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Bo Shen, MD

Co-Director, Global Center for Integrated Colorectal Surgery and IBD Interventional Endoscopy


Crohn's Disease
Endoscopic Pouch Procedures
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Interventional Endoscopy
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Pouch Disease
Ulcerative Colitis


Bo Shen, MD, is one of the world’s pre-eminent leaders in interventional inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and pouch-related disorders due to his specialized expertise and experience treating a wide range of these conditions. Dr. Shen is the director of the IBD Center at Columbia and co-director of Columbia’s Global Center for Integrated Colorectal Surgery and IBD Interventional Endoscopy. He is also the Vice Chair for Innovation in Medicine and Surgery and a Professor of Medicine (in Surgery) and Edelman-Jarislowsky Professor in Surgical Sciences.

In addition to pouchitis and pouch diseases, Dr. Shen specializes in critical diagnostic evaluation, and medical and endoscopic management of IBD, GI endoscopy and imaging technology. Dr. Shen is known as a pioneer in interventional endoscopic therapy for IBD and ileal pouch disorders - this includes postponing or eliminating the need for surgery in some cases.

Dr. Shen comes to Columbia/NewYork-Presbyterian from the Cleveland Clinic, where he served as medical director for the Center of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and the Ed and Joey Story Endowed Chair, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute. While there, Dr. Shen established a subspecialty Pouchitis Clinic and Interventional IBD Unite - the first and largest of its kind in the United States. He also created an IBD Board, modeled after oncology tumor boards, to help manage the most challenging cases with multiple specialists.

A prolific researcher in the field with more than 600 peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Shen is funded by a number of government and philanthropic organizations, including the NIH, the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, the Broad Foundation, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

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Distinguished Clinician Award-American Gastroenterological Association, 2023

Founder: the International Ileal Pouch Consortium

Founder and Chair, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy- Special Interest Group in Interventional Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 2018

Founder, Global Interventional Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group, 2018

The outstanding PA/MD Team Award, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. 2015

Premier Physician Award, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Northeast Ohio Chapter, 2008

Physician of the Year, Department of Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Nutrition, Cleveland Clinic, 2007


Editor of Textbooks

Shen B. Editor. Interventional Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Endoscopic treatment and management of complications. Academic Press, Elsevier, Cambridge, MA 2018.

Shen B. Editor. Pouchitis and Ileal Pouch Disorders. Academic Press, Elsevier, Cambridge, MA, 2019.

Shen B. Editor, Atlas of Endoscopic Imaging in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Academic Press, Elsevier, Cambridge, MA, 2020.Shen B, Kiran RP, Editors. Corrective Endoscopy and Surgery in Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases. Academic Press, Elsevier, Cambridge, MA, 2023.

Recent Publications

Shen B, Kochhar G, Navaneethan U, Farraye FA, Schwartz DA, Iacucci M, Bernstein CN, Dryden GT, Cross R, Bruining DH, Kobayashi T, Lukas M, Shergill A, Bortlik M, Lan N, Lukas M, Tang SJ, Kotze PG, Kiran RP, Dulai PS, El-Hachem S, Coelho-Prabhu N, Thakkar S, Mao R, Chen GD, Zhang S, González Suárez B, Gonzalez Lama Y, Silverberg MS, Sandborn WJ. Consensus statement on endoscopic therapy for Crohn's disease strictures: practical guidelines from the Global Interventional Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol 2020;5:393-405.

Shen B, Kochhar G, Navaneethan U, Cross R, Farraye FA, Iacucci M, Schwartz DA, Gonzalez-Lama Y, Schairer J, Kiran RP, Kotze PG, Kobayashi T, Bortlik M, Liu X, Levy A, Begoña González Suárez B, Tang S, Coelho-Praobhu N, Lukas M, Bruining DH, El-Hachem S, Charles R, Chen Y, Sood A, Mao R, Loras C, Dulai PS, Picoraro JA, Chiorean M, Lukas M, Shergill A, Silverberg MS, Sandborn WJ, Bernstein CN. Endoscopic evaluation of surgically altered bowel in inflammatory bowel disease: Consensus guideline from the Global Interventional IBD Group. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol 2021;6:482-497.

Shen B, Kochhar GS, Kariv R, Liu X-L, Navaneethan U, Rubin DT, Cross RK, Sugita A, D'Hoore A, Schairer J, Farraye FA, Kiran RP, Fleshner P, Rosh J, Shah, Chang S, Scherl E, Pardi DS, Schwartz DA, Kotze PG, Bruining DH, Kane SV, Philpott J, Abraham B, Segal J, Sedano R, Kayal M, Bentley-Hibbert S, Tarabar D, El-Hachem S, Sehgal P, McCormick JT, Picoraro JA, Silverberg MS, Bernstein CN, Sandborn WJ, Vermeire S. Diagnosis and classification of ileal pouch disorders: consensus guidelines from the International Ileal Pouch Consortium. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol 2021;6:826-849.

Shen B, Kochhar GS MD, Rubin DT, Kane SV, Navaneethan U, Bernstein CN, Cross RK, Sugita A, Schairer, Kiran RP, Fleshner P, McCormick JT, D'Hoore A, Shah SA, Farraye FA, Kariv R, Liu X-L, Rosh J, Chang S, Scherl E, Schwartz DA, Kotze PG, Bruining DH, Philpott J, Abraham B, Segal J, Sedano R, Kayal M, Bentley-Hibbert S, Tarabar D, El-Hachem S, Sehgal P, Picoraro JA, Vermeire S, Sandborn WJ, Silverberg MS, Pardi DS. Treatment of pouchitis, Crohn’s disease, and cuffitis and other inflammatory disorders of the pouch: Consensus guidelines from the International Ileal Pouch Consortium. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol 2022;7:69-95.

Kiran RP, Kochhar GS, Kariv R, Rex DX, Sugita A, Rubin DT, Navaneethan U, Hull TL, Ko HM, Xiuli Liu XL, Kachnic LA, Strong SA, MD, Prof Marietta Iacucci M, Bemelman W, Philip Fleshner P, Safyan RA, Kotze PG, D'Hoore A, Omar Faiz O, Lo S, Ashburn JH, Spinelli A, Bernstein CN, Kane SV, Cross RK, Schairer J, McCormick, JT, FA, Chang SE, Schwartz DA, Bruining DH, Bentley-Hibbert S, Tarabar D El-Hachem S, Sandborn WJ, Silverberg MS Pardi DS, Church JM, Shen B. Management of pouch neoplasia: A consensus guideline from the International Ileal Pouch Consortium. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol 2022;7:871-893.

Travis S, Silverberg MS, Danese S, Gionchetti P, Löwenberg M, Jairath V, Feagan BG, Bressler B, Ferrante M, Hart A, Lindner D, Escher A, Jones S, Shen B; EARNEST Study Group. Vedolizumab for the treatment of chronic pouchitis. N Engl J Med. 2023;388:1191-1200.