The people responsible for making this project a reality
It has been my pleasure to share the wisdom and experience of this brilliant Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) expert who is one of the few gastroenterologists still practicing who was trained by Dr. Burrill Bernard Crohn at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The wonderful and encouraging comments I’ve received from diverse Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis patients from around the world has completely validated all the hard work necessary to bring this ambitious project to viability. Accordingly, accolades are due to Dr. Mark L. Chapman, his staff, Mount Sinai Hospital, the NEW “Susan and Leonard Feinstein Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Center at Mount Sinai Hospital,” my camera man and technical adviser, Dan Brumer, and my charity, the Crohn’s Disease Warrior Patrol.
The goal of interviewing Dr. Mark L. Chapman from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City about all things patients need to know about Inflammatory Bowel Disease
My goal was to take as much out of Dr. Chapman’s brain and get it on camera so that I’d could then edit it into easily consumable online portions of eight (8) short, topic-driven videos to help patients around the world who do not have access to such an knowledgeable, experienced, talented and dedicated physician regarding a disease which has created more questions than answers for the brightest medical and scientific minds spanning several generations and from both every conceivable prestigious academic research institution and practicing Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis doctors from the best medical facilities in the world.
The current pressing need is for safer, individualized, more targeted, more effective and less expensive IBD treatments or possibly an IBD cure or preventative genetic or biological interventions
My aspirations with these videos seemed logical and obvious as I am an advocate for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a 3o-year patient with Severe Crohn’s Disease and the Founder and President of a charity specifically designed to raise global awareness of IBD in the hopes that people around the world will better understand the multifaceted potential severity and pervasive effects of Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis such that these videos will only add to the current momentum to find safer, individualized, more targeted, more effective and less expensive IBD treatments or possibly an IBD cure or preventative interventions. The need for such specifically targeted IBD treatments is now imperative because the systemic effects of the most efficacious current IBD treatments such as various immunosuppressive and biological agents are causing patients a significant number of severe side effects such that they are either trading in one disability for another or often opting for new, risky and unproven experimental therapies which are not sufficiently developed potentially causing even more serious problems. Thankfully, however, Dr. Mark L. Chapman and Mount Sinai Hospital share my concerns and my “time is of the essence” motivation and their respective active participation in this project has been crucial.
Accordingly, I have embedded the eight (8) videos below in chronological order from 1-8 and I’ve provided a succinct explanation for each so that there exists online a complete set of these videos which you can refer back to at your convenience. Thank you for watching and sharing your feedback.
Video 1 of 8. The length of the video is 8 minutes and 55 seconds.
Video 1 defines the differences between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Video 2 of 8. The length of the video is 11 minutes and 18 seconds.
Video 2 defines the differences between Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis.
Video 3 of 8. The length of the video is 10 minutes and 10 seconds.
Video 3 explains the definition of Diverticulosis and how it differs from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Dr. Chapman then explains the nuances involved with treating Pediatric Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis patients.
Video 4 of 8. The length of the video is 10 minutes and 59 seconds.
Video 4 focuses on the current contrasting and controversial styles of treating Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, i.e., “Top-down” v. “Bottom-up.” Dr. Chapman also explains how he most effectively interacts with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis patients when they request certain biologic agents they’ve seen advertised on television.
Video 5 of 8. The length of the video is 9 minutes and 31 seconds.
Video 5 focuses on the too-often long, arduous and stressful “diagnosis journeys” patients must take before they are properly diagnosed and treated for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Dr. Chapman explains how he combats this decreasing occurrence by taking a compassionate and extensive Patient History, conducting a Physical Exam and carefully combing through all that was done previously in a patient’s case. While technological diagnostic testing for IBD is now state-of-the-art, the most accurate diagnosis still may depend on a simple, but thorough, Patient History. In that regard, Dr. Chapman shares his proven effective techniques for taking Patient Histories.
Video 6 of 8. The length of the video is 10 minutes and 5 seconds.
Video 6 focuses on how gastroenterologists diagnose Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Dr. Chapman also explains how the simple, seemingly antiquated, “Small Bowel Follow Through” diagnostic test can still be quite effective, and in some cases, even more effective, than the latest technological diagnostic tests such as a Magnetic Resonance Enterography (MRE).
Video 7 of 8. The length of the video is 11 minutes and 19 seconds.
Video 7 focuses on a few “Viewer Questions” which seemed to be quite popular topics in various health care social media platforms amongst people discussing Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis beginning with the recent troubling, but still rare occurrence of patients actually dying from Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Dr. Chapman also explains how an IBD patient should interpret blood tests which are a common occurrence in the lives of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis patients especially given the potential side effects of the immunosuppressive and biologic agents currently given for treatment of IBD. Dr. Chapman also shares his professional experience and insights with respect to treating IBD patients with the latest IBD drug, “Entyvio” or “Vedolizumab.”
Video 8 of 8. The length of the video is 10 minutes and 42 seconds.
Video 8 focuses on the mystifying aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) from whether or not Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis is hereditary to the most promising IBD treatments currently being researched including stem cell therapy, small bowel transplants, fecal transplantation and personalized T cell immunotherapies.