3 IBD Specialists Win 1st ‘Sherman Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis’

3 IBD Specialists Win 1st ‘Sherman Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis’
The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation has announced the winners of the inaugural Sherman Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis, awarding a total of $225,000 to  research efforts. The Sherman Prize was established to promote achievements and pioneering work in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), focusing on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC). The prize recognizes healthcare professionals, researchers, community advocates, and educators involved in patient care and service to the community, as well as in medical research. The winners are: Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD, co-director of the UPMC Total Care–IBD Program and an associate professor of psychiatry, medicine and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received a $100,000 prize developing the first U.S. health program for pediatric IBD patients focusing on the role of emotions and behaviors related to IBD, and assigning a psychiatrist and psychologist within the pediatric gastroenterology clinic at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  She later replicated the model for adults, founding the Visceral Inflammation and Pain Center at the University of Pittsburgh. James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE, a professor of medicine and epidemiology and associate director of the IBD Program at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, was also awarded a $100,00 prize. As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Lewis has worked to optimize medical therapies for IBD patients. His most recent efforts focus on understanding the influence of diet and the gut microbiome on the course of IBDs, to identify alternative treatment approaches to systemic immunosuppression. Dr. Lewis is also leading the establishment of IBD Plexus, a research and information exchange platf
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