Harmony Allison, MD, MPH, MS

"The Digestive Tract on Fire: Inflammation from the Gums to the Guts"

Harmony Allison, MD, MPH, MS

CE Credit hours:1

Overview: The role of inflammation and how if effects the digestive tract, including the oral cavity,  is a rapidly advancing field.  This lecture will review our current understanding of intestinal inflammation and its relationship to inflammation in the mouth.  


  1. Understand the role of genetics, microbiota, and immunity in the pathogenesis of systemic inflammation with focus on Inflammatory Bowl Disease.
  2. Explain the need for appropriate homeostasis of immune tolerance and defense between the intestine and microbiota as necessary to maintain intestinal integrity
  3. Identify current and future treatments that target down regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines and anti-inflammatory mediators

HARMONY ALLISON, MD, MPH, MS is Director of Outpatient Gastroenterology Clinics at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.   She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Quality Officer for the Gastroenterology Department.  Her areas of expertise are motility disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. Motility disorders encompasses altered motility in the esophagus, stomach, biliary tract and colon as well as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.   

In her spare time, Dr. Allison enjoys reading, hiking, biking, history and traveling.