Meenakshi Bewtra, MD, MPH, PhD, graduated from Yale University and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed training in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology with specific training and expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). While a resident, Dr. Bewtra also completed a Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health with a specific focus on epidemiology and biostatistics. She completed her PhD at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) at the University of Pennyslvania, with a focus on the use of discrete choice experiments in IBD.
Dr. Bewtra is an assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and a senior scholar at the CCEB at the University of Pennsylvania. In her role at the CCEB, Dr. Bewtra serves as the primary research mentor for college students, residents, and fellows within the institution's Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology program. She is a member of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and American College of Gastroenterology, and she has previously served on the executive management board of the AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry.
Dr. Bewtra has been conducting epidemiological research in the field of IBD for more than a decade and has authored many articles, editorials, reviews, and book chapters in peer-reviewed and other research publications. She has obtained a K08 National Institutes of Health grant, with a specific focus on outcomes research and discrete choice studies in ulcerative colitis and evaluating medical versus surgical therapies in these patients. She is currently conducting several additional discrete choice studies evaluating IBD patients' risk preferences. Dr. Bewtra is the primary investigator of an IBD biorepository at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Institute of Immunology. The university and the institute have several ongoing and completed studies and grants related to this work, linking clinical metadata with immunological and microbiological tissue.