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Ashkan Farhadi, M.D., MS, FACG is a leading gastroenterologist, researcher and teacher in academic settings for the last two decades and he is currently a volunteer Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine. He has been involved in multiple research projects and has authored and co-authored several scientific papers, books and book chapters.

Dr. Farhadi is a highly regarded and experienced Board Certified gastroenterologist. He has a Master's degree in Clinical Research and is a senior member of the American College of Gastroenterology. He has extensive experience as a researcher and professor at several major universities. Previously, he was a clinical faculty at Rush University in Chicago, where he focused his clinical and research interests on common gastrointestinal problems, namely Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

He currently serves as the Director of Digestive Disease Center at MemorialCare Medical Group and volunteer faculty at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches in the Gastroenterology Fellowship program. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (OCMMC).

Dr. Farhadi has written, either solo or as part of a team, over 100 papers, articles and abstracts for various medical publications and journals. Additionally, he is the author of several books on Dynamic Diet, IBS and Positive Psychology that have been widely accepted and translated into five different languages. His latest book The Evolution of Happiness was started as a research project that exploring the role of happiness in IBS. Dr. Farhadi holds six U.S. patents with six more pending, all designed to improve patients’ care.

For more information about Dr. Farhadi, please click on the links below:

Profile of Dr. Ashkan Farhadi

Rush University Medical Center


I recommend the following articles to get insights on IBS

An update on the IBS therapy
Irritable bowel syndrome: an update on therapeutic modalities

Role of mast cells in gastrointestinal tract
Mucosal mast cells are pivotal elements in inflammatory bowel disease that connect the dots: Stress, intestinal hyperpermeability and inflammation

Role of mast cells in gastrointestinal inflammation
Reduced immunostaining for c-kit receptors in mucosal mast cells in inflammatory bowel disease

The effect of stress on the gastrointestinal tract and the role of mast cells and the brain-gut-axis
Heightened responses to stressors in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Role of intestinal barrier in health and disease
Intestinal barrier: an interface between health and disease

Sleep disturbances in gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders
Impact of sleep disturbances in inflammatory bowel disease

Relevance of sleep and chronic inflammation
The relevance of sleep abnormalities to chronic inflammatory conditions

The connection between the allergic disorders and IBS
Atopic irritable bowel syndrome: a novel subgroup of irritable bowel syndrome with allergic manifestations


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