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Introducing the
Gastro Girl Podcast!

If you’re one of the 1 in 4 people who is living with a chronic digestive health condition , you’re not alone. Whether you’re just diagnosed, in remission, or trying to learn what is happening in your body and what you can do about it, then this podcast is for you.

In each episode, Jacqueline Gaulin, longtime patient advocate and the Founder of Gastro Girl, Inc. and GI OnDEMAND, will tackle topics that go beyond the basic mainstream coverage of GI health to educate, inform and empower patients and their caregivers. If you crave the inside scoop on the latest news, research and resources related to gastroenterology, and want it all delivered in an engaging, friendly, nonjudgmental and educational way that features leading GI experts, inspiring patients and positive vibes, this podcast is also for you.

Gastro Girl, an official patient-education partner of The American College of Gastroenterology, is committed to providing actionable and evidence-based health information to help empower patients to better health.

Latest Episodes

IBS: It’s Not All In Her Head, Or His

Is IBS different for men and women? Why is it more common for women to be diagnosed? Are men suffering in silence? We get to the bottom of these questions and more with two longtime IBS patient advocates, Johannah Ruddy, Executive Director of the Rome Foundation, and Jeffrey Roberts, founder of Johannah and Jeffrey share their unique perspectives on living with IBS, how men and women may approach their symptoms differently, and why the brain-gut connection is key to understanding IBS.

Johannah Ruddy

Johannah Ruddy is a national expert, researcher and writer on teaching communications skills to patients and providers and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Rome Foundation. Ms. Ruddy has 22 years of executive leadership experience working with a variety of nonprofit organizations nationwide and a strong background in writing for patients as well as a speaker at GI practices, medical centers and conferences in the area of provider communication and patient advocacy.

Ms. Ruddy has authored and co-authored eight articles on IBS, navigating the health care system and the role of gender bias in health care published in Gastroenterology, Lancet Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Journal of Crohns & Colitis.Her new book, co-authored with Dr. Drossman, Gut Feelings- Disorders of Gut-Brain Interactions, A Guide for Patients and Doctors is now available on Amazon.

Jeffrey Roberts

Jeffrey Roberts has been an Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferer for 25+ years and was the creator of the first website for IBS sufferers. He currently runs the IBS Patient Support Group community at He has testified to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) several times as well as act as a consultant to pharmaceuticals on behalf of IBS patients. Jeffrey is active in the media and press and has received award recognition for his work. Jeffrey was awarded in 2019 by Digestive Disease Week (DDW), the annual scientific and medical research conference, to receive the inaugural Patient Influencer Travel Award. He was also a nominee in 2020 for the Healio Gastro Disruptive Innovators Award. In 2021, Jeffrey was added to the list of Digital Opinion Leaders in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He is often quoted by leading media outlets as an IBS Patient Expert and Advocate. Jeffrey has a Masters of Science in Education (MSEd) degree from Medaille College, Buffalo, New York. Jeffrey’s thesis was entitled Awareness of Childhood Health Issues On Educational Outcome. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the University of Toronto and co-authored and published a book entitled IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions.

How the Science Behind the Brain-Gut Connection Advanced IBS Care

This episode features Dr. Douglas Drossman, whose pioneering research on the brain-gut connection in GI disorders revolutionized gastroenterology. Dr. Drossman not only explains his multidisciplinary and biopsychosocial approach to healthcare but takes us on an historical journey through centuries of human stereotypes that have influenced modern medicine. He also explains how The Rome Foundation defined the science behind disorders of the gut-brain interaction to advance how IBS is treated.

Dr. Douglas Drossman

Dr. Drossman has written over 500 articles and book chapters, has published two books, a GI Procedure Manual, a textbook of Functional GI disorders (Rome I, II, III), and serves on six editorial and advisory boards in gastroenterology, psychosomatic medicine, behavioral medicine, and patient health. He served 5 years as Associate Editor of the journal Gastroenterology and was the Gastroenterology Section Editor of the Merck Manual for 17 years.

Dr. Drossman’s research relates to the clinical, epidemiological, psychosocial and treatment aspects of gastrointestinal disorders. He has developed and validated several assessment measures (e.g., illness severity and quality of life questionnaires for IBD and IBS, and an abuse severity scale) for clinical research, is involved in psychosocial outcomes research, and has also studied brain imaging in IBS and abuse. His educational and clinical interests relate to the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of patient care.

How Chronic GI Symptoms Can Mask a Rare Disease—One Patient’s Journey to an Accurate Diagnosis of Acute Hepatic Porphyria

Symptoms of Acute Hepatic Porphyria (AHP) often resembles those of other diseases including those in the gastrointestinal tract. Severe symptoms can lead to unnecessary surgeries or procedures. Nicole shares her all too common story of enduring years of misdiagnosis and heartbreaking surgeries before she was finally diagnosed with AHP and properly treated. Dr. Angelika Erwin, who specializes in the porphyrias, explains why this rare genetic condition can stump even the most acute medical experts.

Dr. Angelika Erwin

Dr. Angelika Erwin is a board‐certified clinical geneticist and internist at the Center for Personalized Genomic Healthcare at the Cleveland Clinic. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Founder/Director of MyGeneticist, a private genetics practice in Miami, FL. Her clinical interests include the porphyrias, and she is a member of the Porphyrias Consortium, comprised of the nation’s foremost experts in porphyria. She also serves as a consultant of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to help educate about the condition.

Past Episodes

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