What IBD Patients Need To Know About Bowel Urgency

Bowel urgency, the sudden and immediate need to have a bowel movement, is a common symptom for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Yet patients with IBD, including Crohn’s disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis, may find it is an embarrassing symptom to talk about with their healthcare providers. As a result, these patients live with an increasing burden and impact on their daily lives. Dr. Tauseef Ali joins us from the American College of Gastroenterology's annual scientific meeting to help patients understand that bowel urgency is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about and offers tips to help patients feel more comfortable speaking with their healthcare providers. Dr. Ali explains what's happening in our gut when we feel the urge to hurry to the nearest bathroom, and why, since the causes and mechanism of bowel urgency in IBD are complex, open and honest communication between patients and healthcare providers is vital to achieve an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Tauseef Ali, MD, FACP, AGAF, FACG

Consultant Gastroenterologist at SSM Health Saint Anthony Hospital

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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