Dr. Sonia Kupfer is a native of the northern suburb of Highland Park, IL. She attended Yale University and came to University of Chicago for medical school, residency and gastroenterology fellowship. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Associate Section Chief for Education in the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
Dr. Kupfer directs the Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic, where she manages patients at increased risk for gastrointestinal cancers. In addition, she is a member of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Dr. Kupfer’s research interests include colorectal cancer risk and disparities. She was awarded a K08 grant to study colorectal cancer genetic susceptibility in African Americans and an R21 grant to study inter-ethnic colonic responses to vitamin D in African and European Americans. In recognition of her work, she received the Distinguished Leader in Diversity and Inclusion Junior Award from the Biological Sciences Division.
Dr. Kupfer is active along the continuum of medical education at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She initiated a new academic skills and career development curriculum for the GI fellowship and leads the annual GI fellows academic skills retreat. In 2017, she received the Mentorship Award in recognition of her teaching and mentorship of the fellows. In addition, she has directed a number of regional CME courses.
On a national level, she is the current President of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer and will lead the annual meeting in Orlando this year. She also serves as a core faculty member of the City of Hope intensive course in cancer risk assessment. She will be speaking at the meeting of the International Society of Inherited Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours in Florence, Italy in 2017. Finally, Dr. Kupfer serves on various committees in the American Gastroenterological Association and is on the editorial board of GI and Hepatology News.