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About the Author
Dr. Rubin earned his doctor of medicine degree with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and both of his fellowships in gastroenterology and clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident and Chief Fellow.
Dr. Rubin is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), previously serving on the Ethics Committee and currently serving on the Subcommittee for Training and the Public Affairs and Advocacy Committee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), serving on the Professional Issues and Publications Committee. He is also a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and has chaired the CCFA Illinois Educational Program from 2005 to 2008. He also served as Chair of Professional Education for CCFA nationally, and directed the national fellowship and preceptorship programs from 2005-2008.
An avid researcher, Dr. Rubin’s interests include clinical outcomes of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colon cancer screening and prevention, teaching medicine, and clinical medical ethics. He is currently the principal investigator for several research projects and clinical trials involving wireless capsule endoscopy in IBD, measures of inflammation and cancer risk, and novel technologies for disease monitoring. Dr. Rubin has contributed numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, review articles, and abstracts to the medical literature, including a previous handbook for the hospitalized IBD patient.
Sonia Friedman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, 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, CA, and her medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. She did her medical internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, and her gastroenterology fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. 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 9 years, and is Director of IBD Clinical Research.
Dr. Friedman’s research interests include colon cancer in Crohn’s disease (CD), patient adherence to surveillance colonoscopy and to IBD medications, and IBD and pregnancy. 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, management of polyps and cancer in IBD, medical management of IBD, and pregnancy and 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 section editor for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and is a reviewer for Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and American Journal of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Friedman is chair-elect of the CCFA New England Chapter Medical Advisory Committee, and is co-chair of their annual patient symposium. 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, FACG, FASGE is a Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. 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, NY, and his master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA. 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 IBD, the management of colon polyps and colorectal cancer, as well endoscopy in patients after bariatric surgery. He is studying Vitamin D absorption in patients with IBD, the management and diagnosis of dysplasia and cancer in patients with IBD, and predictors of pouchitis after ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA). In the area of colorectal cancer, he is examining the role of hyperplastic polyps as an alternative pathway in the development of colorectal cancer.
A frequent speaker and invited lecturer on topics on the diagnosis and management of IBD, Dr. Farraye has authored or coauthored over 150 original scientific manuscripts, chapters, reviews, and abstracts. His work has been published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Annals of Internal Medicine, and JAMA, among others. He is a coeditor for the text Bariatric Surgery: A Primer for your Medical Practice, and an associate editor for Therapy for Digestive Disorders. He recently edited an issue of Gastroenterology Clinics of North America on dysplasia and cancer in IBD. He is the series editor for the Curbside Consultations in Gastroenterology series.
Dr. Farraye is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the ACG. Nationally, he serves as Chair of the Board of Governors and a member of the Board of Trustees in the ACG. He has served as the AGA representative on the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table as Co-Chair of the Standards Committee and as Chair of the Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders Section of the Annual Scientific Program Committee of the ASGE. He is a member of the ASGE Technology Committee, CCFA Professional Education Committee, and the Chapter Medical Advisory Committee for the New England CCFA, where he is a past chairman. The New England CCFA named Dr. Farraye “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2003.