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Irving Waxman, MD

Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Irving Waxman is a leading authority on endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). His work focuses on state-of-the-art endoscopic procedures for esophageal, gastric, pancreatic, lung and rectal tumors.

He is also director of the Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics (CERT). This center focuses on new imaging modalities for the detection of early gastrointestinal cancer; minimally invasive endoscopic resection of superficial gastrointestinal malignancies; and combined endo-surgical minimally invasive interventions.

Current areas of clinical research include the therapeutic applications of endoscopic ultrasound. He is also conducting ongoing research on endoscopic minimally invasive therapy for esophageal and colonic cancers and in per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), a minimally invasive endoscopic treatment for achalasia.

Practice Location

Center for Care and Discovery
5700 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

Medical School

Universidad de Nacional Autonoma


New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston


Georgetown University, Washington DC
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
International Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Association

Languages Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-1459

Office Fax

(773) 834-8891

Office Postal Address

Irving Waxman, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
Center for Care and Discovery
5700 S. Maryland Avenue MC 8043
Chicago, IL 60637

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More About Dr. Waxman

Dorian Brantley was diagnosed with achalasia — a rare digestive disorder that affects the muscles between the esophagus and the stomach. Dr. Waxman performed an incisionless procedure called peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) to correct the problem. Now she is back to enjoying her favorite foods again. Read her story.

View a video interview of Dr. Waxman talking about pancreatic cancer and recent advances in the detection and treatment of the disease.

View a short video about the Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology--featuring Dr. Waxman.

Dr. Waxman is a key team member of the Center for Esophageal Diseases.

The American Gastroenterological Association featured Dr. Waxman's work in a blog post about circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in patients with pancreaticobiliary cancers.

In a conversation with the co-editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Dr. Waxman reviews endotherapy for Barrett's esophagus. » Listen to the Podcast or read the article.

Dr. Waxman identified two tumors at treatable stages while closely monitoring one man's esophageal condition (Barrett's esophagus).

When Laura Moreno was diagnosed with a low-lying mass in her rectum, she turned to Irving Waxman, MD, who performed an advanced endoscopic procedure that completely removed the tumor without the potentially dangerous complications of surgery.

Read how Dr. Waxman used endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) to fix a man's blocked pancreatic duct.

Read how Dr. Waxman used endoscopic mucosal resection to help a man avoid losing his esophagus to cancer.

Read Advances in Gastrointestinal Interventional Endoscopy (PDF), an article Dr. Waxman wrote for physicians.

Selected Publications

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