Basic Research Councillor
Nicholas Davidson, MD, DSc, AGAF

Nicholas Davidson, MD, DSc, AGAF, received his medical degree from King’s College, University of London in England. Dr. Davidson completed his internship at King’s College Hospital and residency at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, England. He then undertook research training at Rockefeller University, New York and completed his gastroenterology fellowship training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (New York Presbyterian Medical Center).

Dr. Davidson is currently the John E. and Adaline Simon professor of medicine and division director of gastroenterology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He also serves as the PI/director of the P30 Digestive Disease Research Core Center and the T-32 training grant in academic gastroenterology at Washington University in which he oversees and directs strategic allocation of resources and enabling technology in advancing studies of host environmental interactions in digestive and liver disease.
Prior to his recruitment to Washington University, he served as director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at the University of Chicago and was co-director of the University of Chicago Medical Scientist Training Program.

His long standing basic-translational research program focuses on the role of gatekeeper genes that regulate intestinal and hepatic lipoprotein assembly and secretion, including apoB and microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (Mttp). These research activities have focused on the molecular genetics of intestinal lipid transport, enterohepatic bile acid signaling and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Dr. Davidson’s clinical-translational interests have focused on various aspects of colorectal cancer, including inherited and familial syndromes. These studies aim to advance understanding of disparities and poverty in outcomes of colorectal cancer patients, looking specifically at neighborhood and geographic impact.

Dr. Davidson is an active member of AGA, previously serving as chair of the AGA Institute Council Section for Basic and Clinical Intestinal Disorders and the AGA Research Policy Committee and Research Awards Panel. AGA has honored Dr. Davidson with the AGA Institute Council Section Research Mentor Award and AGA Research Foundation Scholar Award funded by GlaxoSmithKline. This is Dr. Davidson’s second time on the governing board; he previously served on the AGA Institute Governing Board 2002-2004.