Dr. Fritz François is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and Chief of Medicine and an attending gastroenterologist, Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center.
Board certified in Gastroenterology, Dr. François’ patient practice is focused on general gastroenterology, gastrointestinal endoscopy, and esophageal physiology. He takes care of patients with gastrointestinal conditions, such as esophageal, gastric, hepatic, and colorectal disease.
Dr. François' research interests are focused on the study of esophageal disease, H pylori infection, and colorectal cancer screening in minority populations. He is the recipient of several national grants, including an NIH Career Development Award, Robert Wood Foundation Clinical Investigator Award, American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Research Award, and his work has been recognized with five American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Diversity Minority Research Awards.
As an educator and mentor, Dr. François teaches in courses during all 4 years of the curriculum at the NYU School of Medicine and is dedicated both to excellence in education and to diversity affairs. He has developed and is the current director of the Health Disparities concentration at the medical school. During his chief residency, Dr. François founded the Department of Internal Medicine Organization to Nurture Diversity (DIaMOND) to address recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities into the medicine training program. As a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), Dr. François is Chair of the ACG Minority Affairs Committee.
In the area of community outreach, Dr. François led the Haitian Effort and Relief Team (HEART), a multidisciplinary group of physicians, in providing medical care as part of the Haitian relief mission following the 2010 earthquake. That same year, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, he was recognized by his academic department with the Humanism in Medicine Award, and was chosen by The Network Journal for the “40 under 40 Achievement Award.” Along with the HEART team, he was recognized by the Hospital for Joint Disease with the Frauenthal Award for Service to Human Health. In 2011, Dr. François was presented with the NYU Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. In 2012, Haiti’s Consul General presented Dr. François with an award in recognition of his dedication and efforts.
Dr. François received his medical degree and his masters of science degree from the NYU School of Medicine. He served his internship, residency, and fellowship in Gastroenterology at the NYU Langone Medical Center.