Anita Afzali

Anita Afzali, MD

  • Gastroenterology
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

Appointments: (614) 293-1659

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

  • Colitis, Ulcerative
  • Crohn Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

University of Washington School of Medicine


Internal Medicine
University of Washington Medical Center
6/1/2006 - 6/30/2008


University of Washington Medical Center
7/1/2008 - 6/30/2012

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
University of Washington Medical Center
7/1/2011 - 6/30/2012

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Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Gastroenterology)

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition


43 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.4 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.3
  • Listens Carefully 4.3
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.5
  • Knows My Medical History 4.3
  • Shows Respect 4.7
  • Time Spent Together 4.1

16 Patient Comments

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


Reviewed on Feb 02, 2019

very knowledgeable physician

Reviewed on Jan 04, 2019

I waited an hour past my appointment time to see the dr. I really didn't mind because she is an excellent dr. and spends all the time I need explaining everything to me and listening to my concerns & questions - I feel very well cared for by her and her team!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018

I felt she was descriptive and gave me knowledge so I can make the best decision possible-very kind tone when speaking.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2018


Reviewed on Jul 27, 2018

Very kind and understanding. Had a clear plan but asked my opinion which I appreciated.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2018

I was very happy with Dr. Afzali. She explained to me very well about my condition.

Reviewed on Jun 02, 2018

Extremely knowledgeable & helpful. Very friendly. Instilled confidence in me that my health will get better.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2018

Care provider was thorough, accurate, and friendly

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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 12/20/2018, 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
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
  • IBD Horizons
  • UCB Pharma
  • AbbVie Inc.
  • Janssen Biotech