Clinical Associate Professor
Former Functional Food & Microbiome Lead, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Division of Gastroenterology

Faculty Information


Christopher Damman, M.D., is a board certified gastroenterologist at the Digestive Health Center at UW Medical Center and a UW associate professor of Gastroenterology and Medicine.

Dr. Damman feels that healing is as much listening compassionately and creating an environment of trust and understanding as it is gathering the facts and treating the illness. He has a particular interest in the microbiome & functional foods, and he explores these themes as Editor-In-Chief at Gut Bites MD (Link https://gutbites.org/).

Dr. Damman earned his M.D. from Columbia. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. His research interests involve understanding the role of endogenous gastrointestinal organisms (the microbiota) in health and disease.

Board Certifications:

  • Gastroenterology, 2015, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine, 2009, American Board of Internal Medicine
Education & Training: 
Fellowship in Gastroenterology
University of Washington
Teaching Appointment in Cardiology
University of Washington
Residency in Internal Medicine
University of Washington
Internship in Internal Medicine
University of Washington
Medical Education
Columbia University
Wesleyan Univeristy
Research & Clinical Interests
Clinical Interests: 
  • Gastroenterology (Digestive)

Damman CJ, Eggers CH, Samuels DS, Oliver DB. Characterization of Borrelia burgdorferi BlyA and BlyB proteins: a prophage-encoded holing-like system. J Bacteriol 2000;182:6791-6797. [original work]

Eggers CH, Casjens S, Hayes SF, Damman CJ, Oliver DB, Samuels, DS. Bacteriophages of spirochetes. J Mol Microbiol Biotechnol 2000;2:365-373. [review]

Damman CJ, Surawicz CM. The Gut Microbial Arsenal Protecting Us from Infectious and Radiation-induced diarrhea. Gastroenterology. 2009 Feb;136(2):722-4. [editorial]

Crowther GJ, Napuli AJ, Thomas AP, Chung DJ, Kovzun KV, Leibly DJ, Castaneda LJ, Bhandari J, Damman CJ, Hui R, Hol WG, Buckner FS, Verlinde CL, Zhang Z, Fan E, van Voorhis WC. Buffer Optimization of Thermal Melt Assays of Plasmodium Proteins for Detection of Small Molecule Ligands. J Biomol Screen. 2009 Jul;14(6):700-7. [original work]

Damman CJ, Miller SI, Surawicz CM, Zisman TL. The Microbiome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Is There a Therapeutic Role for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation? Am J Gastroenterol. 2012 October;107:1452-1459. [review]

Damman CJ. Salicylates and the Microbiota: a New Mechanistic Understanding of an Ancient Drug’s Role in Dermatological and Gastrointestinal Disease. Drug Development Research. September 2013; 74: 344-352. [review]

Damman CJ, Brittnacher MJ, Hayden H, Radey M, Hager K, Miller S, Zisman T. Single Colonoscopically Administered Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Ulcerative Colitis-A Pilot Study to Determine Therapeutic Benefit and Graft Stability. Gastroenterology 2014 146(5) S460. [abstract]

Suskind DL, Brittnacher MJ, Wahbeh G, Shaffer M, Hayden HS, Singh N, Damman CJ, Nielson H, Miller SI. Fecal Microbial Transplant effect on Clinical Outcomes and Fecal Microbiome in Active Crohn’s Disease. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. January 2015; 21(3):556-63. [original work]

Damman CJ, Brittnacher MJ, Westerhoff, M, Hayden HS, Radey M, Hager KR, Marquis SR, Miller SI, Zisman, TL. Low Level of Engraftment and Improvement Following a Single Colonoscopic Administration of Fecal Microbiota to Patients with Ulcerative Colitis. PLoS ONE August 2015; 10:(8). [original work]

Utzschneider KM, Kratz M, Damman CJ, Huller M. Mechanisms Linking the Gut Microbiome and Glucose Metabolism. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism April 2016. 101(4):1445-54. [review]

Brittnacher MJ, Heltshe SL, Hayden HS, Radey MC, Weiss EJ, Damman CJ, Zisman TL, Suskind D, Miller SI. GUTSS: An alignment-free sequence comparison method for use in human intestinal microbiome and fecal microbiota transplantation analysis. BioMed Central Bioinformatics July 2016. 11(7):e0158897. [original work]

Vindigni SM, Zisman TL, Suskind DL, Damman CJ. The Intestinal Microbiome, Barrier Function, and Immune System in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: a Tripartite Pathophysiological Circuit with Implicaitons for New Therapeutic Directions. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology July 2016. 9(4):606-25. [review]

Vindigni SM, Taylor J, Quilter LAS, Hyun TS, Liu Congzhou, Rosinski Sl, Rakita RM, Fredricks DN, Damman CJ. Tropheryma whipplei Infection (Whipple’s Disease) in a Patient after Liver Transplant. Transplant Infectious Disease August 2016. 18(14):617-24. [case report]

Suskind DL, Wahbeh G, Cohen SA, Damman CJ, Klein J, Braly K, Shaffer M, Lee D. Patients Perceive Clinical Benefit with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Dig Dis Sci. November 2016. 61(11):3255-3260. [original work]

Utzschneider KM, Kratz M, Damman CJ, Hullar M. Mechanisms Linking the Gut Microbiome and Glucose Metabolism. J of Clin Endoc & Metab. April 2016. 101(4):1445-1454. [original work]

Choi AY, Jalikis F, Westerhoff M, Boukhar S, Pulcini E, Damman CJ, Yu, L. Searching for Bacterial Biofilm in Recurrent Cholangitis in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: A Case Presentation and Introduction of an Unexplored Disease Mechanism. J of Clin and Trans Hep. 2018. 6:114-118. [case report]

Otuya DO, Verma Y, Farrokhi H, Higgins L, Rosenberg M, Damman CJ, Tearney GJ. Non-endoscopic Biopsy Techniques: a Review. Exp Rev of Gastro & Hep. 2018 12(2)109-117. [review]

Bhat NGM, Dong J, Sadiq K, Vuong B, Grant CN, Lerman I, Shakil O, Gao AH, Farrokhi H, Giddings S, Ahmed K, Rani S, Rosneberg M, Fasano A, Damman CJ, Ali A, Tearney G. Tethered Capsule OCT Imaging of the Duodenum in Adolescents in Pakistan. Gastroenterology. May 2019. 156(6)S-1056. [original work]

Hossain MS, Das S, Gazi MA, Alam MA, Haque NMS, Mahfuz M, Ahmed T, Damman CJ. Association of faecal pH with childhood stunting: Results from a cross-sectional study. BMJ Paediatrics. August 2019. 3(e000549). [original work]

Lampe JW, Kim E, Levy L, Davidson LA, Goldsby JS, Miles FL, Navarro SL, Randolph TW, Zhao N, Ivanov I, Kaz AM, Damman CJ, Hockenbery DM, Hullar MAJ, Chapkin RS. Colonic mucosal and exfoliome transcriptomic profiling and fecal microbiome response to flaxseed lignan extract intervention in humans. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. August 2019. 110:2 337-290.