Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, PhD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, PhD, is a gastroenterologist who specializes in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). He also is interested in gastrointestinal endoscopy, microscopic colitis (lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis), colon cancer, fecal transplant for C difficile infection, and clinical trials of novel drugs.

Dr. Sakuraba's research aims to better understand how and why inflammatory bowel disease develops in order to provide more effective treatment options. He is studying the efficacy and safety of several novel drugs designed to treat inflammatory bowel disease.

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology (Japan)
  • Internal Medicine (Japan)

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • Japanese Society of Gastroenterology
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
  • Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

Practicing Since

  • 2001

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

Medical Education

  • Keio University School of Medicine

Residency

  • Keio University Hospital; Kyousai Tachikawa Hospital; Sano Kousei Hospital

Fellowship

  • Keio University Hospital; University of Chicago Medicine

Other Grad Education

  • Keio University,PhD

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IBD and Colorectal Cancer Q&A

People with inflammatory bowel disease have a greater risk for developing colon cancer. David T. Rubin, MD, and Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, PhD, answer questions about IBD-associated colorectal cancer as well as what can be done to decrease this risk.

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