2014 Annual Meeting

Location: Anaheim, CA
Dates: June 6-8, 2014

Detailed Brochure

2013 Annual Meeting PDF

Hotel Information

Sheraton Anaheim Hotel
900 South Disneyland Drive. Anaheim, CA 92802, United States
Phone: (714) 778-1700


Program Description

Saturday, July 7, 2014

8:00 – 9:00 am

Complementary Alternative Medicine in Neurology
1. Describe how nutrition and specific foods can affect the brain and nervous system
2. Discuss the role of exercise in promoting better brain health
3. Describe how mind-body therapies such as meditation can help with both the mind and the brain

profile-jinny-taveeJinny Tavee, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Director, Neuromuscular Fellowship Program
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Dr. Jinny Tavee graduated from the combined 6-year BA-MD program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1998, and completed her internship and neurology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2002, where she was elected chief resident. This was followed by a one-year fellowship in EMG and Neuromuscular medicine that was also at the Cleveland Clinic. A Naval Health Sciences Scholarship recipient, Dr. Tavee served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and Chief of the EMG Laboratory at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA from 2003-2007. She returned to the Cleveland Clinic as a staff physician in 2007, and also holds the position of Assistant Professor with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and is also the Program Director for the Cleveland Clinic Neuromuscular/EMG Fellowship Program. She is board certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG), and Integrative Holistic Medicine.

9:00 – 10:00 am

Clinical and Research Applications of Fat-Water MRI.
1. Describe the basic principles and advantages of the Fat-Water MRI tecnique.
2. Name at least 2 clinical situations where Fat-Water MRI is used routinely.
3. List at least 3 research applications of Fat Water MRI.

profile-skorn-ponrartanaSkorn Ponrartana, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Keck School of Medicine at USC

Dr. Ponrartana graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in human biology in 1999. He received a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2002 and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 2006. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in diagnostic radiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Following his residency he completed a two-year Fellowship in Pediatric Radiology and Pediatric Neuroradiology at CHLA. His research interest is in developing imaging outcome measures of fetal/childhood antecedents of adult disease.

10:00 – 10:30 am Break

10:30 – 11:30 am

Vitamin D: Is this a fad or the fountain of youth?
• To list potential causes for low vitamin D status
• To list the conditions associated with low vitamin D status
• To describe potential mechanisms by which vitamin D provides health benefits

profile-vin-tangpricha-2Vin Tangpricha MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipids
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Vin Tangpricha is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipids at Emory University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director.  He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and Tufts University School of Medicine.  He completed his Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine on the topic of vitamin D at Boston University.  He completed his residency and fellowship in endocrinology at Boston University Medical Center.  Following fellowship, he was recruited to Emory in 2004 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009.  His research interests include vitamin D in various chronic diseases including cystic fibrosis and osteoporosis. His research is supported by the NIH and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is currently the editor in chief of Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology and serves on a number of editorial boards.

11:30 am -12:30 pm

AEC Telemedicine Centers of Excellence: A Thailand Medical Hub Initiative
• Review the state of the art of telemedicine
• Discuss telegastroenterology and the role of capsule endoscopy
• Present the AEC Telemedicine Centers of Excellence project

profile-rome-jutabhaRome Jutabha, MD
Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Director, UCLA Center for Small Bowel Diseases, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Advisory Board Member, UCLA Center for World Health
Board Member, UCLA-Thailand Executive Committee, UCLA International Institute

Dr. Jutabha is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in 1981 and the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University in 1983. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois in 1987. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship training at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993, and then joined the GI faculty at the Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA School of Medicine. He is currently a Professor of Medicine at UCLA where he has served as the Director of International Affairs for the GI Division, the Associate Director of CURE Clinic, and as a member of the internationally renowned CURE Hemostasis Research Group. Dr. Jutabha is the Director of the UCLA Center for Small Bowel Diseases which he established in 2004 as the first center of its kind in the United States dedicated to research, education, and care of patients with various small intestinal disorders.

12:30 – 2:30 pm Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Gender, Sex and Medicine

• To understand the biological mechanisms of sexual development
• To use genomic tools in the diagnosis process of Disorders of Sex Development
• To understand the influence of gender in medical conditions

profile-eric-vilainEric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics and Urology
Chief, Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D., earned his M.D. from the Paris Children’s Hospital Necker, his Ph.D. from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is Professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics and Urology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Chief of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics, the Director of the UCLA Center for Gender-Based Biology and the Director of the Institute for Society and Genetics. His laboratory explores the genetics of sexual development, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of gonad development, as well as on the genetic determinants of brain sexual differentiation. He has identified a large number of mutations in sex-determining genes, developed animal models with atypical sexual development, and identified genes differentially expressed between male and female fetal mouse brains. His laboratory currently investigates the genetics of Disorders of Sex Development (DSD or intersexuality), the outcomes of patients with DSD as part of a large DSD Translational Research Network, and the genetics of sexual orientation and gender identity. His research program has been continuously supported by several grants from the NIH, and he has published extensively in the field of sexual development. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, and a member of numerous professional committees, including those related to the care of individuals with Disorders of Sex Development.

Sunday, July 8, 2014

8:00 – 9:00 am

How to Speak Like an American: Thai Accent Reduction Workshop
• Learn American English pronunciation errors common to Thai learners
• Practice and correct mistakes with a trained linguist
• Learn to speak English with confidence

profile-alif-silpachaiAlif Silpachai
Doctoral Student of Linguistics,
University of Southern California


9:00 – 10:00 am

Residency and Fellowship Interview Workshop
• Learn what interviewers want to hear
• Learn how to confidently present yourself
• Practice answering common and challenging interview questions in an interactive setting