Bishr Omary, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice Dean for Research for Michigan Medicine. From 2008 - 2017, Bishr served as chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, is the H Marvin Pollard Professor of Gastroenterology in the Department of Internal Medicine, and until recently was an investigator at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. As chair, Bishr led the department to become the highest ranked NIH funded physiology department in the U.S., helped grow its educational and training platforms, and was instrumental in recruiting half of the department’s current faculty.
Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2008, he was at Stanford University for 19 years where he served as Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, director of its NIH-supported digestive disease center, and director of its NIH-supported training grant. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of California (UC) San Diego and his MD from the University of Miami. He completed internal medicine residency training at UC Irvine then gastroenterology fellowship at UC San Diego prior to starting his first faculty position at Stanford University. He is board certified in internal medicine and in gastroenterology, and has published 165 original papers and nearly 40 reviews and commentaries. He has been the recipient of several honors, named lectureships and mentorship awards. His research interests currently focus on acute and chronic liver and pancreatic disorders as related to genetic modifiers, the intermediate filament cytoskeleton, porphyrias, biomarkers and therapeutic targets.