Dr. Uma Mahadaven
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Dr. Uma Mahadevan is a Professor of Medicine at UCSF and Medical Director of the UCSF Center for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Dr. Mahadevan's areas of expertise in IBD include pregnancy and fertility outcomes, microscopic colitis, the development of new therapies in clinical trials, and pouchitis. As a researcher, she has been widely published in various medical journals and books including Gut and American Journal of Gastroenterology, and also serves as associate editor and reviewer for several gastroenterology journals.
“Data have shown increased anxiety and depression among women and men with IBD, but more so in women based on available data, particularly if they have ileostomies or perianal disease, or if they’re afraid to go out because they have significant bowel symptoms. These are issues that impact their quality of life, their overall health and their seeking of health care, but they may not be adequately addressed. So as their gastroenterologist, you should be asking them if they have issues with anxiety and depression, referring them to appropriate counselors, and also just informing them that it’s not uncommon to have these issues. It’s very common to have those types of concerns, but they may not always be raised at the physician’s office by the patients themselves.”
-Dr. Uma Mahadevan