Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

1-28-10: Update on the Biologic and Immunotherapy of IBD

Update on the Biologic and Immunotherapy of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, January 28, 2010

8:00 am
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/Einstein

12:15 pm
Cherkasky Auditorium, Moses/Montefiore


David Sachar, MD 
Clinical Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology) 
Director Emeritus, Gastroenterology Division 
Mount Sinai 

Dr. David Sachar was the first Dr. Burrill B. Crohn Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 1992 to 1999, when he also held the positions of vice chairman of the Department of Medicine (1991-99) and Director of the Dr. Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center (1983-99). In 2005 he was granted a three-year Arnold P. Gold Foundation Professorship.

Dr. Sachar was an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. While working as a research associate with the U.S. Public Health Service in Bangladesh, Dr. Sachar played a role in the development of oral rehydration therapy for cholera and other diarrheal diseases. He is currently a Captain (Medical Director grade) and Associate Recruiter in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, in which capacity he served a month of active duty in Texas, September-October 2005, to assist with hurricane relief efforts.

After completing his medical residency at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and his GI Fellowship at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Sachar went on to become a specialist in inflammatory bowel disease, a field in which he has over 240 publications. He chaired the Research Development Committee of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, served on the Foundation's National Scientific Advisory Committee, and was the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award in 1991. A founding director of the Burrill B. Crohn Research Foundation, he is also the first American to have been elected Chairman of the International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In 2002, Dr. Sachar was elected a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology; in 2003 he was elected a Patron Member of the Brazilian Association for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease; and in 2005 he was named a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Chairman of the GI Advisory Panel of the FDA.

As the first chairman of the American Gastroenterological Association's Clinical Teaching Project, Dr. Sachar developed new resources and set new standards for clinical teaching nationwide. His teaching activities have earned him numerous awards internationally. In addition, at Mount Sinai, he has received the 1975 and 1978 Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching, the 1984 annual Distinguished Teacher Award of the Department of Medicine, the 1987 Solomon A. Berson Award as the department's outstanding physician and teacher, the Jacobi Medallion for outstanding contributions to medicine in 1994, the Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Humanism in Medicine in 1996, membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and in 1997 the "Gold-Headed Cane," Mount Sinai's highest award for the physician "best exemplifying the ideals of the profession."  Mount Sinai has recognized Dr. Sachar's many years of service to the institution and the profession by permanently endowing an annual "Joanna and David B. Sachar, M.D., International Award and Visiting Professorship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease" in his honor.

This grand rounds is hosted by the Division of Gastroenterology.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic steps in the pathophysiology of inflammatory disease in the bowel
  2. Demonstrate how each category of therapy is directed at blocking one or more of those steps


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


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