David T. Rubin, MD graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, and completed his internship, residency, and fellowships in both gastroenterology and clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago. He is a professor of medicine, the Chief of Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and Co-Director of the Advanced Inf lammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship at the University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Rubin previously served for 11 years as Director of the Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition fellowship program. He also is an associate faculty member at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and an associate investigator at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, both in Chicago.
Dr. Rubin is the editor of a best-selling book on inf lammatory bowel disease (IBD), and an author or coauthor of many peer-reviewed articles on IBD, virtual colonoscopy, genetic testing in IBD, and cancer in IBD. He is also a featured media contact for issues related to IBD, appearing on satellite radio, television, and print media. His principal research interests include novel IBD therapies and outcomes, colon cancer prevention, and clinical medical ethics.
Dr. Rubin is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and American College of Physicians and is an active national member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Chosen by his peers as a member of Best Doctors (recognized for superior clinical ability) and America’s Top Physicians (gastroenterology), he received the ACG’s Governor’s Award of Excellence in Clinical Research (2003), the Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator’s Award (2004), and the University of Chicago Postgraduate Teaching Award in recognition of significant contributions for fellowship education (2006). In 2012, Dr. Rubin received the CCFA’s Rosenthal Award, a national leadership award bestowed upon a volunteer who has contributed in an indisputable way to the quality of life of patients and families.
Sonia Friedman, MD is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also in Boston. Dr. Friedman completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and her medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. She did her medical internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and her gastroenterology fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York. She specialized in IBD during her fellowship and now has a large IBD practice in the gastroenterology division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has been at Brigham and Women’s for the past 14 years and is Director of Women’s Health at the Brigham and Women’s Center for Crohn’s and Colitis.
Dr. Friedman’s research interests include colon cancer in Crohn’s disease (CD), patient adherence to surveillance colonoscopy, and fertility and pregnancy in IBD. Her clinical interests are the care of patients with CD and ulcerative colitis (UC). She specializes in the management of dysplasia and cancer in IBD, and pregnancy and IBD.
Dr. Friedman is a frequent speaker and invited regional and national lecturer on the management of IBD. She has authored or coauthored peer-reviewed papers on cancer in CD, adherence to surveillance colonoscopy in IBD, medical management of IBD, and fertility and pregnancy in IBD. She has written review articles and chapters on various aspects of IBD, including the IBD chapter in Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. Her publications include original articles, reviews, or chapters in Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and Gastroenterology Clinics of North America. She is an associate editor for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and is a reviewer for Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and American Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr. Friedman is immediate past chair of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation New England Chapter Medical Advisory Committee and was their Humanitarian of the Year for 2012. She is a Fellow of the ACG and has served on the CCFA Professional Education Committee. She has been elected as “Best Up-and-Coming Gastroenterologist in Boston” in 2004, and was also listed as “Best of Boston” in Boston Magazine in 2007. Both honors are based upon peer review.
Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc is a professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Clinical Director in the Section of Gastroenterology and Co-Director of the Center for Digestive Disorders at Boston Medical Center. After graduating from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, Dr. Farraye earned his medical doctorate from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York, and his master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed an internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Farraye's clinical interests are in the care of patients with inf lammatory bowel disease and the management of colon polyps and colorectal cancer. He is currently investigating Clostridium difficile infection in IBD patients, the management and diagnosis of dysplasia and cancer in patients with IBD, pouchitis after ileal pouch anal anastomosis, vaccinations in patients with IBD, and the role of serrated polyps as an alternative pathway to the development of colorectal cancer.
A frequent speaker and invited lecturer on topics on the diagnosis and management of inf lammatory bowel disease, Dr. Farraye has authored or co-authored over 300 original scientific manuscripts, chapters, reviews, and abstracts. He is the series editor for the text Curbside Consultation in Gastroenterology and co-wrote the text, Curbside Consultation in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Gastrointestinal Emergencies. His newest books for patients are Questions and Answers about Ulcerative Colitis, Questions and Answers About Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis for Dummies.
Dr. Farraye is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association, and the American College of Gastroenterology. He has served on numerous committees and currently is a member of the ACG Board of Trustees and the Chapter Medical Advisory Committee for the New England CCFA where he was past chairman. The New England CCFA named Dr. Farraye Humanitarian of the Year in 2003. In 2009, the ACG awarded Dr. Farraye the William Carey Award for service to the college. Dr. Farraye was recognized as “Top Doctor” in Gastroenterology by Boston Magazine and U.S. News and World Report in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.