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  Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition



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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

This is an exciting time in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Research advances in the fields of genetics and immunology have rendered a better understanding of the disease and offer hope to one day find a cure. 

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center provides specialized care for patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, contributes to the advancement of IBD research, and educates patients and healthcare professionals about IBD.  The IBD Center is one of the largest in the nation, with a cohesive team of gastroenterologists and surgeons who are recognized as international experts in their respective specialties. 

Directed by gastroenterologists who unite surgeons, nutritionists, radiologists, mental health specialists, and pathologists, the Center is designed provide care for the region’s significant population of patients with IBD. In addition to providing comprehensive primary care to these patients, the Center emphasizes cancer surveillance, women's health, intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation medicine, psychosocial health and the transition of care from the pediatric to adult gastroenterologist. To maintain the highest possible standards for these specializations in the context of IBD, the Center has partnered with the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Magee Women's Hospital, the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Children's Hospital. By coordinating care across a range of specialties, the Center can provide IBD patients with "one stop shopping" for expert consultations and excellent diagnostic techniques. Thanks to this integrated approach, the IBD Center continues to attract increasingly larger numbers of patients from throughout the U.S. 

Pioneering a Subspecialty Medical Home

The UPMC IBD Center is the first program in the U.S. to implement a subspecialty medical home for enhanced patient care.  The Total Care-IBD program is a patient’s one stop for comprehensive IBD, internal medicine, nutrition, and psychosocial and stress relief support. 

Clinical Trials

IBD Center physicians direct several multi-center, international research trials on novel IBD treatments and are respected as authorities in genetics, immunology and clinical research.  Patients benefit from research advancements made by IBD Center physicians, who are among the world's leading IBD genetics and immunology researchers.

IBD Physicians

The IBD Center team is made up of more than 30 physicians, other healthcare providers, and support personnel working together to provide the highest standard of IBD care.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center Co-Directors

  David G. Binion, MD - Head, IBD Translational Research Program 
Richard H. Duerr, MD - IBD Genetics Research Chair
Marc B. Schwartz, MD – IBD Clinical Medical Director


IBD Gastroenterologists and Advanced Providers


Arthur M. Barrie III, MD PhD
David G. Binion, MD
Richard H. Duerr, MD
Janet R. Harrison, MD
Marc Schwartz, MD

Alyssa Culp, MSN, CRNP
Natalie Brown, PA-C
Ashley Stahlman, PA-C
Corinne Fanelli, PA-C
Heather Grubich, PA-C
Gina Kozak, PA-C
Rebecca Maiers, DNP FNP-C
Cassie Myers, CRNP


Visceral Inflammation and Pain (VIP) Center


Robert H. Howland, MD
Eva M. Szigethy, MD PhD
Helen Bittman Sysko, PhD



IBD Surgeons

  James P. Celebrezze, MD
Jennifer Holder-Murray, MD
Kenneth Lee, MD
David S. Medich, MD
Javier Salgado, MD
Andrew R. Watson, MD, MLitt


Total Care-IBD Medical Home

  Eva M. Szigethy, MD, PhD – Director