Throughout my career I have published more than 700 articles in PubMed, giving me an H-index of 72 and thus making me the top-rated expert in Crohn’s Disease (CD) in the world according to “Expertscape”. In 2019, I was amongst the most “Highly Cited Researchers” worldwide.
Before my PhD, my first interest was to generate real-world evidence data by capitalizing on the Nancy inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) cohort that I initiated in 2010. As no IBD group existed at Nancy University Hospital, I decided to start training young fellows in every field of medicine (gastroenterology, nutrition, radiology, histology etc.) to speed up IBD research locally.
Following my stay at Mayo Clinic, I had the idea to work on the first definition of early CD that was subsequently discussed during an international consensus meeting to develop the Paris definition of early CD in 2011. This new concept in the field of IBD has led many investigators worldwide to conduct clinical studies looking at the impact of early intervention on patients’ lives and disease complications.