About Me

As a gastroenterologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and medical director of The Ohio State University Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, I specialize in caring for and treating patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I enjoy providing compassionate and comprehensive care to my patients.

My areas of research include the clinical outcomes and risks of IBD therapy, pharmacopidemiology, pharmacoeconomics and pregnant women with inflammatory bowel disease.

In collaboration with Seattle Children’s Hospital, I developed the first pediatric to adult IBD transition clinic in the Northwest. I’ve written several peer-reviewed publications and have been invited to lecture on many national and international programs.

I enjoy working at an academic medical center, where we’re able to provide excellent patient care, participate in research and train the next generation of physicians.
  • Abercrombie and Fitch Endowed Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Co-chair, Crohn’s and Colitis National Professional Education Committee (NPEC)
  • Minority Affairs and Cultural Diversity Committee Member of the American College of Gastroenterology
  • Board Member/Founder: IBD Horizons® (nonprofit IBD accredited organization)

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Crohn Disease
  • Colitis, Ulcerative
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
8/1/2002 - 6/30/2006


University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

6/1/2006 - 6/30/2008


University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

7/1/2008 - 6/30/2012


University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

7/1/2011 - 6/30/2012

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Gastroenterology)

Academic Information

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

63 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.3 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.3 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.5 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.3 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.7 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.1 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

    Caring and understanding.

  • Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

    I feel confident in her ability to work with me to get best treatment.

  • Reviewed on Nov 24, 2019

    The doc is so amazing. Her knowledge is unquestionable and I felt lucky to have gotten an appointment with her. Although this was care needed for a more immediate matter and was my first experience meeting the doc, the IBD clinic will now be managing my case on a regular basis.

  • Reviewed on Nov 01, 2019

    First visit! She was awesome!

  • Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

    She was awesome! Very thorough.

  • Reviewed on Sep 07, 2019

    I liked her. I reacted with stress when she told me I needed a colonoscopy because of previous bad experiences, but she took the time to make sure I was comfortable again.

  • Reviewed on Aug 04, 2019

    Thorough, she took a genuine interest in my health issues, answered my questions.

  • Reviewed on Jul 03, 2019

    She is awesome explain everything so I understand what my problems are going to have to help them.

  • Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

    This was a first time visit. I liked her very much. Easy to talk to and concerned with my issues.

  • Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019


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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. Afzali has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Celgene Corporation
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
  • IBD Horizons
  • AbbVie Inc.
  • Janssen Biotech
  • Diasorin Inc.
  • MedEdConsulting