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Veritas Collaborative Symposium on Eating Disorders 2016

September 8-9, 2016


Please join us for the Veritas Collaborative Symposium on Eating Disorders

The Veritas Collaborative Symposium on Eating Disorders offers medical and mental health professionals the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of eating disorders to better apply best-practice care for patients and their families. With a multidisciplinary team of speakers, the Symposium aims to encourage collaboration and advocacy, promote evidence-based identification, diagnosis and treatment, and clarify the appropriate referral process. In short, the Symposium seeks to advance access to care to all individuals suffering from eating disorders.


Jennifer L. Gaudiani - Veritas Collaborative

Jennifer L. Gaudiani MD, CEDS

Dr. Gaudiani is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic in Denver, CO, the premiere outpatient medical clinic in the country, dedicated to the care of adults with eating disorders, of all shapes and sizes. Completing her undergraduate work at Harvard, her medical school at Boston University, and her internal medicine residency and…

Rachel L. Levine - Veritas Collaborative

Rachel L. Levine MD

Dr. Levine is currently Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. Her previous posts included: Vice -Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s…

Dagan VanDemark - Veritas Collaborative

Dagan VanDemark

Dagan is a genderqueer trans boi who battled bulimia/EDNOS for fifteen years. They have a B.A. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a certificate in grant writing; a deep love for building community interdependence and grassroots power, and three neurotic dogs. They are staunchly dedicated to an active, dynamic and nuanced practice of intersectional/transnational…

Ralph E. Carson - Veritas Collaborative

Ralph E. Carson RD, LD, PhD

Dr. Carson is currently Vice President of Science and Innovation for the Eating Recovery Center’s CORE Program for binge eating disorders in Denver, CO and consultant for the Pinegrove Behavioral Health and Addiction Center in Hattiesburg, MS.  He is an active member on the board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and…

Kitty Westin - Veritas Collaborative

Kitty Westin MA, LP Emeritus

Kitty Westin is the founder of the Anna Westin Foundation which is now known as The Emily Program Foundation. She has spoken to millions of people about eating disorders through personal appearances and the media since her daughter’s death in 2000. She has been an outspoken advocate and she currently spends time in Washington DC…

Chase Bannister - Veritas Collaborative

Chase Bannister MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS

Chase Bannister is the Co-Founder of Veritas Collaborative. Highly regarded for his emphasis on constituency-building and practice ethics, Chase carries an unmistakable zeal for advancing public awareness of eating disorders, evidence-based treatment, and access to care. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Chase is credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by the International Association of…

Roberto Olivardia - Veritas Collaborative

Roberto Olivardia PhD

Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School.  He has been researching and treating males with eating disorders for over 20 years.  He maintains a private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder and OCD.  He is co-author of The Adonis Complex.  He…

Stuart Kaplan - Veritas Collaborative

Stuart Kaplan MD, FAAP

Dr. Kaplan is a graduate of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and then trained at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. For the majority of Stuart’s career, he has dedicated his time navigating complex…


Physicians in Pediatrics and Family Practice, Psychiatrists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Dietitians, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Health Educators, and other healthcare providers working with patients with eating disorders


At the conclusion of this knowledge-based program, the learner should be able to:

  • Review basic management of medical complications of eating disorders.
  • Discuss the relationship between the brain and eating disorders.
  • Discuss methods to increase motivation and compliance to higher levels of care.
  • Describe current congressional policies on eating disorders in relation to treatment, patient rights, and patient care.
  • Recognize body image concerns experienced by men with eating disorders.
  • Describe long-term consequences and potential outcomes of pediatric eating disorders.
  • Discuss risks, symptoms & barriers to treatment when working with gender-diverse populations.
  • Identify skills to provide effective clinical care for eating disorders in diverse patient populations.


