REACH-IBD: Rising Educators Academics and Clinicians Helping IBD


REACH-IBD is the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's IBD-focused platform for junior faculty, fellows, and post-doctoral scientists to network, educate, collaborate in research, and promote career development. 

Our Mission:

  • To facilitate networking and career development 
  • To foster collaborative research and increase active participation in the clinical, educational and scientific research programs within the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
  • To create and implement educational programs 

Membership Eligibility:

Adult and pediatric post-doctoral scientists, clinical fellows, and junior faculty from the medical and surgical specialties with an interest in inflammatory bowel disease who are no more than 7 years post-fellowship or doctoral training.

Membership Benefits: 

  • Reduced Foundation membership fee with Participating Physician benefits
  • Networking and career development programs at the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress® and Digestive Diseases Week
  • Professional mentorship opportunities
  • Opportunities to contribute to the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Journal
  • Opportunities to collaborate on research projects
  • Special access to REACH-IBD forum in the IBD Circle



Meet the REACH-IBD Committee, a subset of the Foundation's National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC):


Chair: Jennifer Dotson: [email protected]
Co-Chair:  Lea Ann Chen: [email protected]
Co-Chair Elect: Edward Barnes: [email protected]

Oriana Damas [email protected]
Kara De Felice: [email protected] 
Jodie Ouahed [email protected]
Frank Scott: [email protected]
Siddharth Singh: [email protected]
Ryan Ungaro [email protected]