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Lawrence J. Saubermann, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-4711

Fax: (585) 276-0101

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Pediatrics


Dr. Saubermann's clinical interest is centered on taking care of adolescents and adults with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, such as Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Sprue(gluten sensitive enteropathy), and microscopic /lymphocytic colitis, though he also sees patients with a variety of gastrointestinal and liver related illnesses. As part of the complex care required by these patients, he utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that sometimes involves rheumatologists, pathologists, dermatologists radiologists, ophthalmologist, and surgeons. Through his clinical trial work, he also provided access to advanced treatments that are being tested in the treatment of these disorders.

Professional Background

Dr. Lawrence Saubermann is a Gastroenterologist at Strong Memorial Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He graduated with honors and a BA degree in Biology from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, and then completed his MD degree at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. His internship and residency in Internal Medicine was done at Rhode Island Hospital (Brown University) in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Saubermann then completed a clinical and research fellowship in Gastroenterology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was an Instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women's hospital for two years before moving to Boston Medical Center (Boston University) to establish his independent IBD research program. While at Boston Medical Center, he became an Assistant Professor of Medicine. In July 2005, he came to Strong Memorial Hospital as an Associate Professor to continue his research and clinical activities in the area of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In 2010 he became the Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Golisano Children's Hospital, and was promoted to full Professor in both Pediatrics and Medicine. During his time as division chief he grew a robust practice and became a recognized regional and national leader in IBD. After twelve years as chief he stepped down to pursue a new project, becoming the URMC GI Lead at Highland Hospital in 2023. He continues to participate in research and teaching in order to provide state-of-the-art excellent patient care.


Dr. Saubermann is interested in the intestinal mucosal immune system, and how it is involved in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, such as Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Microscopic/lymphocytic colitis, and Celiac Sprue. He has a number of projects related to inflammatory bowel disease, including clinical research trials with new biologic agents, testing for novel serologic markers of disease activity, and examining the effects of environmental toxins on the mucosal immune system. He is collaborating with other clinical and basic science researchers throughout the university to better understand the mechanisms behind the disease and develop new therapies. In addition, he participates as a co-investigator on a longitudinal countywide database study of inflammatory bowel disease subjects.



MD | UT Southwestern Medical Center (Allied Health)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1994 - 09/30/1998
Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Brigham & Womens Hospital

07/01/1992 - 06/30/1994
Residency in Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital GME

07/01/1991 - 06/30/1992
Internship in Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital GME

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CCFA Executive Board and CMAC
Location: Rochester Chapter

Fellowship in American College of Gastroenterology

Chair of Education, Appointed Member
Sponsor: CCFA Medical Advisory Committee
Location: Rochester, NY

Senior Research Award Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Senior Research Award

Appointed Institutional Review Board Committee Member (Panel Purple, Active)

Appointed Member of New England CCFA Medical Advisory Committee (Active)

Broad Medical Research Program Award Broad Foundation

Appointed Institutional Review Board Committee Member (Panel Green, Active)

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) National Institutes of Health

Physician Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Award Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award K08
Sponsor: National Institute of Health

Astra-Merck Advanced Research Training Award American Digestive Health Foundation

cum laude Brandeis University

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Journal Articles

"P047?The Crohn's Disease-Health Index (CD-HI): Development and Validation of a Novel, Disease-Specific Patient Reported Outcome Measure for Clinical Trials." The American journal of gastroenterology.. 2021 Dec 1; 116(Suppl 1):S12.

Park S, Miller J, Cheong J, Ullah A, Saubermann L, Decross A. "Late-Onset Posttransplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder Results in Jejunal Stricture Managed with Endoscopic Dilation." Case reports in gastrointestinal medicine. 2021 2021:5583665. Epub 2021 Aug 03.

Baig A, Avlasevich SL, Torous DK, Bemis JC, Saubermann LJ, Lovell DP, MacGregor JT, Dertinger SD. "Assessment of systemic genetic damage in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease." Environmental and molecular mutagenesis.. 2020 Aug 5; Epub 2020 Aug 05.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Ulcerative Colitis
Book Title: Therapies of Digestive Disorders, second edition
Author List: Saubermann LJ; Farraye FA
Edited By: M.W. Wolfe, et al, Eds.
Published By: Elsevier Publishers 2006

Chapter Title: Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Book Title: Cecil Essentials of Medicine
Author List: Saubermann, LJ and Farraye, FA.
Edited By: Andreoli TE et al.
Published By: W.B. Saunders Company 2003 in Philadelphia

Chapter Title: Immunological Aspects of Gastroenterology
Book Title: Molecular Immunology of Mucosal T Cells
Author List: Saubermann, LJ and Blumberg RS
Published By: Kluwer Academic Press 2000