Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


The research interests of Sunanda V. Kane, M.D., are in the area of inflammatory bowel disease — Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. She is particularly interested in medication adherence and gender issues.

Focus areas

  • Clinical trials with investigational agents
  • Medication compliance and its effects on disease outcomes
  • Gender issues in inflammatory bowel disease, such as menstrual and fertility problems, pregnancy and nursing management, and cervical cancers

Significance to patient care

Medication adherence is important to patient care because non-adherence is one of the main reasons for continued disease activity. Understanding the consequences of non-adherent behavior is the first step in trying to educate patients and optimize patient outcomes.

With her research, Dr. Kane has demonstrated that once-daily therapy is possible, and that non-adherence is associated with higher medical costs, more hospitalizations and more disease activity. While this seems self-evident, it had not previously been quantified.

Dr. Kane has also been looking into tools that can be used in the clinic to help identify non-adherent behavior so that counseling can occur. She has developed teaching modules and educational materials to help health care providers identify patients at high risk of non-adherence.

Professional highlights

  • President, American College of Gastroenterology, 2018-2019
  • Member and Associate editor, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) section, NEJM Journal Watch, 2018-present
  • Officer and Board of Trustee member, American College of Gastroenterology, 2014-present
  • Associate Editor (first female in that role), Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 2010-2015
  • James L.A. Roth Visiting Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, 2012
  • Chair, Patient Education Committee, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, 2008-2011
  • Chair, Women's Committee, American College of Gastroenterology, 2005-2008


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Medicine


  1. Certificate - Faculty Enhancement and Education Development Program in Core Clinical Teaching Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
  2. Fellow Section of Gastroenterology, University of Chicago
  3. Resident - Internal Medicine Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center
  4. Internship - Internal Medicine Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center
  5. MD Rush Medical College
  6. MS - Biostatistics and Epidemiology University of Illinois at Chicago
  7. BS - Biological Sciences University of California, Irvine
  8. Certificate - Certificate for Tools for QI for Quality Chairs Institute for Healthcare Improvement

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