Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic
Director, Gastrointestinal Research
Dean of MD Admissions
Professor of Medicine
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Dr. Panaccione is currently the Dean of MD Admissions and Professor of Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine where he also acts as the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic and Director of Gastroenterology Research at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Panaccione graduated from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) with a degree in Medicine in 1993. He went on to train in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Western Ontario before completing advanced training in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
He joined the faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary in 1999 where he is an internationally recognized expert in inflammatory bowel disease. He has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics in inflammatory bowel disease and has delivered over 200 lectures in the last five years.
He is the author of many peer-reviewed articles (~300) including publications in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA, Nature, and Annals of Internal Medicine. His special interest lies in the fields of advanced therapies, biological therapy, and delivery of care through the implementation of clinical trials. He is a recognized authority on the use of biologics and has co-authored numerous guidelines on the use of biologics for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. He actively participates in clinical trials of new therapeutic agents in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. He reviews for prestigious journals including NEJM, Lancet, Gastroenterology and Gut. He sits on the editorial board of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, JCC, APT, and the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology.
He is presently the medical director for the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC) Calgary Chapter and sits on the COVID-19 Task Force for the Crohn’s Colitis Canada. He has been awarded the highest honour, the Finkelstein award by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada for his work in the field of IBD. He was awarded the CAG Visiting Professor Award in 2016 for his contribution in the field of Gastroenterology in Canada.
Outside of medicine, his other passion is the mentoring of athletes with a particular passion for soccer. He has coached youth soccer at the highest level, winning five provincial championships, two national silver medals, and two national bronze medals with many of his mentored athletes going on to receive scholarships across Canada and the United States. In recognition of his community contributions he has been recognized by Rotary Club International with The Paul Harris Award.
Dr. Panaccione is Co-Chair of Canada Future Directions in IBD.