Thomas Sferra

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Thomas Sferra, MD

Division Chief

Associate Professor

  • Division: Gastroenterology and Nutrition


Thomas J. Sferra, MD, is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Martin and Betty Rosskamm Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. He has a joint appointment as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at UH Case Medical Center. Dr. Sferra also is Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cystic fibrosis, pancreatic diseases, Clostridium difficile infection, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. He was named to the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Case Medical Center medical staff in 2012.

Dr. Sferra earned a Bachelor of Sciences in combined sciences at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, and completed his medical degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio. He served his pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, where he was Chief Resident. He completed a three-year research fellowship as member of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs Pediatric Scientist Development Program in the Division of Medical Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich., followed by a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Children’s Hospital, Columbus.

Prior to his appointment to the UH staff, Dr. Sferra was the Children’s Hospital Foundation Griffin Family Chair; Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics; and Adjunct Member, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.

An active researcher and a prolific author, Dr. Sferra has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals reporting on his research related to the development of novel therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer, gene therapy, epidemiology of gastrointestinal disorders, Clostridium difficile infection, and other topics and has authored or coauthored more than 10 textbook chapters and reviews. He is a frequent presenter and invited lecturer at national medical meetings.

Dr. Sferra is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

Research Interests
• Epidemiology of gastrointestinal diseases using large datasets
• Development of novel therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer

Honors and Recognition
• Cleveland Magazine Best Docs, 2013, 2014
• Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America, 2008 – 2014
• Best Doctors in America, 2009-2014