For Medical Professionals
Information for Referring Physicians
The Digestive Diseases Center at the University of Chicago Medicine is a collaborative, multidisciplinary network of physicians, researchers and allied health professionals who share a legacy of innovation and a common purpose: to improve the lives of patients who suffer from digestive diseases.
We are committed to providing an exceptional experience for you and the patients you entrust to our care. Our IBD specialists are proud to offer:
- Secondary or tertiary care for the most complex and difficult IBD cases, as well as physician-to-physician consults
- Timely appointments (1 week or less for urgent cases)
- Exceptional communication. Referring physicians can expect communication of findings and a recommended treatment plan within one week of your patient's appointment.
For more information or to refer a patient, please call 1-844-UCGIDOC (1-844-824-4362).
Advanced Diagnostic Tools
As part of a comprehensive digestive diseases center, we have the most advanced diagnostic tools available, including:
Advanced mucosal imaging techniques for surveillance and detection of cancer and pre-cancerous changes in the bowel mucosa (chromoendoscopy)
- CT/MRI enterography
- Dedicated small bowel radiology
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
- Interventional endoscopy
- Enteroscopy, traditional and deep (balloon-assisted)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy
- Positron emission technology (PET) scans
- Radionucleotide scanning
- Upper GI endoscopy, colonoscopy
- Wireless capsule endoscopy (the "Pill Camera")
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
Individualized Treatment Plans
In addition to providing diagnostic services, our IBD specialists partner with referring physicians to create individualized treatment plans for each patient. The University of Chicago medical center is one of a handful of research centers testing IBD treatments and our physicians have extensive experience with even the newest medications before they are available to other institutions. In some cases, we may recommend surgical therapy to achieve greater success in managing the disease. Our IBD surgeons have expertise in:
- Small bowel resection (removal of part of the small intestine)
- Segmental colectomy/left or right colectomy (removal of a portion of the colon)
- Total abdominal colectomy (removal of the entire colon)
- Total proctocolectomy (removal of the colon, rectum, and anus)
- Restorative proctocolectomy with ileoanal "J-pouch" anastomosis
- Stoma creation for diversion of intestinal contents
- Specialized surgical treatment for fistulas and abscesses
- Dedicated wound and ostomy care designed to custom-tailor ostomy appliances to individuals
- Bowel sparing intestinal stricturoplasties
When possible, surgeries may be performed using minimally invasive techniques or robotic-assisted devices to reduce scarring and recovery time.
Information for Nurses
Our IBD nurses share monthly tips with other IBD nurses to help improve patient care. » Read the monthly tips.
As part of the CCFA Nursing Initiatives Committee, our IBD nurses have created a best practices resource library. » Learn more.