Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The University of Chicago Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center features some of the nation's leading experts in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatment and research. Our team includes specialists from adult and pediatric gastroenterology, surgery, pathology, radiology and other disciplines who provide focused expertise in inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
At the University of Chicago Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, we provide an integrated, comprehensive approach to care that draws upon the expertise of many specialists. We work closely with each patient to develop ongoing, effective treatment plans that improve and maintain overall health and nutrition, while minimizing side effects. Here, care goes beyond medical and surgical treatment to include disease education, dietary counseling and support services to help our patients achieve the best quality of life.
Our physicians are often among the first to provide the latest treatments for inflammatory bowel disease, including new medicines and procedures not widely available at other hospitals.
Advanced Surgical Procedures
If surgery is required, you can take comfort in knowing that our general surgeons perform more procedures for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease than any other team in the greater Chicago area.
Many patients are candidates for minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. This advanced surgical approach is performed through a small incision (usually less than one inch in length). Compared to open surgery, the benefits of minimally invasive surgery include a shorter hospital stay, a faster return to normal activities, and minimal scarring. Our surgeons are pioneers in minimally invasive surgery for colorectal diseases, and have been performing these types of procedures since 2002.
World-Renowned IBD Research
The University of Chicago 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. Many of our patients participate in clinical trials of new treatments for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Learn More About IBD
Visit the University of Chicago Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center Web site to learn more about IBD treatment and research. The site also includes links to Webcasts that feature University of Chicago IBD experts.