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Christina Surawicz, MD, MACG

Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle
Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Dr. Surawicz is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and Associate Dean for Faculty Development. She has had leadership roles in various institutions, including the American College of Gastroenterology, where she served as President 1998-99.

Her research on Clostridium difficile infection has included the role of probiotics and fecal microbiota transplant in treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. She was the lead author on the ACG 2013 Guidelines for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Clostridium difficile Infections.

In 1981, she became the first woman faculty member of Seattle’s Harborview Hospital gastroenterology department and has directed its program ever since. She is widely praised as a committed clinician who also gives much time and effort to serving the uninsured and underserved in the Seattle area.

As the first female president of the American College of Gastroenterology, and the first assistant dean for faculty development at UWSM, assuming leadership roles has become second nature for Surawicz. At the federal level, for example, she has chaired the Food and Drug Administration’s Gastrointestinal Drug Advisory Council.

She graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine in 1973.  She completed Internal Medicine residency and a Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Washington following which she joined the faculty in the Gastroenterology Division in 1981, based at Harborview Medical Center, where she was section chief for 20 years until July 2013.  She was the inaugural assistant dean for faculty development, a position created in 2002.

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