Shahnaz Sultan

Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Core Investigator, Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research
Vice Chair, DOM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Administrator Info
Name: GI Division
Phone: 612-625-8999
Mail: 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 36, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Dr. Shahnaz Sultan is an Professor of Medicine and the Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is a Core Investigator at the Center for Chronic Disease Research at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Her research interests are focused on reducing colorectal cancer morbidity and mortality by improving adherence and quality of colonoscopy. Nationally, Dr Sultan is a leader in guideline development. She is the Chair of the American Gastroenterological Association Clinical Guidelines Committee and a member of the GRADE Working Group and teaches evidence synthesis and guideline development.

Research Summary

  • Colorectal Cancer Outcomes
  • Health Services Research
  • Guideline Development

Teaching Summary

Education; Evidence-Based Medicine; Guideline Methodology

Clinical Summary

General Gastroenterology; Cystic Fibrosis GI Clinic; Cancer Syndromes


MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Internal Medicine, Residency
Tufts University/New England Medical Center
Gastroenterology, Fellowship
Duke University Medical Center

Professional Memberships

American College of Gastroenterology, Member
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy , Member
American Gastroenterological Association, Member
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Hyams T, Curbow B, Christie J, Mueller N, King-Marshall E, Sultan S, George TJ Jr.Providers' Perceptions of Barriers to Optimal Communication With Patients During the Postcolonoscopy Experience. J Patient Exp. 2018 Dec;5(4):272-278.,
Sharaf RN, Venkatesan T, Shah R, Levinthal DJ, Tarbell SE, Jaradeh SS, Hasler WL, Issenman RM, Adams KA, Sarosiek I, Stave CD, Li BUK, Sultan S. Management of cyclic vomiting syndrome in adults: Evidence review. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2019 Jun;31 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):e13605,
Bhimraj A, Morgan RL, Shumaker AH, Lavergne V, Baden L, Cheng VC, Edwards KM, Gandhi R, Muller WJ, O'Horo JC, Shoham S, Murad MH, Mustafa RA, Sultan S, Falck-Ytter Y Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Treatment and Management of Patients with COVID-19. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Apr 27:ciaa478. ,
Sultan S, Morgan RL, Murad MH, Falck-Ytter Y, Dahm P, Schünemann HJ, Mustafa RA.A Theoretical Framework and Competency-Based Approach to Training in Guideline Development. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Feb;35(2):561-567.,
Sultan S, Altayar O, Siddique SM, Davitkov P, Feuerstein JD, Lim JK, Falck-Ytter Y, El-Serag HB; AGA Institute Rapid Review of the GI and Liver Manifestations of COVID-19, Meta-Analysis of International Data, and Recommendations for the Consultative Management of Patients with COVID-19. Gastroenterology. 2020 May 5:S0016-5085(20)30593-X ,