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Dr. Alissa Speziale honored for efforts to fight IBD

April 10, 2018

Dr. Alissa Speziale honored for efforts to fight IBD

Dr. Alissa Speziale, with her husband, Chris Speziale. Photo courtesy of Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Dr. Alissa Speziale, FACG, a board-certified gastroenterologist with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, was named 2018 Physician of the Year by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, San Diego Chapter, for her efforts in the fight against inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). She was honored at the Foundation’s Fourth Annual Champions of Hope Awards Gala on Saturday, April 7, at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa.

Recognized for her extraordinary leadership and care supporting the local IBD community, Dr. Speziale has continued to serve on the Foundation’s medical advisory committee and lecture at patient symposia on a number of health issues.

“It is a true honor to be recognized by an organization that is committed to changing and improving the lives of those who live each day with IBD. I’m just doing my part to help make a difference by supporting the mission of the Foundation,” says Dr. Speziale.

“We are privileged to have someone as dedicated to the well-being of our community as Dr. Speziale,” says Carly Bazzett, executive director of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, San Diego Chapter. “As a health care provider, volunteer and military veteran, Dr. Speziale is a shining example of a compassionate community leader.”

According to Bazzett, the Foundation selects its Physician of the Year honoree each year through a process that involves its gala co-chairs and committee, in partnership with its board of directors and chapter medical advisory committee.

“They nominate and select a physician who has gone above and beyond for patients and families; has given back significantly to the IBD community in a volunteer capacity; and who exemplifies our values of uniting to care and cure,” she says. “Dr. Speziale is all of these things and so much more.”

In addition to her role at Sharp Rees-Stealy and commitment to the Foundation, Dr. Speziale is a part of the Naval Reserves Operation Health Support Unit. She was a volunteer internist at St. Vincent de Paul Community Clinic, where she provided medical care to more than 200 homeless individuals, and served on the American College of Gastroenterology Women’s Committee.

In 2016, she was named Veteran of the Year by California State Assembly Member Brian Maienschein.

For the news media: To talk with Dr. Alissa Speziale about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

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