Since the start of my medical training, I have been involved in research and patient care for inflammatory bowel disease. Although my path has led me to many different academic institutions across the country, my passion and commitment to a career in gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease has never wavered. I developed an interest in short bowel syndrome during my GI fellowship working alongside a national leader in the field. I realized a need for physicians who specialized in both inflammatory bowel disease and short bowel syndrome as these two conditions often overlap.
Now, as a gastroenterologist who specializes in inflammatory bowel disease and short bowel syndrome, I see some very complex patients with whom I have developed long-term relationships over the course of years of treatment. This opportunity for continuity of care drew me toward medicine and specifically gastroenterology because it’s so rewarding to be a part of my patients’ journey to better health.
I provide comprehensive, compassionate care to my patients and believe in forming strong partnerships while encouraging patients to take an active role in their care. I advocate strongly for patient education, and as such, I take the time to provide clear, easy-to-understand explanations of a patient’s specific disease and treatment options. Having a thorough understanding of this information allows my patients to make informed and thoughtful decisions and ensures that they are an active participant in their care.
In my field, it’s important to have a multidisciplinary approach to care. I work closely with surgeons, dietitians, nurses and pharmacists, as well as physicians from other specialties, such as rheumatology and dermatology, which overlap with inflammatory bowel disease. It was clear to me from the first moment of visiting The Ohio State University Wexner Center that my future colleagues and peers were just as committed as I was to providing high quality compassionate care to our patients and that sentiment has only continued to grow as we work as a collaborative team each and every day.
Patients who have chronic GI disorders like inflammatory bowel disease and short bowel syndrome often suffer from various nutritional deficiencies as well as significant changes to body composition and lean muscle mass. My research focuses on this area, specifically sarcopenia, which is the loss of lean muscle mass and function as a result of metabolic and nutritional derangements that occur in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and short bowel syndrome. I have presented multiple posters at national GI meetings in inflammatory bowel disease and short bowel syndrome and have published scientific manuscripts in these areas as well.
Outside of practicing medicine, I enjoy gardening, traveling, photography, cooking and reading. I also practice yoga and have been involved in the martial arts for more than 20 years. These hobbies keep me grounded and remind me why I do what I do each and every day.
- Advanced fellowship training in inflammatory bowel disease
- Multiple medical student teaching awards during internal medicine residency
Procedures and Conditions I Treat
- Colitis, Ulcerative
- Digestive System Diseases
- Crohn Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Short Bowel Syndrome
Education and Training
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
8/1/2007 - 5/31/2011
Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI
7/1/2011 - 6/30/2014
Post Doctoral Fellow
Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO
7/1/2014 - 6/30/2016
Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
7/1/2016 - 6/30/2019
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Gastroenterology)
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Consulting and Related Relationships
At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.
As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Chiplunker has reported no relationships with companies or entities.