Richard P. Rood, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FASGE
Professor of Medicine
Although I am a native of East Orange, New Jersey, I have spent most of my life in Ohio. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from The Ohio State University, and I attended Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio where I earned my Doctor of Medicine and began my work in gastrointestinal physiology and the basic mechanisms of diarrhea. I returned to The Ohio State University Medical Center for my Internal Medicine Residency. I did my Gastroenterology Clinical Fellowship at Tufts University, New England Medical Center in Boston, followed by a Gastroenterology Research Fellowship further studying the basic mechanisms of diarrhea and ileal transport and was appointed Instructor in Medicine. I then joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland as Assistant Professor of Medicine and a member of the Meyerhoff Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. I returned to Ohio to found the Center for Digestive Health in the Cleveland suburbs and was Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western University School of Medicine. Following this, I joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program of the Digestive Diseases Division.
My broad interest in gastroenterology is luminal gastroenterology. At Washington University, I am a member of the General Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Programs. Having been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis as a child, my passion lies in management of intestinal disorders, especially inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, microscopic colitis and celiac disease along with studying the pathophysiology of diarrhea. As Medical Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease program at the University of Cincinnati, I helped develop a program for the transition of adolescent IBD patients to the adult practice.
For almost 30 years I have been active with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation serving in multiple capacities, including medical advisor, president of the local chapter, and as a national trustee. I am also a professional member of the United Ostomy Associations of America. My other passion is physician education and mentorship of both trainees and junior faculty. In 2018, I was awarded the Stephen D. Zucker Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentorship by the graduating gastroenterology fellows at the University of Cincinnati.
I serve on several national committees, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the American College of Gastroentology, and in the accreditation of telemedicine programs. I am a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.