About the Prizes

Each year, three individuals are chosen for recognition by the Sherman Prize Board of Directors, guided by the Sherman Prize Selection Committee — five of the nation’s preeminent IBD researchers, clinicians, scholars and healthcare providers representing diverse areas of expertise.

Sherman Prize recipients have gone above and beyond to make exceptional, pioneering contributions in the field of IBD. Through their work, they inspire tomorrow’s innovators in the fight to overcome Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The Prizes come with several important forms of recognition: A financial prize and communications that showcase the recipients’ work among colleagues and the greater IBD community.


The Sherman Prize

Awarded to individuals with extraordinary track records of achievement making exceptional and pioneering contributions, transforming IBD care and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators.

Two Prizes: $100,000 each

The Sherman Prize

The Sherman Emerging Leader Prize

Awarded to an individual making impressive contributions early in his or her career and demonstrating strong potential to make an even greater impact in the future.

One Prize: $25,000

The Sherman Emerging Leader Prize


Sharing the stories of our recipients is an important part of the Prize. It is our way of creating a ripple effect by inspiring others and is a very rewarding aspect of receiving a Sherman Prize. While the specifics of our communications initiatives may change from year to year, some examples of past activities include:

  • Live awards presentations, where recipients are recognized in front of an audience of influential members of the IBD community.
  • Production and distribution of a video highlighting his or her extraordinary achievements.
  • Publishing recipients’ stories and biographical information on our website and our social media channels — Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
  • Public Relations support to generate news coverage of recipients’ achievements.

How to Nominate