Shu-Chen Wei MD, PhDProfessor
National Taiwan University Hospital & College of Medicine
The goals for treatment of IBD are changing from elimination of symptoms toward complete disease control. Recent studies suggest that the use of biologic earlier in the treatment course improves patient outcomes and can prevent progression to irreversible bowel damage.
Although the strategy of early intervention has accumulating evidence in Crohn’s disease, there is less evidence supporting its impact in ulcerative colitis. However, there are evidence in the literature suggesting the progressive nature of UC leading to persistent symptoms despite mucosal healing.
In this presentation, we will discuss some of evidence on early biologic intervention in patients with IBD and the importance of risk stratification to avoid overtreatment (top down) vs undertreatment (step up) in IBD management.
Prof. Shu-Chen Wei is a professor of Medicine at National Taiwan University Hospital and College of Medicine.
Prof. Wei graduated from Chung- Shan Medical University was ranked as the top resident at National Taiwan University during her residency training. Professor Wei was a Research fellow at the GI Unit & CSIBD (Center for Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease) at Massachusetts General Hospital at Boston USA. She was awarded the young physician award under World Congress of Gastroenterology and nominated as Best Attending physician at National Taiwan University Hospital. As an international expert in the field of inflammatory bowel disease who have contributed substantially in IBD research, she has over 100s of publications.
Prof. Wei is actively involved in leading the Taiwan Society of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (TSIBD) to develop the consensus guideline in the management of IBD. Professor Wei is also heavily involved in TSIBD registry study founded under TSIBD to help provide a platform for physicians to mine evidence-based insight that can help to improve patient care.
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