Patients with chronic GI health conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) often have complex treatment plans that require multiple medications. They may also have other health conditions like heart, kidney or liver disease that require several medications in addition to the medications prescribed by their gastroenterologist. In this episode Gastroenterologist Dr. Tauseef Ali and Clinical Pharmacists Carrie Breeden and Sarah Elkoubysi from SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma, explain the vital role clinical pharmacists play as members of the GI healthcare team. They provide eye-opening insight on how clinical pharmacists work with gastroenterologists and help patients fully understand their treatment options; the benefits and potential side effects of the medications they are being prescribed; and how these medications may interact with other lifestyle considerations, like diet, smoking and alcohol use.
Dr. Tauseef Ali is a consultant gastroenterologist at SSM Health Saint Anthony Hospital. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma in the section of Digestive Disease and Nutrition and adjunct faculty at Oklahoma State University. He is the chief of the Gastroenterology Section at SSM Health Saint Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma, where he also serves as director of IBD clinical and research program. Dr. Ali graduated from King Edward Medical College, Pakistan. He completed his internal medicine residency (2006) and Gastroenterology fellowship (2009) program from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He was also selected as the CCFA visiting IBD fellow at the University of Chicago (2008).
His clinical interest includes Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He was the recipient of the AGA Bridges to Excellence Award to provide quality service to IBD patients. He is the author of Crohn’s and Colitis for Dummies book by Wiley Publishers. He is a fellow member of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and has served on ACG International Relations, Training, Educational Affairs, Bylaws, membership and Public Relations Committees. He is currently serving as the Chair of the ACG PR Committee. He has been the recipient of the ACG United States and World Gastroenterology Train the Trainers Program Travel Award. He has served as section editor for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the ACG Self-Assessment Test subcommittee. His research interest is in sleep-related disorders in IBD patients. He is member of ACP, AGA, and CCF. He is an active member of the Govt. and Industry Affairs Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. He is recognized as the community leader and moderator for the ACG and CCFA IBD Circle, an online physician discussion forum. He regularly tweets through is educational twitter accounts @ibdtweets and the founder and moderator of social media international ibd journal club (@ibdclub). Dr. Ali is currently serving as the American College of Gastroenterology Governor for Oklahoma Chapter.
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