REACH-IBD: Rising Educators Academics and Clinicians Helping IBD

Young doctors

REACH-IBD is the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's network for junior faculty, fellows, and post-doctoral scientists: the future of IBD expertise.


  • Facilitate networking and career development 

  • Foster collaborative research and increase active participation in the clinical, educational and scientific research programs within the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

  • Create and implement educational programs


Create and maintain a group of friends that forms a dynamic basis for IBD leadership.

Early-Career Membership

Through Professional Membership, emerging IBD pros can network, educate, collaborate, and advance professionally.

Join as a Trainee Member (Free)

For students, residents, and fellows in a relevant training program or gastroenterology/IBD fellowship. 


  • Join the Foundation community of Professional Members
  • Form strategic connections through networking and career development programs at the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress® and Digestive Diseases Week
  • Learn from professional mentors
  • Raise your profile by contributing to the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Journal
  • Collaborate on research projects
  • Access expert guidance and peer community through the IBD Circle, a forum provided in partnership with the American College of Gastroenterology


Quarterly Newsletters

Summer 2023 | Fall 2023 | Winter 2024 | Spring 2024


REACH-IBD Committee

REACH-IBD initiatives are steered by the REACH-IBD Committee, a subset of the National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC). 


                Applications are closed. New applications will open in 2025.

2024 Committee

Kelly Cushing, MD, MSCI - Co-Chair University of Michigan
Taha Qazi, MD - Co-Chair Cleveland Clinic

Suha Abushamma, MD

Cleveland Clinic

Adam Faye, MD

NYU Langone Health

David Fudman, MD UT Southwestern
Laura Hart, MD McGill University
Nisha Loganantharaj, MD University Medical Center -
New Orleans
Poonam Beniwal-Patel, MD Medical College of Wisconsin
Michelle Rosario, MD University of S. Florida
Amanda Wenzel, MD Medical College of Wisconsin
Rachel Winter, MD Brigham and Woman's Hospital