James Abraham, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition

James Abraham

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Colleen Unger

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition


Medical School, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL

Internal Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Chief Residency in Internal Medicine, Minneapolis VA Medical Center


Dr. Abraham’s primary clinical interests revolve around the complex care dynamics in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Celiac Disease, and Cystic Fibrosis (CF). He has been actively involved in developing specialized expertise caring for these patients since joining the University of Minnesota Faculty in 2011. In recognition of his dedication to the care of adults living with gastrointestinal manifestations of CF, Dr. Abraham was awarded the DIGEST Grant by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2014, and he continues to participate in the multidisciplinary training of care providers in the United States and internationally with the CF community through speaking engagements and clinical teaching.

It is an important part of Dr. Abraham’s practice to pay thoughtful attention to the medical, emotional, and psychosocial aspects of each person’s care – as he often says to trainees working with him, “It is important to treat the whole person, not just parts of them.” He takes pride in developing ongoing partnerships with patients and their loved ones as they work through each of these important aspects together. This empathetic approach to his work with patients has resulted in local recognition by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as one of their “Top Doctors, Rising Stars” since 2016, as well as national and international speaking opportunities regarding his expertise in the gastrointestinal care of people with CF.

Dr. Abraham is committed to the philosophy of academic medicine and clinical mentorship – patients who see Dr. Abraham will likely not be surprised to periodically see Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows participating in their care under his supervision. When not in clinic, Dr. Abraham can often be found teaching trainees on the medical ward or in the Endoscopy lab, as well as involved in several teaching and administrative duties at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Abraham was recognized for his mentoring efforts with the Outstanding Advising & Mentoring Award by the University of Minnesota Professional Student Government in 2017


  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Celiac Disease
  • Autoimmune Enteropathies
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • General Gastroenterology. 

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Outstanding Advising & Mentoring Award, University of Minnesota Professional Student Government
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine – “Top Doctors, Rising Stars”, Gastroenterology (2017)
  • Outstanding Advising & Mentoring Award, University of Minnesota Professional Student Government (2016-2017)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation DIGEST Grant  (2014-2017)
  • Best Resident Teacher Award, University of Minnesota Internal Medicine Residency (2007)

Professional Associations

  • Member, American College of Gastroenterology (2014-present)



  • Abraham JM, Taylor CJ. Cystic Fibrosis and Large Bowel Disorders: Constipation, DIOS, and Colorectal Cancer. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 2017 [Accepted for publication, anticipated Summer 2017].
  • Mathews BK, Ratcliffe T, Sehgal R, Abraham JM, Monash B. Fecal occult blood testing in hospitalized patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2017 July; 12 (7): 567-569.
  • Pragman AA, Kuskowski MA, Abraham JM, Filice GA. Infectious Disease Consultation for Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Improves Patient Management and Outcomes. Infectious Disease in Clinical Practice (Baltimore, MD). 2012 July; 20 (4): 261-267.
  • Steevens CD, Abraham J, Bahadur S. Metastatic Prostate Adenocarcinoma Diagnosed in a Colonic Polyp. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012 June; 30 (18): e160-2.
  • Abraham JM, Thompson JA. Immunosuppression, Cancer, and the Long-Term Outcomes After Liver Transplantation: Can We Do Better? Liver Transplantation. 2010 July; 16 (7): 809-811.
  • Stelow EB, Shami VM, Abbott TE, Kahaleh M, Adams RB, Bauer TW, Debol SM, Abraham JM, Mallery S, Policarpio-Nicolas ML. The Use of Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology for the Distinction of Pancreatic Mucinous Neoplasia. American Journal of Clinical Pathology. 2008 January; 129 (1): 67-74.
  • Abraham JM, Al-Aloul B, Ali S, Marienfeld K, Kohlman J, Kumar H, et al. Introduction to Inpatient Procedures: A Resident-to-Resident Guide. MedEdPORTAL; 2008. Available from: http://services.aamc.org/jsp/mededportal/retrieveSubmissionDetailById.do?subId=641.



  • Autoimmune Enteropathies
  • Celiac Disease
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Adult Metabolism Clinic;Adult Neuropsychology Clinic;Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic;Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Clinic

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview