Digestive Diseases Center

Erika Hefke

Active Again After Crohn's Disease and Colon Cancer

The University of Chicago Medicine has been at the forefront of digestive disease care since 1927, when our doctors created the nation’s first hospital-based gastroenterology department. Today, we provide care for all types of gastrointestinal conditions, from inflammatory bowel disease and liver disorders, to esophageal, pancreatic, and bile duct diseases and all forms of gastrointestinal cancers. U.S. News & World Report ranks our digestive disorders program among the best in the nation. We have patient-centered programs for many common and rare GI disorders.

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Renowned Multidisciplinary Team of Experts

Irving Waxman, Mitchell Posner, Hedy KindlerAt the University of Chicago Medicine, adults and children benefit from the combined expertise of many of the nation's leading specialists in gastrointestinal diseases. Our gastroenterologists are nationally and internationally recognized for providing breakthrough care of complex digestive diseases.

Our colorectal surgeons are known for their skill and leadership in using minimally invasive techniques to effectively treat patients while preserving quality of life. In fact, our surgeons perform more laparoscopic colorectal surgeries than any other academic medical center in Illinois. Our volume ranks among the top 5 percent of academically affiliated hospitals in the country.

Roger Hurst, MDPreserving Quality of Life

We provide advanced procedures that effectively treat disease while preserving organ function and minimizing recovery time. For example, our gastrointestinal interventional endoscopists offer nonsurgical diagnostic and treatment options for conditions that are typically treated with invasive surgery at most hospitals.

A Leader in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Care

We treat more tRussell Cohen, MDhan 5,000 patients with mild to complex cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) each year. Our staff provides the latest medical treatments, as well as disease education, dietary counseling, and other support services to help patients achieve the best quality of life.

We are continuing to research the causes and treatments of this disease, and are internationally recognized for our discoveries. Recently, our experts discovered the first gene that increases the risk of Crohn’s disease. We also have tested several promising treatments, including a monoclonal antibody and thalidomide for Crohn’s disease.

Sophisticated Care in a State-of-the-Art Hospital

The Center for Care and Discovery is the new home for gastrointestinal care at the University of Chicago Medicine. Opened in February 2013, the hospital brings together the best minds in medicine, aided by the latest technology. The new facility features advanced endoscopy suites, as well as hybrid operating rooms, that enable surgeons and endoscopists to collaborate on multiple procedures at one time, in one location.

Premier Gastrointestinal Research

Eugene Chang, MDAt the University of Chicago Medicine campus, care is based on a foundation of advanced, research-driven medicine. The same experts who are treating patients today are guiding research into tomorrow's medical breakthroughs. To support these efforts, the medical center is home to the Digestive Disease Research Core Center, one of only 12 such NIH-supported programs in the nation.

Digestive Diseases Center


Learn about the multidisciplinary Digestive Diseases Center, including the physicians and researchers who deliver outstanding patient care while working to discover new treatments for digestive diseases. For more information, download the Digestive Diseases Center brochure (PDF).



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