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Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
1315 York Avenue, Mezzanine
New York, NY 10021
P: (212) 746-5077 | F: (212) 746-8144
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The Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
1305 York Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10021
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Personal Statement

Ellen J. Scherl, M.D. is the Director of The Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, The Jill Roberts Professor of Clinical Medicine, Sanford I. Weill College of Cornell University - New York Presbyterian Hospital.  She is currently an  Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Scherl is a world-renowned expert in InflammatoryBowel Disease specializing in Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Dr. Brian Bosworth and Dr. Vinita Jacob are also part of The Roberts Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and work closely with Dr. Scherl. Dr. Scherl has an active practiceand serves as a principal investigator on many clinical trials on Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.  As part of Dr. Scherl's comprehensive approach to patient care, she closely collaborates with world renowned IBD surgical team leadby experts Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi and Dr. Jeffrey Milsom, complimented by Dr. Toyoki Sonoda, and Dr. Sang Lee.The team is known for innovative surgical approaches including laproscopic and endoscopic techniques as well as bowelsparing surgeries. The IBD center also works closely with Dr. Robbyn Sockolow, the director of the Pediatric GastroenterologyDivision and who also has an active pediatric IBD practice. Dr. Arun Swaminath, and Dr. Oscar Lebwohl of  The New YorkPresbyterian Hospital - Columbia Campus also work closely with Dr. Scherl in her efforts. 

The Roberts Centerfor Inflammatory Bowel Disease is exploring ways of intergrating healthcare and IBD research looking forward to achievingpreventive and personalized medicine. The IBD Center is committed to the interdisciplinary approach to Inflammatory Bowel Disease focusing on nutrition, osteoporosis, nephrology, dysplasia, and colon cancer screening using novel techniquessuch as narrow band imaging. Dr. Scherl frequently lectures on Inflammatory Bowel Disease at local, regional and nationalmeetings, conferences and seminars.

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Board Certifications
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
  • Endoscopy
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Colonoscopy
  • Clinical Research

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Health First
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care


  • M.D., New York Medical College, 1977

Honors and Awards

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Woman of Distinction   1995

   NYSGE Florence Lefcourt Distinguished Service Award         January 2007

   Â“Does the Degree of Endoscopic Severeity in Patients with Crohn’s

Disease Correlate with Pathologic Findings on Mucosal Biopsy

Specimens?” Mendelsohn, R.B., Bramlage, M., Makhoul, Y.,

Scherl, EJ, Yantiss, R., and Bosworth, B.P.

This was presented as a combination of the Division of the Roberts

Center for IBD, the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at

New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, the

Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Staten Island

University Hospital, Staten Island, New York. This received

Honorable mention or poster of distinction by Weill Cornell

Medical Center.                        May 2007



Jill Roberts Professor of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Weill Cornell Medical College

Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Attending Physician
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University



Dr. Scherl has an active practice and serves as a principal investigator on many clinical trials involving innovative and investigational therapies for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. She has established an IBD tissue bank at Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, has collaborated with researchers at Cornell University to identify a novel E. Coli bacteria associated with Crohn's Disease and continues to collaborate with Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital researchers investigating the immunogenetics and pathobiology of IBD. As part of Dr. Scherl's comprehensive approach to patient care , she closely  collabrates with Dr. Michelassi, Milsom, Sonoda, and Lee who are part of the internationally renowed and innovative IBD group of surgeons.

Dr. Scherl is an editorial reviewer for the IBD Journal, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Also, she is co-editing The Changing World Of IBD and co-authorizing a comprehensive IBD text-book. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

She recently received the 2008 AGA award for Outstanding  Women In Science and in 2007 was awarded the NYSGE Florence Lefcourt  Distinguised Service Award.

Currently, Dr. Scherl is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians ( FACP), American Gastroenterological Associate Fellow (AGAF) and a member of numerous professional societies. She is a Board member and the Education Director for Women and IBD: WE CARE, The Chair for the Chapter Medical Advisory Committee for the CCFA  and she also is on the Advisory Board for the GI Health Foundation, She frequently lectures on Inflammatory Bowel Disease at local, regional, and national meetings, conferences and seminars. She is exploring ways of integrating healthcare and IBD research looking towards achieving preventive and personalized medicine.