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TALKING WITH

Marla Dubinsky, MD

I continue to be inspired by the resilience of my patients,
and being able to help patients is very fulfilling.

From New York, NY
Years of experience: Over 20

Licensed Doctor
1

What motivated you to specialize
in gastroenterology?

I was inspired by inflammatory bowel disease patients and wanted to be able to be involved in a
research field where there are more questions than answers.
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2

What is the greatest challenge many
of your patients with UC face?

Some people living with UC accept a new reality, settling for periods of uncontrolled symptoms. We have a responsibility to partner with patients, empowering them toward their goals – whether it’s being able to eat what they want, skydive, or ski on their holiday – and give them hope.

Number of countries visited:

Over 30

3

In treating patients with UC,
what is your biggest challenge?

We still don’t know what causes UC – we know there is an interplay between genetic susceptibility,
the bacteria living in the gut, and environmental factors, but we don’t understand any of these
contributors well enough. So, while prescription treatment options exist, I still don’t have a cure that I
can offer my patients.

My Personal Motto:

Lead by example
and inspire others.

4

What advice would you give
a person living with UC?

If you’re experiencing UC symptoms, you are not in remission. Challenge this new reality that involves
symptoms such as frequent bowel movements, rectal bleeding, or abdominal pain. By working with
your physician, you can formulate a disease management plan together.

Bucket List:

Visiting the gorillas
in Rwanda.

5

Beyond a cure, what is your number
one wish for the UC community?

Greater access to a multidisciplinary team (MDT). Co-management helps patients get what they
need when they are diagnosed through a team approach, because at that stage, they don’t know
what they need. And people continue to need that ancillary support in the longer term – for nutrition,
pregnancy, emotions, etc.

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LAURA SCAVIOLA

LAURA SCAVIOLA

Since her UC diagnosis in 2013, Laura
has been involved in various advocacy
efforts for the UC community.

MICHELE RUBIN,APN

MICHELE RUBIN, APN

Michele is an advanced practice nurse
specializing in inflammatory bowel
disease and has been working with the
UC community for 40 years.

MARLA DUBINSKY,MD

MARLA DUBINSKY, MD

Dr. Dubinsky is the chief of pediatric
gastroenterology and hepatology at
Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
She is also a professor at Icahn
School of Medicine.

LAURIE KEEFER, PHD

LAURIE KEEFER, PHD

Laurie is an academic and a health
psychologist specializing in the care
of patients with chronic digestive
diseases. She has been researching
and working with the UC
community for 14 years.

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