Founders and Scientific Advisory Board

R. Balfour Sartor, M.D.

R. Balfour Sartor, M.D.

  1. Balfour Sartor, M.D., is the Midget Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Co-Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases-supported Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease and Founder of the Multidisciplinary Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Sartor’s clinical expertise focuses on managing patients with refractory IBD (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and pouchitis). His research investigates the ability of specific components of the intestinal microbiota to induce chronic T-cell mediated inflammation in genetically susceptible hosts vs. protective mucosal immune responses in normal hosts. Recently, he has investigated the ability of novel resident bacterial consortia to prevent and treat experimental colitis and their mechanisms of protection. Other recent research has extended microbial-host interaction studies to human samples, including mucosal biopsies and resected tissues from normal, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients and to humanized mice. His lifelong contributions to better understand microbial influences in intestinal inflammation and protection have been recognized by the Basic Science Achievement Award from the American Gastroenterological Association and the Career Achievement Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. He received a B.S. in Pre-Medicine from Washington-Lee University and a M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. Fellowship training in Gastroenterology at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, did his post-doctoral training in host-microbial interactions at UNC-Chapel Hill and advanced research training at the NIH.

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