Jeffrey Hyams, MD
Dr. Hyams is the Head of the Division of Digestive Diseases, Hepatology and Nutrition at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Hyams led the effort to develop and validate the Pediatric Crohn’s Disease Activity Index (PCDAI) that is currently the standard disease activity instrument for pediatric Crohn’s disease, and was one of the authors in the development of the Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Activity Index (PUCAI). He was the primary founder of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) Collaborative Research Group, a 30 center consortium that has enrolled over 1750 newly diagnosed children with IBD and was one of 7 founding members of the Pediatric Research Organization for Kids with Intestinal Inflammatory Disorders (PRO-KIIDS), a multicenter Crohn’s and Colitis of America sponsored research project designed to identify immunogenetic and microbial markers of rapid disease progression in children with Crohn’s disease. He has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and is the Co-Editor of one of the standard textbooks of pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Hyams received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. After medical school he trained in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology at the Boston Children’s Hospital.