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):

Edward L. Barnes, MD University of North Carolina
Ryan Ungaro, MD Mount Sinai
Kelly Cushing, MD University of Michigan
Oriana Damas, MD Miami Health
Laura Hart, MD McGill University
Jodie Ouahed, MD Children's Hospital Harvard University

Taha Qazi, MD

Cleveland Clinic
Jennifer Seminerio, MD University of South Florida
Rachel Winter, MD Brigham and Women's Hospital