Sana Syed, MD, MS

Gastroenterology/Nutrition: Pediatric
Call 434.924.0123
Primary Location:
Pediatric Gastroenterology

5th Floor

1204 W. Main St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

ABMS Certification:
Pediatric Medicine; Pediatric Gastroenterology
Clinical Practice:
Pediatric Digestive Health
Associate Professor

Sana Syed, MD, MSCR, MSDS, is a practicing pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist who cares for children with a variety of conditions, including celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, poor weight gain, and various liver conditions. She is also a clinical scientist actively involved in research to understand gastrointestinal structure and function in the context of luminal inflammatory enteropathies using computational methods.

Syed was born in the United Kingdom, where her parents, both physicians, were pursuing their clinical post-graduate training. She attended medical school at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan before moving to the U.S. Dr. Syed completed a pediatric residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, followed by a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also earned a master of science in clinical research. She completed training in advanced clinical nutrition at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. She joined the UVA faculty in 2016 in the School of Medicine and has courtesy appointments in Public Health Sciences & the School of Data Science. Dr. Syed is adjunct research faculty at the Aga Khan University, Pakistan. In her free time, Syed enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, swimming, singing, and playing guitar.

Research Grants:

  • 2021: Mapping the Early Childhood Gut Across Ancestry, Geography, and Environment, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • 2021: Use of machine learning image analysis and tissue transcriptomics to define clinically actionable celiac disease sub-types, iTHRIV Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies
  • 2020: Modeling Crohn’s Disease using Machine Learning: Image Analysis and Multiomics, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
  • 2020: Deep Learning for Automated Identification and Classification of Gastrointestinal Landmarks in Video Capsule Endoscopies, Engineering-in-Medicine, UVA
  • 2019: Computational Characterization of Environmental Enteropathy (EE), NIH/NIDDK
  • 2018: Computational Modeling of Intestinal Mucosa: Image Analysis and Multi-omics”, UVA

View Syed's most recent publications.

  • 2021: Inaugural Member, Academy for Excellence in Education, School of Medicine, University of Virginia 
  • 2021: Leadership & Career development, APS SPR Journeys program
  • 2021: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Virginia Health System Award Winner 
  • 2021: Young Investigators Award, 2021 Crohn’s & Colitis Congress, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation?, and the?American Gastroenterological Association
  • 2020: Endoscopy Award, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology 
    and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Annual Meeting
  • 2019: Computational Characterization of Environmental Enteropathy (EE), K23 Career Development Award, NIH/NIDDK
  • 2018: Computational Modeling of Intestinal Mucosa: Image Analysis and Multi-omics” - Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV) Scholars Award, UVA
Aga Khan University; Emory University
Duke University
Emory University; Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School