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Director, Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill John and Nina Sessions Distinguished Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Dept. of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Research Summary

Dr. Sandler’s research has focused on the epidemiology of chronic digestive disorders. Most of his career investigated risk factors and outcomes for colorectal adenomas and colorectal cancer, spanning the spectrum from translational studies to multicenter randomized trials. More recently, his research has focused on digestive diseases that have a high burden but have received little study. He was the recipient of the first NIH grant to study asymptomatic diverticulosis. He is currently the PI of an NIH funded R01 on microscopic colitis. Both studies have challenged conventional wisdom. He has published more than 450 papers and has an H index of 89 (Scopus). He is the PI for a T32 in Digestive Disease Epidemiology that has been funded since 1990 that has trained many current members of the CGIBD. He has been the director of the CGIBD since 1992.

CGIBD Focus Area(s):  Clinical/Translational Research

Collaborators:  Barnes, Barritt, Bartelt, Dellon, Fodor, Keku, Kappelman, Long, Herfarth, Moon, Peery, Sartor, Sheikh