Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Dr. Thomas Ullman Named Chief, Division of Gastroenterology

Under the exceptional leadership of Dr. Allan Wolkoff, the Division of GI/Liver Diseases has experienced enormous growth since the merging of the GI and Liver divisions in 2010.  With the addition of many successful innovative clinical programs, research initiatives, and multi-departmental collaborations at Montefiore and Einstein, the GI and Liver operations have grown so large that each now requires its own leader.
Tom Ullman, MDTo that end, the Department of Medicine has named Thomas Ullman, MD, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, beginning in March 2018.  Dr. Wolkoff will continue as Chief, Division of Hepatology and Director of the Marion Bessin Liver Research Center.
Dr. Ullman is currently Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Medicine in the Dr. Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer in the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice.

An internationally renowned expert in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Dr. Ullman has focused his research at Mount Sinai on the relationship between IBD and colorectal cancer and has led national efforts to improve quality of care in IBD including establishing accepted quality metrics for the process and outcome of IBD care and exploring factors associated with hospital readmission in IBD.  He has conducted numerous studies detailing the natural history of dysplasia in ulcerative colitis, the influence of inflammation on carcinogenesis in IBD, and the relative chemopreventive effects of a number of therapies used to treat ulcerative colitis (UC). 

“I am thrilled about this amazing opportunity,” said Dr. Ullman, citing the GI division’s outstanding and well-deserved reputation across both the New York metropolitan area and nationally for its cutting-edge work.  “It will be a great privilege to work with these highly talented, respected and hard-working gastroenterologists, who are role models, friends, and colleagues, as we begin the next chapter in Montefiore's GI history.”
As GI division chief, Dr. Ullman will work toward building upon the division’s outstanding endoscopic services and patient-centered care and will collaborate with colleagues to build upon first-rate clinical operations, patient engagement, scholarly activity as well as fellowship, graduate, and undergraduate medical education. Working with faculty members, Dr. Ullman plans to develop a state of the art clinical and research IBD Center at Montefiore/Einstein.

An outstanding clinician and team player, Dr. Ullman counts among his greatest achievements gaining the trust of hundreds of IBD patients; contributing to the clinical science journey of the IBD community; helping to launch quality-measure assessment in IBD through his work as Chair of the Professional Education Committee of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America; launching Mount Sinai's Commitment to Caring initiative; and improving the performance and commitment to the patient experience at Mount Sinai through his work as CMO of the Faculty Practice.

Dr. Ullman received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency in internal medicine at the New York Hospital followed by a GI fellowship at Yale University and a master’s degree in clinical science at Mount Sinai. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterologists (ACG) and of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). He is also a local Board member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and a former Chair of its national Professional Education Committee.

A widely published author, Dr. Ullman has contributed to over 100 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals and books. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and is a frequently invited guest lecturer at conferences, grand rounds, and scientific meetings in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Yaron Tomer, Chair, Department of Medicine; Professor, Departments of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology; and Anita and Jack Saltz Chair in Diabetes Research, said the need to split the division was the direct result of the huge success in the past seven years in growing both the Liver and GI divisions under Dr. Wolkoff's leadership. "I wish to take this opportunity to personally thank Dr. Allan Wolkoff for his exemplary vision and dedication to building the tremendously successful clinical and research GI/Liver operations at Montefiore and Einstein," Dr. Tomer said.   "I am confident that unity and strong collaboration between the GI and Hepatology divisions will continue."

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