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About the IBD Center

The University of Chicago Medicine Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center is committed to providing the highest caliber of care to patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases. We conduct medical research that advances the science and understanding of these conditions. And we offer unique and highly relevant educational programs for patients and professionals.

Expertise in Patient Care

Outstanding patient care is at the center of everything we do. We provide nutritional counseling to help patients decrease the effects of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis and offer minimally invasive approaches for complex surgeries to reduce pain, scarring and recovery times. Our unique, comprehensive programs include the Transitional IBD Clinic for Teenagers and Young Adults as well as a multidisciplinary Fertility, Pregnancy and Sexual Function Program to address the challenges facing many women with IBD.

The IBD Center includes a dedicated inpatient wing – the only one of its kind in the region – that is located in the Center for Care and Discovery, the University of Chicago Medicine's new, state-of-the art hospital. This dedicated space allows us to bring our experts together to treat patients in the most effective and efficient way. » Learn more about the dedicated IBD unit (PDF).

At the Forefront of IBD Research

"We are immensely proud of our rich heritage, and from it find inspiration for our ongoing and future breakthroughs." David T. Rubin

The University of Chicago Medicine has a long history of excellence in the research of inflammatory bowel disease, from clinical studies of new treatments, to innovative laboratory research looking into fundamental questions about IBD.

Our contributions to the field of inflammatory bowel disease began with Joseph Kirsner, MD, PhD, a member of the University of Chicago faculty for more than 75 years. Dr. Kirsner transformed the field of gastroenterology and was instrumental in advancing knowledge of inflammatory bowel disease. He started studying Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in the late 1930s. Throughout his career, he researched possible causes and effects of IBD. In addition to demonstrating the role of genetics in IBD, recognizing the increased risk of colon cancer in patients with IBD and emphasizing the role of nutrition in disease management, he established a new standard of patient care and pioneered new treatment options. Dr. Kirsner regarded the care of patients and the training of young men and women as his most rewarding contributions. » Learn more about Dr. Kirsner's life and legacy.

Our team continues to be inspired by Dr. Kirsner's legacy as we work to advance research and innovation in inflammatory bowel disease.

Dedication to Education and Training

As an academic medical center, the University of Chicago Medicine is dedicated to educating patients and training physicians to be leaders in their field. We offer patient seminars to help individuals make informed and proactive choices about their care. We also host support groups throughout the year. Through our innovative IBD-U™ program, we provide customized educational programs for patients, medical students and residents, physicians, and allied health care professionals.

The section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition offers an advanced fellowship in inflammatory bowel disease that focuses on individualized clinical, basic or translational research as well as inpatient and outpatient care. » Learn more about the University of Chicago Medicine Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.