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Upper GI Symptoms and Disorders

Two videos on Functional Dyspepsia

Answers to a viewer question on abdomino-phrenic dyssynergia.

How can cyclic vomiting be treated effectively?

What is bloating and what can you do about it?

Information on vomiting and it’s causes and treatment.

Reflux Hypersensitvity and Cannabanoid Hyperemisis Syndrome

Information on Billiary Pain, Gallstones and Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction.

Three videos discussing Rumination Syndrome.

What is dysphagia and how can it be treated?

Gastroparesis…what it is and how to manage the symptoms.

Two videos discussing the difference between distention and bloating and how can you explain what you are experiencing to your doctor more effectively.

Dr. Peter Cotton joins as a special guest to discuss biliary pain and gallbladders and the new way to treat these disorders.

An update on abdominophrenic dyssynergia and its treatments.

Dr. Ronnie Fass covers esophageal disorders.

Bowel Disorders

Three videos on IBS / IBD and the subtypes of IBS-C and IBS-D and what you need to know about these very common conditions.

Our board member and Director of the Rome Foundation Research Institute, Dr. Magnus Simren, discusses the role of the gut-microbiome in digestive health.

Douglas Drossman and Johannah Ruddy talk all about constipation and what you can do about it!

Everything you need to know about a very common problem, diarrhea!

Two videos on Opioid Induced Constipation and Narcotic Bowel Syndrome.

How IBS/IBD is diagnosed and treated.

What is post infection IBS and how is it treated? Dr. Drossman answers all your questions.

Why do women experience IBS so much differently than men?

Is gluten really the adversary of a healthy gut that the mainstream media leads us to believe?

What is all the fuss about pre and probiotics? Dr. Brian Lacy joins us for a discussion about their effect on the microbiome and how they can be used with IBD.

The gut microbiome is in the news a lot lately. Dr. Barbara joins us to discuss the best ways to regulate it.

Centrally Mediated Disorders

Functional Abdominal Pain or Centrally Mediated Abdominal Pain? What is it and how do you treat it?

Dr. Drossman and Johannah Ruddy discuss how IBS can transform into other pain syndromes through the Gut-Brain Interaction.

How stress can affect the GI system and frequently mimics PTSD.

What are the benefits of using central neuromodulators (anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic agents) to treat GI disorders.

Why has the terminology changed from FGID (Functional GI Diosorder) to DGBI (Disorders of the Gut-Brain Interaction)?

A discussion about gall bladders, the issues that they can cause, and the treatment of those problems.

Pelvic and Anorectal Disorders

Pelvic Floor Disorders can be life altering for many people. Learn what they are and how they are diagnosed and treated.

Information on Dyssynergic Defecation and Constipation.

Straight talk about something very uncomfortable… hemorrhoids!

What is a rectocele and do you need surgery?

The importance of the rectal exam in diagnosing many GI problems.

Dr. Satish Rao is our special guest to discuss these disorders that can be quite embarrassing and stigmatizing to patients.

Treatment Information and Options

Four videos on the use of neuromodulators in GI.

Explanation of the Brain-Gut Axis and how DGBI can come about.

Special guest, Dr. Olafur Palsson, discusses the benefits of gut-directed hypnotherapy in the treatment of DGBIs.

How to use the GI Genius to diagnose and treat DGBI.

Dr. Bill Chey discusses integrated care and diet therapies for treating DGBI.

Laurie Keefer, PhD, RFF discusses how GI Psychology is used in treating disorders of gut-brain interaction.

Dr. Joe Habboushe and Dr. Lin Chang discuss how the partnership between Rome Foundation and MDCalc happened and how it can benefit providers.

A preview of the new 3rd edition of the Multidimensional Clinical Profile.

A preview of the new 3rd edition of the Multidimensional Clinical Profile.

Drs. Ballou and Lembo, both from Harvard Medical School, join Dr. Drossman and Johannah to discuss placebo and nocebo effects and how they impact GI patients.

What are the emerging mega trends in GI to better meet the needs of clinicians and patients?

This is a fascinating preview of his new VR for IBS program and discussion of how it can benefit patients when medication fails.

The role of virtual healthcare and digital therapeutics in DGBI with Megan Riehl, PsyD

Diet Therapy in DGBI with Kate Scarlatta, GI Dietician


Two videos about DGBI in pediatric populations.

Dr. Drossman and Johannah talk with Dr. Jordan Shapiro about transitioning adolescents to adult GI care.

A brief discussion about pediatric functional abdominal pain and a video that helps explain it to patients and their parents.

Pediatric GI Psych- what is it and how does it work for children with DGBI

Communication Skills and Patient Provider Relationship

10 tips for effective patient and provider communication and the benefits of good communication for both parties.

Two sets of videos showcasing how effective communication practices can lead to a better patient-provider relationship and treatment outcomes.

What are the four questions that every doctor and patient should discuss?

Why too many tests can actually be less helpful than you’d think!

The importance of showing empathy when working with patients and a demonstration of what patients should expect when visiting their doctors.

Patient-provider engagement can make for a decidedly different experience for both the patient and provider.

Patients suffering with DGBI are often stigmatized by friends, family and the medical community. What can we do to reduce this and “legitimize” DGBI?

Nonverbal communication can affect the message you are trying to convey for better or for worse!

Two videos that talk about the lasting effect trauma and abuse can have in our lives.

