Dr. Caroline Hwang is a gastoenterologist with specialized training in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Having trained at the IBD Center at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) under the direction of national experts Uma Mahadevan and Fernando Velayos, Dr. Hwang has extensive background in caring for patients with complex, steroid-dependent or steroid-refractory disease, as well as working with IBD patients with pregnancy and fertility concerns. In addition to upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, she is experienced in performing endoscopy in patients with ileoanal pouches as well as chromoendoscopy for colon cancer screening/resection of colitis-associated dysplasia.
Dr. Hwang's research interests include developing innovative nutritional interventions for the complications of IBD and identifying environmental triggers for this disease. She has received several awards and research grants from IBD and cancer prevention organizations (Inflammatory Bowel Disease Working Group, PanCAN). She has also authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals about micronutrient deficiencies as well as pregnancy issues in IBD. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Inflammatory Bowel Disease journal, published by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
American Gastrointestinal Association: Grant Awardee, 2009
Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, USC: Outstanding Instructor Award, 2013
Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha Omega Alpha
American College of Gastroenterologists: 2014 Fellows' IBD Award, 2014
Women Educators, Clinicians and Researchers in IBD: Fellows' Award, 2012
Tinsley A, Ehrlich OG, Hwang C, Issokson K, Zapala S, Weaver A, Siegel CA, Melmed GY. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Regarding the Role of Nutrition in IBD Among Patients and Providers. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2016 Oct; 22(10):2474-81. View in: PubMed
Hassid BG, Lucas AL, Salomao M, Weng C, Liu F, Khanna LG, Kumar S, Hwang C, Chabot JA, Frucht H. Absence of pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia predicts poor survival after resection of pancreatic cancer. Pancreas. 2014 Oct; 43(7):1073-7. View in: PubMed
Hwang C, Ross V, Mahadevan U. Popular exclusionary diets for inflammatory bowel disease: the search for a dietary culprit. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2014 Apr; 20(4):732-41. View in: PubMed
Hwang C, Velayos F. On the Question of Ethnicity and Its Impact on IBD-Related Outcomes. Dig Dis Sci. 2014 Jan; 59(1):19-21. View in: PubMed