I am the Director of the IBD Center at MedStar - Georgetown University Hospital, where I joined the GI faculty in 2005 to build the IBD program. We now care for more than 1,500 IBD patients of the DC Metropolitan area (Washington DC - Virginia and Maryland). In my practice, I am particularly interested in women's health in IBD and the use of advanced endoscopic procedures in the management of IBD patients, such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and confocal laser endomicroscopy. In addition to patient care, what I mostly enjoy about my job is teaching our GI fellows, residents and medical students and get them interested in caring for IBD patients.
I chair the Mission Committee of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) of the DC Metropolitan area, I served on CCFA Patient Education committee and currently serve on the CCFA Professional Education Committee. In recent years, I served on the FDA Advisory Boards discussing the topics of CT colonography in CRC screening and the role of natalizumab in Crohn's disease. I was involved as a teacher at the hands on course for the endoscopic management of GI bleed and polyp resection at the ACG Eastern Regional Post-Graduate Course in 2014. I moderated the session on Cancer Screening in Ethnic Minorities at DDW 2012. As a course director, I planned the first MedStar Georgetown Symposium on IBD and colorectal pathologies in 2015, and currently planning for next year's symposium. I am a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journal including GIE, AJG and DDS.
Like most people I do my best maintaining a work-life balance; my kids keep the fun going, traveling allows me to meet new people and discover the world and running marathons has become my new passion