James Abraham, MD

James Abraham, MD


Health Networks

  • University of Minnesota Physicians

Languages I Speak

  • English

Hospital Privileges

  • Fairview Lakes Medical Center
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center

Care Philosophy

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.

Care and Clinical Interests

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

Education, Training and Certifications

Medical Schools

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill.


  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (Gastroenterology)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Gastroenterology)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Skill Certifications

  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice

Recognition and Leadership


  • DIGEST Grant, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2014)
  • Best Resident Teacher Award, University of Minnesota Internal Medicine Residency
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor - Rising Star" (2017, 2018)
  • 2016-2017 Outstanding Advising & Mentoring Award, University of Minnesota Professional Student Government


  • Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Associate Program
  • Elective Director, Gastroenterology Medical Student Clerkship
  • Director, University of Minnesota Gastroenterology Fellowship Rotation Site
  • Member, American College of Gastroenterology (2014-present)
  • Member, American Gastroenterological Association (2009-2011)

Academic Information

Assistant Professor

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