Ceciel Rooker is the President and Executive Director at IFFGD, where she oversees the educational activities and awareness efforts of IFFGD through print and online publications, social media engagement, and interaction with the healthcare professionals and industry representatives who are working to improve outcomes for patients. The IFFGD, founded in 1991, works with patients, families, physicians, nurses, practitioners, investigators, regulators, and employers, among others, to broaden understanding of GI disorders, support or encourage research, and improve digestive health in adults and children.
As a young adult, Ms. Rooker was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and spent years trying to teach herself to live with her illness. On behalf of the patient community, she has met with Members of Congress to advocate for support and funding of federal research, education, and regulatory agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and US Food and Drug Administration. She is also active within the Digestive Disease National Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization that seeks to raise awareness of digestive diseases, both in Congress and in the media.