Invited Talks

Dr. Mary-Joan Gerson Gives Invited Talk on Collaboration with Physicians

Dr. Mary-Joan Gerson gave an invited presentation at the annual meeting of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association in April, 2011 in New York City. It was part of a panel called “Crossing the Great Divide: Collaborating with Physicians.” Her talk was titled “The Mindfulness of Collaboration.”

IBS: A Global Perspective

Dr. Mary-Joan Gerson was an invited faculty member at “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Global Perspective,” an international conference sponsored by the World Gastroenterological Organization and the Rome Foundation and which took place on April 7, 2011, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She discussed the challenge of cross-cultural research from a collaborative methodological perspective and highighted foci for future global investigation, such as gender, socio-political, and migration issues.

9th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Dr. Charles Gerson was invited faculty at the 9th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, sponsored by the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, held on April 10, 2011. He described the results of an eight-country survey of IBS patients organized by Drs. Charles and Mary-Joan Gerson. The survey focused on symptom patterns and two psycho-social issues, family relationships and attribution of symptoms to physical or psychological causation. In addition to discussing these findings, a new study with ten different geographic locations throughout the world was described.

GI Grand Rounds at Mt. Sinai Hospital

How To Help Your Patients with IBS

On November 12, 2010, Drs. Mary-Joan Gerson and Charles Gerson spoke to the faculty and trainees at Mount Sinai Gastroenterology Division Grand Rounds. Their presentation was titled "How To Help Your Patients with IBS." They emphasized the importance of addressing both physical and emotional issues experienced by the patient, emphasizing that physicians should be interested and curious about how IBS affects the lives of their patients and how the patient’s relationship environment — work, romantic and family — might support or burden their coping with IBS. They stressed the need for many therapeutics to be considered in treating IBS.

Chronic Pain and Suffering Through a Psychoanalytic Lens

Mary-Joan Gerson was an invited discussant in a panel titled "Chronic Pain and Suffering Through a Psychoanalytic Lens: Theory, Therapy, and Outcomes" at the Annual Meeting of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association in New York City in April 2010. The case focused on chronic pain suffered by a West African immigrant who suffered considerable trauma in his country of origin. Dr. Gerson served in the Peace Corps in Nigeria and thus was able to elaborate on the cultural meaning of the patient's symptoms, indicating that psychological distress is often couched in bodily complaints among West Africans. She highlighted the remarkable resilience of the patient and the unusual sensitivity of the therapist involved. She is Co-Chair of the Committee on Health Care and Psychoanalysis for Division 39.

Meet-the Professor Talk

On November 5, 2010, Dr. Charles Gerson was a faculty member at the Seventh Annual Mount Sinai Inflammatory Bowel Disease Consultant’s course, offering a Meet-the Professor talk about the relationship between IBS and IBD. His talk included a reminder that many patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis have IBS as well. This is particularly important because IBD patients with persistent symptoms despite treatment may undergo additional and extensive testing as well as aggressive treatment when their continuing symptoms may result from having IBS as well as IBD.

Digestive Disease Week, May 2010

Drs. Gerson presented the successful results of their group hypnotherapy IBS program at Digestive Disease Week, May 2010. You can read details of this presentation on the success of group hypnotherapy in treating IBS on our Original Research page.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the Context of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Charles Gerson was invited to Mt. Sinai Hospital in December of 2009 to discuss irritable bowel syndrome in the context of irritable bowel disease.

Cross-Cultural Aspects of Functional Bowel Disorders

Drs. Charles and Mary-Joan Gerson were invited faculty at the bi-annual meeting of the International Foundation for Functional Gastro-intestinal Disorders (IFFGD), held in April 2009. The IFFGD is a lay organization that provides excellent support and information for patients with functional GI illness, and it sponsors this meeting where most of the leading IBS experts participate.
      Drs. Gerson’s topic for discussion was cross-cultural aspects of functional bowel disorders, related to an eight country IBS survey they organized with two research publications, and the cross-cultural columns in the FBG newsletter that they edit.

Psychoanalytic and Systemic Integration, and Global Family Therapy

Dr. Mary-Joan Gerson was invited by the American University in Cairo psychology department to give a roundtable presentation in February of 2009.

Chronic Illness as Trauma

In April of 2008, Dr. Mary-Joan Gerson served as chair and discussant for the Chronic Illness and Trauma panel at the annual meeting of Division 39 (psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association.

How Physicians and Psychologists Can Work Together

Drs. Charles and Mary-Joan Gerson were invited speakers at the Meet the Professor Luncheon at the annual Digestive Disease Week in the spring of 2006. The talk addressed the ways in which physicians and psychologists can work in tandem to best help their patients.