Max J. Schmulson W., MD

Professor of Medicine
Faculty de Medicine
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
México City, D.F., Mexico

Dr. Schmulson was born in Barranquilla-Colombia and received his MD degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Santa Fe de Bogota, in 1989. He then trained in Internal Medicine at the same University finishing in 1994. After, he continued his Gastroenterology training in the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ) in Mexico City, graduating in 1997 and receiving the award for the Best Residency-Graduation Thesis of that Institute. He then worked in Los Angeles under the mentorship of Emeran Mayer in UCLa, focusing on the differences in symptoms, motility and visceral sensitivity of IBS patients according to the bowel habit predominance.

Upon returning to Mexico he worked in the INCMNSZ for almost 6 years, and during that period he was appointed Associate Professor of Gastroenterology of the Universidad Panamericana de Mexico, and Associate Professor of Gastrointestinal Motility of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mé xico (UNAM). In 2005 he was appointed Full Professor of Medicine of the UNAM and he is now working in the Laboratory of Liver, Pancreas and Motility (HIPAM) of the Department of Experimental Medicine of that same University, located in the Hospital General de México. Dr. Schmulson’s research is focused on the epidemiology and quality of life of functional GI disorders (FGID) in Mexico, as well as the genetic variants, inflammation and neuroendocrine response, associated with IBS. Dr. Schmulson also works in the Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Departments and runs the Motility Unit in the Clínica Lomas Altas S.C. in Mexico City.

Dr. Schmulson is a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) of Mexico since 2000. He has edited two books and has published 58 original and review papers in peer review journals and 30 chapters in books, among others. He has received the award “Dr. Abraham Ayala Gonzáles” in Clinical Research from the Mexican Gastroenterological Association in five opportunities, as well as one Epidemiological Research award from the same Association.

He worked in the Latin American Consensus on IBS published in 2004, and was one of the coordinators of the Latin American Consensus on Chronic Constipation, that was published in 2008, and was the Coordinator of the Treatment Committee for the guidelines of the Mexican Gastroenterological Association on IBS that were published in early 2009.

Dr. Schmulson served as Chair of the Membership Committee of the Functional Brain Gut Research Group (FBG) from 2003 to 2006 and as councillor from 2006 to 2007. In 2006 he was one of the founders of the Latin American Society for Neurogastroenterology and served as the first president. He also served as a member of the Education, Research and Ethics Committee of the Interamerican Association for Gastroenterology (AIGE) for the period 2006-2008. Dr. Schmulson has served as a reviewer for many journals in the field of gastroenterology. He is currently Associate Editor of the Revista de Gastroenterología de México and a member of the Editorial Board of the World Gastroenterology News of the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO-OMGE).

Regarding the Rome Foundation, Dr. Schmulson worked on the Spanish translation of the Rome II Modular Questionnaire, and he is currently part of the group working in the translation and validation of the Spanish translation of the Rome III Adult Questionnaire with a grant awarded by the Rome Foundation. Finally, he worked on the Management and Design of Treatment Trials Committee of the Rome CD Slide Set. He was elected Chair of the Rome Foundation International Liaison Committee in April 2009 by the committee members.