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Edwin K. McDonald IV, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Associate Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition

Edwin K. McDonald IV, MD, is dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities through nutrition education. He works with patients with small bowel diseases, obesity and other conditions affecting the digestive system.

Dr. McDonald's interest in the effects of nutrition on health and disease stem from his experience with Project Brotherhood -- an innovative clinic dedicated to providing accessible, affordable care for black men on Chicago's South Side. While training barbers to serve as health educators, he became keenly aware of the impact of social determinants of health, including the role of nutrition. In 2012, Dr. McDonald received a certificate in professional cookery from Kendall College School of Culinary Arts.

Dr. McDonald also is an active researcher. He recently investigated the effects of vitamin deficiency in patients requiring parenteral nutrition (intravenous feeding) and studied the usefulness of fecal calprotectin in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He also created a web-based mobile program to assess the utility of applications in managing inpatient hepatology patients. Dr. McDonald's work has been funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago Medicine Center for Advanced Care at South Loop
1101 S. Canal Street, Suite 201 and 202
Chicago, IL 60607

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Internal Medicine

Medical School

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Internship and Residency

Northwestern Memorial Hospital


The University of Chicago Medicine (clinical nutrition)
Rush University Medical Center (gastroenterology)


American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterology Association
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Language Spoken


Office Postal Address

Edwin K. McDonald IV, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 4080
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. McDonald

Watch of clip of Project Brotherhood featured on CNN.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. McDonald's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.