Robynne K. Chutkan, M.D., Gastroenterology
Why LHJ loves her: We're fascinated that she takes an integrative approach to women's digestive health and looks at GI disorders from the perspective of each patient's overall lifestyle. Plus, she's fun to work with on stories, such as her recent Q&A on screening for colorectal cancer.
Medical degree: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, 1991.
Postdoctoral training: Internship and residency in internal medicine at Columbia, where she also served as chief resident. After completing her fellowship in gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in 1997, she joined the faculty in the gastroenterology division at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Bio: In 2004 Dr. Chutkan founded the Digestive Center for Women (DCW), an integrative practice that includes nutritional consultation and stress-reduction techniques such as massage therapy, biofeedback and counseling, and exercise physiology. The philosophy behind DCW is Dr. Chutkan's fervent belief that diagnosis and treatment are best delivered in an integrative setting, where attention to diet, proper nutrition, and lifestyle choices are taken into consideration, along with the specific gastrointestinal disease process. In addition to digestive disorders in women, her clinical areas of interest include inflammatory bowel diseases, video capsule endoscopy, diet, nutrition, and weight loss. Washingtonian magazine has consistently named her one of the top doctors in her field.
Board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, Dr. Chutkan serves on numerous committees and boards. She chaired the training committee for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) from 2003 to 2006 and currently sits on the ASGE Governing Board. She is also on the Women's Committees of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Gastroenterology. She has served as vice-president for education for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) medical advisory committee and is actively involved in patient and physician education.
Dr. Chutkan has written dozens of journal articles and book chapters. She has been a featured lecturer throughout the United States and internationally. She was host and moderator for the NIH-sponsored series "Clinical Roundtable; the Bench to Bedside Series," which covered a wide range of medical topics. This continuing medical education series was broadcast to academic medical centers throughout the country. Dr. Chutkan has also made appearances on Discovery Health Channel as a host of news breaks and the popular Body Challenge Updates. She has been a frequent guest on The Early Show, The Dr, Oz Show, and The Doctors, as well as local news programs speaking on gastrointestinal diseases, nutrition, weight loss, and food safety. She recently hosted a "green" environmental series for students and was also featured in a PBS documentary on irritable bowel syndrome. She has served as the medical expert for articles on GI diseases in magazines and was recently featured in the Washington Times in an article on how physicians take care of themselves.
She is married and the mother of a 5-year-old girl, Sydney. She is fluent in Spanish and French and is an avid snowboarder, marathon runner, and vinyasa yoga practitioner. She is dedicated to helping her patients live not just longer, but better.