Scott B. Snapper, MD, PhD

scott-snapper-mdPhysician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy

Dr. Scott B. Snapper, a leading researcher into the basic science of IBD and a compassionate clinician, is head of the transitional program at the BWH Crohn’s and Colitis that helps young patients move from pediatric to adult care as they get older.

Dr. Snapper is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of IBD research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also on the staff of Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is the Wolpow Family Chair and director of the hospital’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.

Dr. Snapper’s research delves into the basic science of the immune system and mucosal inflammation that underlies IBD. His research has identified and characterized the signaling proteins and pathways that regulate the immune system. His lab has developed strains of mice that are allowing scientists to study human immune cells in isolated, controlled circumstances, so new therapeutic strategies can be developed.

An increasing number of infants and very young children are developing IBD. Dr. Snapper is the co–principal investigator of the Roadmap to the Cure of Early Childhood IBD, an international consortium of clinicians and scientists working on identifying the genetic and functional causes of this form of IBD. Snapper and his colleagues have discovered novel genes that resulted in alternative therapies for these very young patients.

Dr. Snapper is co-author of over 70 peer-reviewed research articles, numerous reviews, and many book chapters. He serves on numerous professional and scientific committees, including National Scientific Advisory Committee of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and committees that review grant proposals at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He is a member of CCFA’s National Board of Trustees.

Dr. Snapper earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University and his medical degree and doctorate from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York. He did his post-graduate training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.