Uzma Siddiqui,MD , Professor of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has been named as the Director of the Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics (CERT). Dr. Siddiqui received her MD at the University of Miami, followed by internal medicine residency training at George Washington University and gastroenterology fellowship training at NYU. She then completed a one-year advanced endoscopy fellowship in the Section of Digestive Diseases at Yale University and stayed on faculty for almost 7 years until 2011 with multiple leadership roles including Associate Program Director for the GI fellowship and Director of the endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) program.

In 2012 Dr. Siddiqui joined the Department of Medicine as an associate professor of medicine and Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Training and EUS programs. During her almost decade of service to the Department and institution, she has been an integral part of the CERT team’s success. Her clinical practice is focused on endoscopy procedures related to pancreaticobiliary disease and gastrointestinal oncology and she is known as an international expert in performing these advanced techniques. Furthermore, Dr. Siddiqui is a committed educator. In addition to being invited course lecturer at numerous courses, she has directed or co-directed >25 conferences and has over 100 publications that have contributed to the field of advanced endoscopy. In light of her accomplishments, she was appointed as Associate Director of CERT in 2015 and in 2020 was promoted to professor of medicine.

Outside of the University of Chicago, Dr. Siddiqui has earned recognition as founding member and current vice president of the international organization, Women in Endoscopy (WIE), and has served on multiple national society committees, including the newly created American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s (ASGE) Advanced Endoscopy Committee and is a Co-Chair of the American Gastroenterology Association’s (AGA) Duodenoscope Education Program. Based on her established leadership and contributions to the field, Dr. Siddiqui was awarded the Healio Woman Disruptor of the Year Award (for a female leader in gastroenterology) and most recently received (along with Drs. Sonia Kupfer and Namrata Setia) the University of Chicago Provost’s Global Faculty Award to support an international educational collaboration with professional colleagues in São Paulo, Brazil.