August 21, 2013
Caroline Hwang, MD
Dr. Caroline Hwang has recently joined the Division of Gastroenterology to direct the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program at USC. She attended UC Berkeley where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Distinction in Molecular and Cell Biology. Dr. Hwang attended medical school at UCLA, where she achieved election into Alpha Omega Alpha, and then completed her Internal Medicine residency at Columbia University.
During her Gastroenterology fellowship at UCSF, she received specialized training in the care of IBD patients with complex, steroid-dependent or steroid-refractory disease, as well as working with IBD patients with pregnancy and fertility concerns. In addition to upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, she is experienced in performing endoscopy in patients with ileoanal pouches as well as chromoendoscopy for colon cancer screening/resection of colitis-associated dysplasia.
Dr. Hwang’s clinical and research interests revolve around inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and celiac disease with particular emphasis on nutritional interventions, health outcomes, and genetics. She is currently conducting a clinical trial on the effects of levo-carnitine on fatigue associated with Crohn’s disease as well as evaluating novel genetic biomarkers in an ethnically-diverse patient population.
Dr. Hwang is a member of the medical advisory board of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. She is also a member of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and the American Society of Parental and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). She is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
In her spare time, she enjoys dance, yoga, and oil painting. She also has recently become interested in mindfulness/meditation.