Sheila Crowe, MD
Director of the Celiac Disease Center
Director of Endoscopy at the Outpatient Surgical Center
Director of Faculty Development for the Division
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA, USA
Dr. Crowe is a Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia. She received her medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at McMaster University. After additional research training in the Intestinal Diseases Research Unit at McMaster University and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, she joined the faculty at McMaster University before moving to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1992. She has been at the University of Virginia since 2001 where she serves as the Director of the Celiac Disease Center, Director of Endoscopy at the Outpatient Surgical Center, and Director of Faculty Development for the Division.
As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Crowe has been active in bench research, clinical care, teaching, and mentoring. She is named in Best Doctors in America and has served as a medical advisor for disease support groups including the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and various celiac disease support groups. Her clinical interests span from acid-peptic diseases, infectious GI diseases, celiac disease and GI food allergies to IBD and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Crowe was the GI Fellowship Training Director 1994-1998 at UTMB and currently, she is the Director of the institutional GI T32 training grant and a member of the Committee on Residency Education and the Intern Selection Committee for the Department of Medicine at UVA. She was member of the UVA Faculty Senate for 4 years and is serving a second term on the Departmental P&T Committee.
Dr. Crowe has been active in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), previously serving as a member of the AGA Research Committee, the AGA Education & Training Committee, and an elected member of the 2004-2005 AGA Nominating Committee. She served 9 years on the AGA Council, initially representing the Esophageal, Gastric, and Duodenal Disorders section (2001-5). She was elected to the position of AGA Council Chair Elect in 2005 and then served as AGA Council Chair from 2006 to 2009 during which time she was a member of the AGA Leadership Cabinet, a member of the DDW Council and a liaison to the AGA Education & Training Committee. She has been a faculty member of the AGA Academic Skills Workshop annually since 2005. Dr. Crowe recently completed a two-year term on the AGA Women�s Committee and she was a member of the Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) Task Force. She has just started a 3-year term as the Councillor-at-Large on the Governing Board of the AGA and in this role she chairs the AGA Publication Committee and is the Editor of AGA Perspectives. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the AGA.
Dr. Crowe served a 4-year term as a member of the Clinical and Integrative Gastrointestinal Pathobiology (CIGP) National Institutes of Health Study Section and terms on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver, and Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Nature series journal Mucosal Immunology. Her bench research centers on understanding immune-epithelial interactions involved in inflammatory, infectious, and allergic gastrointestinal diseases. She has received various research grants and career awards including ongoing funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to examine the role of oxidative stress in the gastric mucosa as a mediator of gastric epithelial injury during Helicobacter pylori infection. She was awarded the AGA 2008 Funderburg Award for her research relevant to gastric cancer and named as a 2008 Outstanding AGA Woman in Science. Dr. Crowe is the author of various articles and book chapters, and she is invited often to lecture nationally and internationally in the areas of her expertise including celiac disease, GI food allergies and intolerances, and H. pylori infection. She recently served as the Director of the AGA 2010 Spring Postgraduate Course. Dr. Crowe is an author of "Celiac Disease for Dummies" published in 2010 and Consultant for the New York Times Health online section on the topic of celiac disease since December 2009.