Dr. Burakoff

Robert Burakoff, MD, MPH

Gastroenterologist, Vice Chair for Ambulatory Services for the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell


Gastroenterology, Hepatology


Albany Medical College of Union University



Before joining the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Clinical Chief of GI in 2003, Robert Burakoff, MD, MPH, served as the Division Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, New York and Professor of Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook, New York, and then Director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy and Director of the GI Center of Excellence at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

In 2017, he joined the Weill Cornell Medical College as Vice Chair for Ambulatory services, Site Chief for GI at Lower Manhattan Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. A long standing leader and innovator in the field of inflammatory bowel disease, Dr. Burakoff was the founding editor and co-editor in chief of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the first national and international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to original basic and clinical research in IBD. He has served on the National Scientific Advisory Cabinet of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America since 1985 and he has received several awards from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America for his commitment to patient care, education, and research.  

He is passionate about teaching and mentoring and has served as GI Fellowship Program Director at Winthrop-University Hospital in NY, Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  He has organized and directed multiple GI courses in IBD and general GI as well as CD-ROM GI review courses. For his dedication to education and mentoring he was nominated for the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award at Harvard Medical School in 2017.

In addition, he has had significant interest in public policy and healthcare reform receiving his M.P.H. from Columbia University in Healthcare Policy and Management and has served as Chair of the AGA Advocacy and Public Policy Committee and represented the AGA to the President of the United States during the George W. Bush administration for the Patient Bill of Rights.


Robert Burakoff, MD received his medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University. He completed his residency at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, his research fellowship in medicine at Harvard Medical School and his clinical and research fellowship in gastroenterology at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA.

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