Introducing a new learning tool: Communication 101!

A discussion of different models of medicine and why doctors and patients dealing with DGBI benefit the most from the biopsychosocial model.

What is the patient’s role in managing their care?

How you can use effective communication skills to make the most of a clinical visit.

Effective communication can help you break the vicious cycles that accompany DGBI for many patients.

You can help your doctor narrow down your diagnosis by knowing how best to describe your symptoms and sensations.

A primer on how to communicate with a patient the rationale for using neuromodulators for a GI disorder

A video from Communication 101.5 discussing the circumstances that arise in an appointment with a teenager and over involved mother.

We showcase a patient scenario reenactment and discuss how effective communication skills between a patient and the provider can elicit really important information that can guide the diagnosis and treatment plan.

Patient stories are a powerful tool for other patients and providers to learn how to communicate about DGBIs with each other. Thank you to the patients who provide their experience to help others.

Karen tells her story of suffering from DGBI, the trouble in getting a diagnosis and finally finding relief.

Johannah describes her journey with DGBI and how it inspired her to become a patient advocate.

Katie talks about how confusing and frustrating the process of diagnosing her DGBI had been for her and how a patient-centered care model helped her understand her illness better.

Lesley explains how her journey with DGBI has led her to a new career path.

Idan discusses his journey with IBS. He tells how it came about, how it came to negatively affect his life and how he found relief.

Melanie talks about how her DGBI hasn’t gotten better but having a doctor that is willing to stick with it makes a difference.

Janine is sharing her illness story and what has made the difference for her in her journey to wellness. This is a fascinating story that you can’t miss!

Katherine is sharing her illness story and discussing doctor-patient communications around her complex medical issues.

Steve shares how illnesses in early childhood led to devastating health issues growing up, resulting in chronic GI symptoms. His story is not to be missed!

Dr. Drossman and Johannah talk with Allison, a DGBI patient about her illness journey and what she has learned through it all.

Wendy details her journey through the medical system to find a diagnosis and treatment that worked for her chronic abdominal pain and other DGBI symptoms.

Today we talk with Alex, a patient with Functional Dyspepsia and PDS/EPS about his illness journey and what we learned through it all.

Gut Feelings: Providers Achieving Patient-Centered Care

In these videos, key opinion leaders in DGBI offer insights into their values and accomplishments.

Read more about this new book!

Gut Feelings Book Introduction

Gut Feelings Book Launch Reception

Division Chief, Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Masters in Epidemiology
and Clinical Research Program, Program of Public Health
Director, Women’s Health Center
for Gastroenterological Diseases and Disorders
Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook NY, USA

Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Director, Northwestern Neurogastromotility and Interdisciplinary Bowel Dysfunction Programs
Director, Mots Tonelli GI Physiology Laboratory Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Rome Foundation Board of Directors
Professor of Medicine, Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress
Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

President Emeritus & Chief Executive Officer, Rome Foundation
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry
UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders
University of North Carolina
Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Patient Care
and Drossman Gastroenterology, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Associate Professor of Medicine & Physiology Consultant
Enteric Neuroscience Program
Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Urology
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

Rome Foundation Board of Directors
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY, USA

Vice Chair of Research
Digestive Diseases and Surgery Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Distinguished Research Professor
Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology Stress and Resilience
Founding Director, Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rome Foundation Board of Directors
Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Center for Motility and Functional Bowel Disorders
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Associate Professor of Medicine
Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rome Foundation Board of Directors and Director of the Global Epidemiology Study
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

President & Chairman of the Board
Rome Foundation Board of Directors
Professor of Medicine
Head, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Head of Clinic, Department of Gastroenterology
University Hospital KU Leuven
Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders (TARGID)
Leuven, Belgium

Associate Professor and Senior Consultant, Gastroenterology
Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition
Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Patient/Provider Questions

Answers to questions posed by patients and providers.

Medical Personnel

What can you expect from a Physician’s Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner?

What can you expect from a GI Dietician?

How can a GI Psychologist help you with your DGBI?

Get to know our Executive Director, Johannah Ruddy, MEd.

The Rome Foundation board of directors and key staff share they roles and their passion for working on behalf of patients with DGBI.

Other Medical Topics

Covid-19 can have impacts to your GI health. We talk about how it might manifest and some coping strategies to help you through.

Our special guest, Dr. Sarah Ballou, discusses the new report on how COVID-19 has affected the United States emotional well-being.

Dr. Joe Elmunzer joins us to discuss the GI Symptoms of COVID-19.

DGBI suffers have long struggled with social anxiety surrounding their illness. How has the COVID-19 pandemic made it better, worse or just different? Dr. Laurie Keefer joins us to talk about it.

Dr. Ellen Stein joins us to discuss what creates patient satisfaction and our joint study to find out.


Discussion with Dr. Ami Sperber, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Discussion with Dr. Max Schmuslon on how culture, language and health care attitudes can effect descriptions of symptoms and clinical care.

Gut Microbiome and the Immune System with Emeran Mayer, MD

We talk with Bill Chey and Jan Tack about the new working team report that was published as a special issue of AJG in June, 2022.


Dr. Drossman and Johannah take you on a tour of our website and show you all that it has to offer!

We’re taking a look at the history of the Rome Foundation and the reasons it was started.

Rome Board Member Ami Sperber, MD joins us to discuss his pioneering work with the Global Epidemiology Study.

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