how to cook the 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 to provide tips to improve your own health and encourage changes to improve the metabolic health of your patients.

The agenda for each day is jam-packed with informative lectures by world-renowned speakers. Health care professionals that attend will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from faculty who are at the top of their field in metabolic disorders. Don’t miss it!

Intended 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.  

Online registration is CLOSED for the sold out 2018 program. Registration for the 2022 program will be available later this year. 


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.


View Agenda from 2018.  In 2022, we will be expanding to a 3 day event to cover all needed topics.


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.

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credits™.

More information on credit hour options for the 2022 symposium, including CME, AAFP, RD CEs and more, will be available in late 2021.

Faculty 2018

Wolfram Alderson, MS
Hypoglycemia Support Foundation
San Francisco, California

Dale Bredesen, M.D.
Augustus Rose Professor of Neurology
Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Alzheimer’s Disease Program
Neurodegenerative Disease Research
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Founding President and CEO
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
San Francisco, California

Eran Elinav, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR)
The Sir Marc & Lady Tania Feldmann Professorial Chair in Immunology
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot, Israel

Philippe Hujoel, Ph.D., DDS, MSD, MS
School of Dentistry/Public Health
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Cynthia Lair, CHN
Certified Health & Nutrition Counselor
Adjunct Professor
Bastyr University
Seattle, Washington

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

John La Puma, M.D., FACP
Internist, Chef, Author
Founder, Chef Clinic
Co-Founder, ChefMD
Santa Barbara, California

David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Dawn Ludwig
Chef and Author
Boston, Massachusetts

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

Emily Rydbom, CN, BCHN, CNP
GrowBaby, LLC
Asland, Oregon

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
Core Faculty
Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency
Fellowship Director
Swedish Cherry Hill FMR Integrative Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Washington
Senior Faculty
Center for Mind Body Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Jeff Stanley, M.D.
Virta Health
Virta Medical PC
Portland, Oregon

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
Richard Lindquist, M.D.
Nicole Roehrig, MSN, R.N., CPN
Caye Boosalis, MEd, CME Manager
Michelle Eng, CME Specialist, II
Rose Mullins, CME Specialist, Sr.
Danielle Posadas, CME Specialist, Sr.