Stephen J. Bickston, M.D., AGAF
Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Associate Chair, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Professor of Internal Medicine
P.O. Box 980341
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0341
Phone: (804) 828-4060
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Dr. Bickston graduated from Duke University and earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology were at Barnes Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis. He then served as a faculty specialist in IBD at the University of Virginia for more than 12 years. Dr. Bickston was recruited to VCU in 2009 to serve as the medical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Practice and to join the leadership of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Dr. Bickston’s practice focuses on integrated clinical care for IBD. He has served as principal investigator for cutting-edge clinical trials in IBD since 1995, and has a similar history of participation in research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health for laboratory and clinical studies in these conditions. He has published 30 papers specifically on IBD, authored dozens of chapters for textbooks, and both edited and authored “The Handbook of Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” a textbook published in 2009. He continues to participate in leading-edge clinical research projects in IBD and in collaborating with basic scientists to find the cause and cure of IBD. Along with American specialty societies, he belongs to the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization (ECCO) and contributes to the IBD Working Group, an international educational resource for the management of IBD. Dr. Bickston has served on the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Clinical Research Alliance for several years, bringing studies of IBD and pregnancy to VCU. Dr. Bickston is on the Executive Board of the American Gastroenterological Association’s Outcomes Registry, a program intended to improve the quality of care in IBD and other digestive conditions.
Growing up in a military family, Dr. Bickston has lived in eight U.S. states and in both Europe and Asia. He is happy to call Virginia home, having spent nearly 20 years in the commonwealth. He lives in Midlothian, Va., with his wife and two daughters.