Dr. Darwin Conwell is an expert gastroenterologist committed to his patients and his community. Inspired to pursue medicine by a deep interest in science, physiology and helping people, Conwell has developed his expertise in gastroenterology and pancreatic disorders over more than twenty-five years of practice.
A sense of purpose and mission is the hallmark Conwell's practice. He is devoted to helping the people of the state of Ohio and the surrounding area and he works hard to stay up to date with the latest medical technologies and advancements in order offer his patients the best treatment possible. He also has been instrumental in advancing the gastroenterology department at Ohio State University.
We want to build the GI division of the future that looks different than the current academic model – a division that can weather the changing times that we’re in, that can balance and preserve the academic core of teaching, education and research but also preserve our commitment as a state university to the people of Ohio.
But what stands out most about Dr. Conwell is his mission. He believes that by working for a state university funded by tax payers, he and his colleagues have a particular obligation to their community. He speaks openly of doing whatever he can to treat others as he would treat himself. And he pushes his department to make sure that, above all else, they base their decisions on providing great, high quality patient care.
We are a state university. The people of Ohio depend on us. We have an obligation to the people of the state of Ohio. It’s a big mission that we have here, and we are committed to that.
Dr. Darwin Conwell graduated from Ohio University as an undergraduate, and then received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, he earned a Master’s of Science from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His training in Internal Medicine was completed at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, and then was followed by his post-doctoral fellowship training in Gastroenterology at The Cleveland Clinic. He is a member of the American Pancreatic Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Dr. Conwell is currently a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University. He previously served as a Staff Physician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 1994 through 2007. Dr. Conwell established and directed The Pancreas Clinic at the Cleveland Clinic for over a decade. In 2007, he joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in 2011 at that institution. Dr. Conwell served as the Faculty Leader for the Pancreas Study Group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard, and was the Associate Director for the Center for Pancreatic Disease at that institution.
Conwell has won teaching awards both at the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard's Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He won the Harvard Medical School Tutor Award twice. Furthermore, he has guided and mentored numerous postdoctoral fellows who now are in academic positions. He has been an extensively acclaimed speaker on pancreatic disease and the management of chronic pancreatitis at educational programs sponsored by multiple universities, the College of the American Gastroenterology Association, and the NIH/NIDDK.
Dr. Conwell is extremely interested in interdisciplinary clinical and translational research projects relating to gastrointestinal diseases. He is currently funded to examine pancreatic fluid proteomics in alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis (NIH/NIDDK).