Historical perspective

The Division of Gastroenterology is one of the finest examples of an academic training program dedicated to the study of digestive and liver diseases and was established more than 50 years ago as a sub-specialty division of the Department of Medicine.  Under Dr. David Alpers’ visionary leadership, the division has successfully nurtured broad academic interests in teaching, research, and clinical excellence and has attracted both national and international recognition for its contributions to the field of Gastroenterology. When Dr. Alpers stepped down as division Chief in 1996 after 27 years at the helm, he had established the division as a Center for Clinical Excellence and a well-rounded training program steeped in rich academic tradition.

The future is now

Similarly, the IBD Center of Excellence builds on that tradition of excellence set forth by our predecessors; undertaking the academic development of first-rate IBD clinicians and researchers, through our Advanced IBD Fellowship Program with a shared goal of discovering a cure for inflammatory bowel diseases.

We continue this tradition today through the didactic educational, clinical, and research opportunities available to IBD interested trainees.  Additionally, we host Continuing Medical Education events specific to and related to IBD.  Our CME Events happen several times a year in addition to the IBD summit each April.

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