Douglas L. Seidner, MD, AGAF, FACG, CNSC
The LIFT-ECHO community mourns the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Douglas Seidner.
Doug, to his many friends, was an internationally renowned expert in intestinal failure and nutritional support, patient, thoughtful, deliberate and always generous of his time, his deep intellect and his compassion.
The intestinal failure community has lost a giant leader and a passionate educator.
Ralph Emerson was quoted at Dr. Seidner’s memorial service:
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people, and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics, and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden path, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Dr. Douglas Seidner succeeded!
Dr. Seidner is member of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic where he serves as the Program Director for the Clinical Nutrition Fellowship and is a member of the Nutrition Committee for the Lerner College of Medicine. From 2008-2019 he served as the Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
He obtained his medical degree at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse in 1983 and went on to complete a residency in Medicine followed by a fellowship in Nutrition and Metabolism at New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Care Sciences.
He is recognized as a fellow in the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; he has served on numerous committees for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the American Society for Nutrition; he has served on the Board of Directors for the OLEY foundation and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America in Cleveland. His currently research interests include the study of medical therapies that improve clinical outcomes and reduce complications in patients with severe intestinal malabsorption.