Bianca N. Islam, MD, PhD, MSc

Bianca N. Islam, MD, PhD, MSc

Gastroenterology Fellow,
Harrington Physician Scientist Program,
Digestive Health Institute
Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Cleveland, Ohio

I graduated from the MD-PhD program at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University (AU). I am currently in the Harrington Physician-Scientist Program at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. I have completed my residency in Internal Medicine. I am currently a Gastroenterology Fellow at the Digestive Health Institute at UHCMC/VAMC/CWRU.

My research interests are focused on developing treatment and prevention modalities for inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. My research focus is on understanding intestinal homeostasis and how chronically inflamed intestinal microenvironments promote colon carcinogenesis. I obtained my PhD from the Biochemistry and Cancer biology program at AU and my doctoral research studied the role of Viagra in the prevention of Colon Cancer. This study was featured on the July 2017 cover for the AACR Journal Cancer Prevention Research and was recognized at the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting as one of the most cited articles of the year.

I have been an Associate member of AACR since 2010 as an undergraduate student and I was also fortunate to receive an AACR MICR trainee award in 2015. I am so thrilled to be serving on the Associate Member Council and recognize how important my role is as a representative for our 23,000 Associate member graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows. My lifelong goal is to educate my patients, peers, and the public about science and medicine. I envision my future career as a faculty member in academia having multiple roles in clinical and research arenas, as well as in education and advocacy.