Physician’s Profile

Julian Abrams, MD, MS

Department of Medicine
Division of Digestive & Liver Diseases

Dr. Abrams is a specialist in the care of patients with Barrett's esophagus, early esophageal cancer, and other esophageal disorders. Prior to his faculty appointment here at Columbia, Dr. Abrams received further training in cancer epidemiology through a post-doctoral fellowship as part of the NCI-funded Training Program in Cancer-Related Population Sciences. He previously received a K07 career development award from the National Cancer Institute.

Board Certificates
Areas of Expertise:
  • Cancer Care
  • Esophagus Disorder
  • Swallowing Disorder
  • Disease of Esophagus
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Second Opinions
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Upper Endoscopy
Honors & Awards:

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2000

GRG/AGA Young Investigator Award in Clinical Science, 2009


Snider EJ, Compres G, Freedberg DE, Khiabanian H, Nobel YR, Stump S, Uhlemann AC, Lightdale CJ, Abrams JA. Alterations to the esophageal microbiome associated with progression from Barrett’s esophagus to esophageal adenocarcinoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019; 28(10):1687-1693. PMID: 31466948

Snider EJ, Freedberg DE, Abrams JA. Potential role of the microbiome in Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Dig Dis Sci. 2016 Aug;61(8):2217-2225. PMID: 27068172

Freedberg DE, Yang YX, Abrams JA. Proton pump inhibitors and myocardial infarction. Gastroenterology. 2015 Oct;149(4):830-3. PMID: 26277262

Wang JS, Varro A, Lightdale CJ, Letkorwit N, Slack KN, Fingerhood ML, Tsai WY, Wang TC, Abrams JA. Elevated serum gastrin is associated with a history of advanced neoplasia in patients with Barrett’s esophagus. Am J Gastroenterol 2010;105:1039-45. PMC3139948

Quante M, Bhagat G, Abrams JA, Marache F, Good P, Lee MD, Lee Y, Friedman R, Mahmood U, Figueireido J, Lightdale CJ, Rustgi AK, Wang TC. Bile acids and inflammation activate gastric cardia stem cells in a model of Barrett’s-like metaplasia. Cancer Cell 2012;21:36-51. PMC3266546