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Michael Shetzline, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research and Development

Dr. Shetzline has served as our chief medical officer, and head of research and drug development since October 2021 and had served as chief medical officer, and head of drug development from January 2019 to October 2021. Dr. Shetzline is a gastroenterologist and internist, with more than 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and academia. Before joining Ironwood, Dr. Shetzline was vice president and head of gastroenterology clinical sciences at Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co., or Takeda, a global pharmaceutical company, where he led global clinical development for all GI assets from January 2015 to January 2019. Prior to Dr. Shetzline’s role at Takeda, Dr. Shetzline served as vice president and global head of gastroenterology at Ferring International Pharmascience Center U.S., Inc., or Ferring, from 2012 to January 2015, during which he led Ferring’s clinical development programs in gastroenterology. Before that, Dr. Shetzline was vice president and global program head crossing multiple therapeutic areas and head of translational medicine GI discovery at Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG from 2002 to 2012. Dr. Shetzline also served as gastroenterology program director and assistant professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center from 1997 to 2002. Dr. Shetzline has published over 40 full papers and book chapters and acted as a reviewer for a range of medicine journals. Dr. Shetzline earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in physiology and medicine. Dr. Shetzline completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in gastroenterology and served on the faculty as a National Institutes of Health supported physician scientist at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Shetzline is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Gastroenterological Association and certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.