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 inflammatory bowel disease.
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:
- Exceptional communication — referring physicians can expect communication of findings and a recommended treatment plan within one week of your patient's appointment
- Secondary or tertiary care for the most complex and difficult IBD cases, as well as physician-to-physician consults
- Timely appointments (one week or less for urgent cases)
For more information or to refer a patient, please call 1-844-UCGIDOC (1-844-824-4362).
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)
In addition to providing diagnostic services, our IBD specialists partner with referring physicians to create individualized treatment plans for each patient. UChicago Medicine 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.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
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Why Choose the UChicago Medicine IBD Center
We are committed to providing the highest caliber of care to patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases.
Treatment Tailored to Each Patient
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 Fertility, Pregnancy and Sexual Function Program.
At the Forefront of IBD Research
Our contributions to the field of inflammatory bowel disease began with the late 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. Throughout his career, he researched possible causes and effects of IBD. He established a new standard of patient care and pioneered new treatment options. Our team continues to be inspired by Dr. Kirsner's legacy as we work to advance research and innovation in inflammatory bowel disease.
Highly Ranked Program
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our gastrointestinal disorders program among the best in the nation.
As part of a comprehensive digestive diseases center, we have the most advanced diagnostic tools available. The IBD Center has its own inpatient wing — the only one of its kind in the region — located in UChicago Medicine’s state-of-the art hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery. This dedicated space allows us to bring our experts together to treat patients in the most effective and efficient way.
Dedicated to Education & 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.