GI Research Foundation Honors David T. Rubin, MD, with the Prestigious

1888 Press Release – Dr. Rubin, a living legend in the field of gastroenterology, will be recognized at the Champions for a Cure Ball for his visionary work in research and clinical care to help improve the digestive health of patients in need.

Chicago, IL – The GI Research Foundation, an established non-profit dedicated to raising funds to advance the science and treatment of digestive diseases, has presented its prestigious Joseph B. Kirsner Award to David T. Rubin, MD, the Joseph B. Kirsner Professor of Medicine; Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition; and Co-Director of the Digestive Diseases Center at the University of Chicago Medicine. A talented clinician, researcher, and educator of great personal character, Dr. Rubin embodies the legacy of Joseph B. Kirsner, MD, PhD, and has created an enduring legacy of his own.

“My colleagues and team know that in our life’s work, we stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before us, and it is our job to further their mission for the benefit of patients and their loved ones. I am honored and humbled to receive this year’s Joseph B. Kirsner Award, and I am inspired daily by the ongoing generosity and commitment from my GI Research Foundation family. I will continue to work with the brilliant physicians and scientists here and in collaboration with our partners around the world to end suffering from digestive diseases,” said Dr. Rubin.

The GI Research Foundation began the annual tradition of giving the Joseph B. Kirsner Award to recipients who have substantially furthered the organization’s mission to transform lives through groundbreaking research and exceptional patient care. The recipient is honored at the GI Research Foundation’s Champions for a Cure Ball, which features scientific updates and celebrates the many champions working towards better treatments and cures for digestive diseases.

World-renowned for his expertise in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—which affects as many as 10 million people globally—Dr. Rubin has exemplified the highest caliber of scientific inquiry and clinical care throughout his more than 30-year career. He is an ardent advocate for and lifelong friend to his patients, helping them achieve stable, long-term remission through evidence-based approaches, careful diagnosis, diligent follow up, and proactive care. In addition to his dedication to clinical practice, Dr. Rubin is building a roadmap for the future of his field, one where regenerative medicine can combat the current and future crises of digestive health.

“Dr. Rubin is always focused on the next paradigm for digestive health research. He wants patients to get the best treatment as fast as possible. His ability to mentor fellows and lead his Section into the future, all while providing extraordinary care to patients is almost unbelievable until you see him in action. We [at the GI Research Foundation] feel incredibly privileged to honor him at the Champions for a Cure Ball,” said Kathy Shafer, Ball Co-chair.

Dr. Rubin is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), and sits on the Board of Trustees for the ACG, among others. He is an author or coauthor of more than 250 peer-reviewed articles; the editor of a best-selling book on IBD; and the associate editor of the 11th edition of Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. Dr. Rubin has received countless accolades, including the 2020 Sherman Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis, one of the most notable awards in his field.

To help honor Dr. Rubin and aid the GI Research Foundation in creating a life free from digestive diseases, supporters can attend the 61st Anniversary Champions for a Cure Ball taking place on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Geraghty in Chicago. Visit the event website to reserve a ticket or make a donation:

About GI Research Foundation
The GI Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders, and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases. Founded in 1961 by grateful patients and friends of the late Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner, the organization helps ensure the UChicago Digestive Diseases Center remains at the forefront of innovation and personalized care. With millions of dollars raised, the GI Research Foundation is changing lives through groundbreaking research and exceptional patient care. For more information, visit

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