Cleveland Clinic Appoints New Chair of Gastroenterology & Hepatalogy

Miguel Regueiro, M.D., created new model of care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Miguel Regueiro, M.D., chair of the Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Cleveland Clinic recently appointed Miguel Regueiro, M.D., as the new chair of the Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. In this role, Dr. Regueiro will focus on expanding Cleveland Clinic’s patient-centered care for chronic digestive diseases, using a multispecialty, population-health approach.

Dr. Regueiro’s work with patients who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) led to a new model of healthcare delivery – the first-of-its kind medical home for IBD.

“The most important person in our relationship is the patient,” Dr. Regueiro said. “It’s about what they want from the care experience. The idea behind the medical home is to provide comprehensive care in an efficient manner, with minimal disruption to a patient’s life and personal schedule.”

Dr. Regueiro will apply lessons learned from the IBD medical home experience to liver, obesity, metabolic and functional bowel diseases and other specialties of gastroenterology and hepatology. With the next-generation medicine in mind, Dr. Regueiro also has a goal to develop research in healthcare economics and design population health and epidemiology studies.

Dr. Regueiro has led national and international research in IBD, creating clinical pathways, guidelines, and algorithms for postoperative management of Crohn’s disease. He founded “IBD LIVE,” the first Inflammatory Bowel Disease Live Interinstitutional and Interdisciplinary Videoconference Education series, which will now be integrated with Cleveland Clinic. This virtual weekly IBD meeting currently attracts 200 physicians from throughout the United States.

Conor Delaney, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute, said: “We are incredibly excited about the arrival of such an internationally recognized leader in the field as Dr. Regueiro. Because we have such a large inflammatory bowel disease program, Dr. Regueiro’s clinical expertise in IBD will perfectly complement and integrate into our experienced team of IBD gastroenterologists, surgeons and other health care specialists. His expertise in patient-centered care and medical homes also complements much of what we are doing at Cleveland Clinic and will help us expand access and overall care experience for our patients. In addition to these skills, Dr. Regueiro’s general focus on patient care and excellence, his personality, manner and leadership skills will strengthen our team for the future.”

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Regueiro was the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Medical Director and Associate Chief for Education in the Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in addition to being the Senior Medical Lead of Specialty Medical Homes. He was also professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Regueiro is a member and fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). He has published more than 130 original manuscripts. In addition, Dr. Regueiro has served on the editorial board and was editor for a number of major gastroenterology journals.

He has received several honors, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, the Joan Kornblum Memorial Prize for Excellence in Internal Medicine, the Clinical Investigator Training Award from Harvard/MIT Health Sciences, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Physician of the Year, the National Research Excellence in GI disease award, numerous fellowship teaching awards, and American Gastroenterology Association and American College of Gastroenterology Fellowships.

Dr. Regueiro earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and his medical degree at Drexel University. He completed his internal medicine residency, and fellowship training in gastroenterology at Beth Israel Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Regueiro succeeds John Vargo, M.D., who was named director of Endoscopy at Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute is ranked second in the nation for Gastroenterology & GI surgery by U.S. News & World Report.


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