Robert Burakoff, MD,MPH

Clinical Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy

Dr. Robert Burakoff, an innovative clinician and IBD researcher for more than 30 years, is the clinical chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and director of the hospital’s Center for Digestive Health.

Dr. Burakoff’s research has encompassed the basic science, translational, and clinical aspects of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. He is founding editor and currently co-editor of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the first international journal devoted to IBD. He is the author of more than 200 articles, reviews, chapters, and abstracts.

His current research interests include the identification of blood-based genetic markers that could be used to personalize treatment of IBD and predict a person’s response to particular therapies. Early in his career, Dr. Burakoff conducted groundbreaking studies of the inflammatory factors underlying IBD and other gastrointestinal disorders.

Dr. Burakoff established the Center for Digestive Health at Brigham and Women’s. The Center fosters cross-disciplinary care and research as well the development of Centers of Excellence for specific conditions, including IBD.

His career as an educator includes the development of an IBD course for that brings together experts from all the IBD centers in the Boston area. He has also developed curriculum for the American Gastroenterology Association.

Dr. Burakoff has served on the National Scientific Advisory Cabinet of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) for many years. He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the New England chapter of the organization in 2011.

Dr. Burakoff is a graduate of Queens College in New York and earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. He was a resident at New York Hospital /Cornell Medical Center in New York and was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Hospital. In 2000, he earned a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University.