Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF, received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Florida. She then completed her residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and her gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine, where she also completed her post-doctoral fellowship in molecular and cancer biology. In 2008, Dr. Abreu returned to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, serving as chief of gastroenterology from 2008-2016. She currently serves as the director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center as well as the vice chair for research for the department of medicine.
Dr. Abreu’s research focuses on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer. She has also operationalized the “University of Miami IBD Center Clinical Phenotype Database and Tissue Repository,” which includes one of the largest numbers of Hispanic samples in the U.S. She has more than 100 publications and has received numerous honors, such as the Distinguished Clinician Award in the department of medicine for the University of Miami.
Dr. Abreu has made numerous contributions to AGA, most notably serving as the former chair of the AGA Institute Council, which plans AGA’s programming for Digestive Disease Week® (DDW). She has served on many AGA committees, including the nominating committee, public affairs and advocacy committee, and the committee for under-represented minorities.