Faculty Members

Dr. Daniel C. Baumgart

Professor & Director

Department of Medicine

Division of Gastroenterology
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About Me

Daniel C. Baumgart, MD PhD MBA FACP FRCP (Lon) AGAF went to medical school in Berlin, Basle (Switzerland) and Würzburg (Bavaria). He received his training in internal medicine, gastroenterology, hepatology and immunology at the Charité and as a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German Research Foundation (DFG) scholar at theUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethdesda, MD, USA.

Prior to his current appointment as University Professor and Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Unit at the University of Alberta and chairs the AHS Digestive Health ConnectCare Working Group in Edmonton, Canada he served as Professor and Deputy Chief of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Charité Medical School of the Humboldt-University of Berlin, and elected Fellow at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) endowed by the StiftungCharité foundation. He was Visiting Professor at Yale University, New Haven, CT and Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA and currently is at Peking University, Beijing, China.

Dr. Baumgart is actively involved in the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic concepts for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis including new modalities of optical detection to visualize inflammation, mucosal damage and epithelial restitution and image guided intervention. He has been principal investigator in some 200 multinational clinical trials. His laboratory is focused on the investigation of human dendritic cells in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases.

A trailblazer of digitization he has a strong interest in digital health, artificial intelligence (AI) and decision support ultimately aiming to provide precision medicine at the point of care. A founding member of the University of Alberta Precision Health Signature Area he chairs the Digestive Health Provincial Connect Care Working Group in Alberta. His work on artificial intelligence anabled medical decision support in collaboration with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), the Alberta Health Services Chief Medical Information Office, Alberta Health Services Analytics, Data integration, Measurement and Reporting, Alberta Health Services Virtual Health Unit, as wells as the the Alberta Innovates Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Support Unit received grant support from the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Dr. Baumgart has been serving on the editorial boards of leading medical and scientific journals including The Lancet, Gut and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases as well as elected scientific commitee member of the Canadian IBD Research Consortium (CIRC / CCRM) and elected executive board member of the German IBD Compentence Network within the German Society for Gastroenterology (DGVS) and sits on various other international panels including the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization.

A BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation responsible leadership alumnus he developed an innovative integrated clinical and research training curriculum for academic physicians, that received numerous awards including the VolkswagenStiftung foundation's Off the Beaten Track award for its extraordinary design and visionary impetus to academia and has been approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG), Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the German Council of Science and Humanities (WR) and adopted by German medical schools nationwide.

In 2013 Dr. Baumgart was appointed fellow, American College of Physicians (FACP), Philadelphia; in 2014 fellow, American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF), Bethesda; and in 2017 Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), London, UK.

Research Keywords

AI, artificial intelligence, autoimmune diseases, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, decision support, digital health, IBD, immunology, inflammatory bowel diseases, machine learning, precision health, precision medicine, ulcerative colitis, ultrasound