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.

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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.

 A group photo of physicians from the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Team

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic condition that requires the expertise of multiple medical specialists. Our team approach ensures that we tailor our treatment plans to offer your patients truly personalized care.

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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.

Dr. Russell Cohen talking with an IBD patient before surgery
Eugene B. Chang, MD, GI and IBD researcher
An outside view of UChicago Medicine
Doctors operating with state-of-the-art facilities in the CCD
The late Dr. Kirsner, pioneer in IBD treatment and research
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Senior Faculty at the DCAM hospital building
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