Dr. Claudia Sanmiguel has joined the Division faculty as program director of the Ingestive Behavior and Obesity Program, where she is conducting research on brain-gut interactions with an emphasis on the role of the brain in the development of obesity. Dr. Sanmiguel’s clinical expertise is in gastrointestinal motility disorders, including achalasia, spastic disorders of the esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), gastroparesis and motor disorders of the colon and anorectal region. She has published original research on gastrointestinal manometry/intraluminal impedance and on the effect of electrical stimulation on GERD, gastroparesis and constipation; as well as in obesity and diabetes.
After graduating from the Pontificial Javeriana University School of Medicine in Bogota, Colombia, Dr. Sanmiguel completed her internship and residency training in internal medicine at the UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and fellowship in gastroenterology at the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases. She practiced gastroenterology in her native country of Colombia before moving to Canada and then the United States to pursue her interest in research on motility disorders. As part of her research training, she spent time at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and two years at the Cleveland Clinic as a research fellow in gastrointestinal motility. She also worked as a researcher in the GI Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Sanmiguel is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.