A Microbiome Love Story: One Woman’s Quest For Ulcerative Colitis Relief

If you’re curious about Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT), you’ll enjoy this episode where we chat with documentary filmmaker, Saffron Cassady, whose film, Designer Sh*t, shows her struggle with ulcerative colitis. After a decade of trying conventional treatments to alleviate her symptoms, Saffron documents her journey to determine if FMT could potentially help her feel better. Saffron gives us an inside look at her documentary, the steps she took to weigh the risks and potential benefits of FMT, and how she’s feeling today. We also welcome Dr. Neil Stollman, a leading gastroenterologist and microbiome expert in Oakland, California, who offers expert insight on FMT and explains what patients need to know about the scientific evidence and future potential of FMT. Check out designershitdocumentary.com to learn more about Saffron’s documentary.

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Featured Guests in this Episode

Saffron Cassady

Film Director and Ulcerative Colitis Patient

Dr. Neil Stollman

Gastroenterologist and trustee of The American College of Gastroenterology

A recognized expert on the treatment of C. Difficile and Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT), diverticular disease, H pylori infection, acid reflux disease, GI bleeding, microscopic colitis, eosinophilic esophagitis and Barrett’s esophagus, Dr. Stollman cares for patients with both common and unusual digestive diseases and disorders.

Dr. Stollman is Chairman of the Division of Gastroenterology at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Gastroenterology, at the University of California San Francisco. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and serves on their Board of Trustees.

As Director of the East Bay Center for Digestive Health Research Center, Dr. Stollman conducts and publishes clinical research in the areas above, and has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed research articles. He teaches frequently at national meetings as well as local hospitals and training programs.

Dr. Stollman received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed a Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, and his Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami School of Medicine. He lives and practices in Oakland California.

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