Creating a Ripple Effect

The Sherman Prize was created by Bruce and Cynthia Sherman in 2016, who founded the Prize in the spirit of making a difference in the fight to overcome Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, also known as the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). As a family touched by Crohn’s, the Shermans created the Prize — the first of its kind in IBD — as a way to elevate great achievements.

The Sherman Prize awards financial prizes and national recognition to exceptionally talented, dedicated individuals working tirelessly on improving outcomes for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients, and on the medical research that could lead to prevention, remission, and cures.

While great progress has been made in fighting IBD, many challenges remain. By championing excellence, we hope to create a ripple effect — spreading awareness, innovation and inspiration — that fosters greater advances in the field and signals to the philanthropic and medical communities that these diseases are high priorities and worthy of significant investment.

We’re proud to be a part of a movement that inspires talented men and women who are working tirelessly on new treatments, approaches to serving patients, and the science that could lead to cures.

By recognizing achievement, we inspire excellence.

“The physical Sherman Prize is a series of concentric rings. Those rings are you, mastering your craft and having a ripple effect in the lives of patients with IBD. The sail is the wind of your enthusiasm pushing those ripples far beyond the shores of your life.”

William J. Sandborn, MD, 2019 Sherman Prize Recipient

How to Nominate