How can I use this site to learn about my condition and treatment options?

As an academic medical center, we are dedicated to providing knowledge for patients and medical professionals. We hope this site helps you better understand your disease and treatment options. Here’s a little background information to help you find what you need.

Services and Treatment Options

To find information about our services and treatment options, select a surgical specialty from the drop-down menu in the center of the Surgery page. If you are looking for children’s surgical care, select Pediatric Surgery.

Select a surgical specialty drop-down menu

Once you select a surgical specialty from the list, you'll find additional information about services that the University of Chicago Medicine provide. Particularly on the right side of many pages, you may also find links to information about treatments, related services, clinical trials, and other helpful resources.

General Education Information

Online Library module

On several pages, you may see an Online Library module. This module, always on the right side of the page, includes links to general background information about conditions and treatments. The Online Health Library is designed to help you become a more informed patient or caregiver. It provides information in various formats, including glossaries, illustrations, statistics, and a range of additional educational resources. For those who may find it more convenient, we also offer Información en línea: Español.

Surgery Research

If you'd like to learn more about our surgery research activities, we encourage you to visit the University of Chicago Department of Surgery website. Here you’ll learn about basic or translational research and clinical research.

Being Part of the Team

Our doctors and nurses want to serve as resources for you, helping you to understand your condition and your treatment options. You may find it helpful to bring a list of questions to your appointment. Newly diagnosed patients, in particular, often bring a family member or friend to help ask questions and remember new information. Some patients even bring a tape recorder, an iPod, or some other device to record important details.

You may also consider downloading these guides to help you prepare for your appointment: 

Questions for My Doctor (PDF)
Patient Decision Aid (PDF)