San Diego Gastroenterologist to Present at DOM Research Seminar as Guest Lecturer

Dr. Jesús Rivera-Nieves discusses translational research related to inflammatory bowel disease. To view an archived video of his presentation, click here.

A special guest speaker, San Diego gastroenterologist Jesús Rivera-Nieves, MD, has been named to present on inflammatory bowel disease at the DOM Research Seminar Series lecture on Thursday, Jan. 12, noon-1 p.m., at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, Room 5403.

Dr. Rivera-Nieves is a professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and team member at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at UC San Diego Medical Center and at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System.

The topic of his presentation is “Targeting Lymphocyte Traffic in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Past, Present and Future.”

Click here [PDF] to view a photo gallery from this seminar.

Dr. Nieves-Rivera's research laboratory focuses on treatment strategies for IBD—which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, both characterized by chronic inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract—using unique mouse models that develop Crohn's-like terminal ileitis. 

Among recent papers he has had published on this and other topics are:

Dr. Rivera-Nieves earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan. He completed his residency at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as well as a research fellowship at the Pulmonary Medicine Branch, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Bethesda, Md., and a training fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Virginia, Charlottsville.

He also holds several NIH-awarded grants, including “Dendritic Cell Manipulation: A Novel Therapeutic for Inflammatory Bowel Disease” (5I01BX001051-04), “Targeting L-Selectin in Chronic Murine Ileitis”(5R01DK080212-04) and “Lymphocyte Trafficking by Chemokines/Adhesion Molecules in Crohn's Disease” (3K08DK067254-05S1).

This UA Department of Medicine lecture series, began in September 2016 and occurs on the second Thursday of the month during the academic year, typically pairing a junior and senior investigator from our faculty who are with different divisions to ensure a variety of topics are covered.

A light lunch is served at each lecture, similar to Medicine Grand Rounds.

As these lectures are streamed live via UAHS Webcast, Banner – UMC South viewers should go to Conference Room 3030 (the same as for Grand Rounds) to view them. For the webcast, go to and click on the date to view this or any previous lecture in the series.

Look later in 2017 for lectures from previously named speakers for the Jan. 12 DOM Research Seminar:

  • Franz Rischard, DO, assistant professor of medicine, UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, and director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program; and
  • Jil Tardiff, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, UA Division of Cardiology, UA Sarver Heart Center member, DOM vice chair for research, and the Steven M. Gootter Endowed Chair for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death.

PLEASE NOTE: The January lecture has a change of venue. The remainder of DOM Research Seminar lectures for winter/spring 2017 will be held in UAHS Room 5403, noon – 1 p.m.

For the full list of speakers and dates in this seminar series, click here. Questions? Contact the Chair's Office — Claudia Duran, (520) 626-6349.

Release Date: 
12/21/2016 - 12:30pm