Basic Research Councillor

Gary D. Wu, MD

Basic Research Councillor, American Gastroenterological Association 

Gary D. Wu, MD, studied chemistry at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, before receiving his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL. Dr. Wu completed his internship and residency at University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis and his gastroenterology fellowship at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Wu is the Ferdinand G. Weisbrod professor in gastroenterology at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is the associate chief for research in the division of gastroenterology, co-director of the PennCHOP Microbiome Program, and the associate director of the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease. He is an elected member of both the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. The research programs in Dr. Wu’s laboratory focus on the mutualistic interactions between the gut microbiota and the host, with a particular focus on metabolism. He received the 2017 AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award for his project, “Equol Production as a Model for the Impact of Diet on the Metabolome of the Gut Microbiota in Humans.”

An active member of AGA for the past 25 years, Dr. Wu served as an AGA Institute Council member from 2007 to 2012, and more recently as the chair of the scientific advisory board for the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education. He has also been a member of various committees, and is currently on the subcommittee for AGA-Chinese Society of Gastroenterology Strategic Initiative. In May 2017, Dr. Wu joined the governing board as the basic research councillor.