Thursday, September 8th

  1. 11:30am Registration
  2. 12:15pm Welcome
  3. 12:30pm Lunch & Medical Complications of Eating Disorders
    Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS
  4. 2:00pm Break and Snack
  5. 2:15pm Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Patients: Beyond Dysmorphia and Dysphoria
    Dagan Van Demark & Rachel Levine, MD
  6. * Tours (postponed)
  7. 5:00pm Reception and Grand Opening Celebration
    (shuttles provided with wheelchair accessibility)
    The Rickhouse 609 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

Friday, September 9th

  1. 7:00am Registration and Breakfast
  2. 8:15am Welcome
  3. 8:30am The Healing Brain: How Understanding the Neuroscience of Eating Disorders Enhances Treatment Compliance
    Ralph Carson, RD, LD, PHD
  4. 10:00am Break and Snack
  5. 10:15am May your dreaming never end and your voice never die
    Kitty Westin, MA, LP EMERITUS & Chase Bannister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS
  6. 11:45am Lunch
  7. 12:30pm * The Adonis Complex: Understanding Body Image and Eating Disorders in Boys and Men
    Roberto Olivardia, PHD
  8. 2:00pm Break and Snack
  9. 2:15pm Caring for Young Persons with Eating Disorders: Lessons from Pediatric Oncology
    Stuart Kaplan, MD, FAAP
  10. 3:45pm Break and Snack
  11. 4:00pm At the Table Together: An Expert Multidisciplinary Forum on the Provision of Eating Disorders Treatment
    Featuring all Speakers
  12. 5:00pm Closing Remarks
  13. 5:15pm Adjourn
  14. 5:15pm Adjourn

* Note: This session will provide 1.5 contact hours of Category A Continuing Education for North Carolina Psychologists.

* Due to mandatory state inspections of our new hospital, we will be unable to offer tours during this year’s Symposium. Because of this schedule change, we have updated the start time of our Grand Opening Reception to 5pm. Stay tuned for an invitation to attend an open house with tours this fall!


The Durham Convention Center

301 West Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701

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Accommodations will be available at the Durham Marriott City Center. To make reservations, please visit the conference Marriott Registration Page.

(Last day to book: 8/18/16; $139.00 per night)

Durham Marriott City Center
301 West Morgan St.
Durham, NC 27701


  • Registration Fee: $75 (one day standard)
  • Early Registration Fee: $100 (both days)
  • After August 15, 2016: $125 (both days)
  • Registration Fee: $75 (one day standard)

No refunds will be issued after September 1, 2016. Substitutes are encouraged. Vouchers accepted. Registration includes online handouts and certificate of completion. Directions and parking information will be emailed with your confirmation letter. Breakfast, lunch, and reception provided.

  • Registration
    Sep 8, 11:30am  ·  Sep 9, 7:00am
  • Program Time
    Sep 8, 12:15pm  ·  Sep 9, 8:15am
  • End Time
    Sep 8, 6:00pm  ·  Sep 9, 5:15pm


Wake AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Day 1: 3.0 hours  ·  Day 2: 7.0 hours

American Academy of Family Physicians: Application for 10.0 hours of CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Psychology Credit: This program will provide 1.5 contact hours of Category A Continuing Education for North Carolina Psychologists. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Dietitian (CPEU): The Commission on Dietetic Registration has approved this conference for a maximum of 10.0 CPEU. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES): The North Carolina AHEC program is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 10.0 hours total Category I continuing education contact hours. Approval Number NC0092

Licensed Professional Counselors: This program is not approved for NBCC credit. However, LPCs can use up to 15 hours of non-NBCC credit for licensure renewal in North Carolina.

American Academy of Pediatrics: This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 10.00 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Wake AHEC will provide 1.0 CEU to participants upon completion of this activity. Partial credit will not be awarded. Participants must attend 100% each day to receive credit.

Wake AHEC Contact Hours:
Wake AHEC will provide up to 10.0 Contact Hours to participants.

Additional Credit: Other health professionals will receive a certificate of attendance from an approved AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC Boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners and licensed professional counselors. NC Licensed Professional Counselors will be awarded contact hours. License requirements are subject to change. Wake AHEC recommends that participants contact their licensing boards for specific questions.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and policies of the North Carolina Medical Society through the Joint Providership of Wake AHEC and Veritas Collaborative. Wake AHEC is accredited by the NCMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Wake AHEC is part of the North Carolina AHEC Program.

Visit wakeahec.org for ADA statement and inclement weather policy

Contact Lue McKnight at 919.350.0469 or lmcknight@wakeahec.org