BRIDGe Group Members

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Leonard Baidoo, MD

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Dr Leonard Baidoo is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology and the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Northwestern University. After his medical degree and training at the University of Ghana and Oxford University Affiliated Hospitals in England he did an NIH research fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco.He completed his residency and fellowship at MCP Hahnemann University Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia,where he also studied Inflammatory Bowel Disease under Dr Lichtenstein at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brian Bressler, MD

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Dr. Brian Bressler is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Medicine. Dr. Bressler received his MD from the University of British Columbia and completed his residency in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. He received an MS in Epidemiology from the Harvard Public School of Health and completed an advanced fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr.

Adam Cheifetz, MD

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Adam Cheifetz the Director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University before earning his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Cheifetz completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Yale University before serving as the Present-Levinson Fellow in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Shane Devlin, MD

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Dr. Devlin graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 1999 before coming to the University of Calgary to complete his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship, which he completed in 2004. He then went on to complete an advanced clinical and research fellowship in inflammatory bowel disease at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Since 2006, Dr.Devlin has been part of the inflammatory bowel disease centre at the University of Calgary and actively participates in clinical trials for various therapeutic agents in IBD.

Peter Irving, MA MD FRCP

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Peter Irving is a Consultant Gastroenterologist with an interest in IBD at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals in London. He graduated with distinction from Cambridge University and The London Hospital Medical College in 1995. His training in gastroenterology was mostly in London, at St Bartholmew's and The Royal London Hospitals, and at University College Hospital. He was awarded an MD from the University of London in 2006 for his thesis on platelet-leucocyte interaction in IBD based on his time in research at Queen Mary College with Professor David Rampton.

Jennifer Jones, MD MS

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Jennifer Jones is an associate professor and the Medical Lead IBD Program QE II Health Sciences Center, Nova Scotia Dr. Jones completed her gastroenterology fellowship and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2004. Following this she completed an advanced IBD Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota under the supervision of Dr. William Sandborn.

Gil Kaplan, MD

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Gil Kaplan is a Gastroenterologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Kaplan's medical school, internal medicine residency, and gastroenterology fellowship were completed at the University of Calgary. He completed a Masters of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Fellowship in the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator. His research focuses on exploring the environmental risk factors of IBD.

Patricia Kozuch, MD

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Dr. Kozuch is an assistant professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She completed her medical degree in 1999 at the Cornell University Medical College, residency in internal medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell campus in 2002, and her fellowship in gastroenterology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in 2005. She then proceeded to train under Dr. Stephen Hanauer at the University of Chicago for an advanced fellowship in IBD, during which time she also served as an instructor in medicine.

Gil Melmed, MD, MS

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Gil Y. Melmed, MD, MS is Director of Clinical Trials at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center at Cedars-Sinai, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at David Geffen University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. Dr. Melmed received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and his gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA, where he also received a master's of science in Clinical Research.

Laura Harrell Raffals, MD, MS

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Laura E. Raffals, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and a Master’s of Science in Health Studies from the University of Chicago. She completed her postgraduate training in internal medicine at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and performed her gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Corey A. Siegel, MD, MS

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Corey A. Siegel, is the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts in 1998. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Dr. Siegel served as chief medical resident at Dartmouth from 2001-2002, where he also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology.

Miles Sparrow, MD

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Miles Sparrow MB.BS, FRACP is a gastroenterologist specialising in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and is the Director of the IBD Unit, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1995 he completed basic and advanced training in gastroenterology in Melbourne before undertaking a 3 year clinical research fellowship in the United States at The University of Chicago, Chicago and Mount Sinai Medical Centre, New York.

Fernando Velayos, MD

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Fernando Velayos graduated medical school with honors from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency training at UCSF where he served as Chief Resident and then remained for GI fellowship. He completed additional training in inflammatory bowel disease at Mayo Clinic and research training at University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded a Masters in Public Health.