By Ryan Ungaro, MD, as told to Barbara Brody

Back when I was in medical school, I decided to specialize in gastroenterology because I thought it was a  fascinating field. I still do. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, including those with Crohn’s, are particularly rewarding to treat because I really get to know them and support them closely over many years. It’s my job to usher them through difficult times and get them back to enjoying a good quality of life.

As director of the Comprehensive Care for the Recently Diagnosed IBD Patient (COMPASS-IBD) program at Mount Sinai in New York, I see…


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