Digestive Health

The Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center prevents, diagnoses and treats digestive diseases.

Digestive Health Center

The Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center brings together some of the best academic and clinical minds in pursuit of medical excellence in the area of gastrointestinal health. Our mission is to prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract and associated organs.

At the heart of the Center's success is the complementary approach through multidisciplinary teams of physicians who work to bring top-quality care to patients from around the world. Each multidisciplinary center includes gastroenterologists, interventional endoscopists, surgeons, psychologists and dietitians. Our internationally renowned team of specialists1 works with patients to control the symptoms that negatively affect their health and lives while focusing on the treatment of their condition or disease. Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases affect an estimated 60 to 70 million Americans annually.

Our comprehensive program is rated among the top gastroenterology and GI surgery specialty centers in the country 20192020 U.S. News & World Report.2

To contact the Digestive Health Center or schedule an appointment, please call: 312.695.5620.

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The vision of the Digestive Health Center is to develop integrated resources for outstanding patient care, provide medical and patient education, and conduct research aimed at the prevention, diagnoses, and treatments of digestive diseases. Our expectation is to expand these coordinated efforts into an internationally recognized institute for digestive health and diseases.

On a global basis, common digestive disorders, such as acute diarrhea and viral hepatitis, are being replaced by an expanding burden of “developed world” chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic esophagitis and colon cancer.

Digestive Diseases Research Program

The Digestive Diseases Research Program is dedicated to finding new treatments for gastrointestinal disorders. Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine work together on clinical trials in gastroenterology, National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded2 investigations, and research into endoscopy and hepatology treatments for patients with GERD, Barrett's esophagus, and other digestive disorders.

Meet the Teams

The Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Programs bring together multidisciplinary teams to provide top-quality care for our patients. Our mission is to prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract and associated organs.

(Bariatric) Weight Loss Surgery Program

If non-surgical treatments have not provided you with sustained weight loss, bariatric surgery might be an option for you.

Behavioral Medicine for Digestive Health Program

The Behavioral Medicine for Digestive Health Program aims to provide treatment for GI symptoms by positively affecting health beliefs and behaviors that impact gastrointestinal symptoms and conditions.

Colorectal Disease Program

The Colorectal Disease Program, part of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center, offers an extensive colorectal cancer screening program.

Esophageal Program

The esophageal physiology diagnostic lab at Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center is among the most advanced in the world.

Functional Bowel Disease Program

Bowel disorders are disabling, painful and embarrassing. Learn more about the Functional Bowel Disease Program within the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center.

High-Risk Prevention Program

The High-Risk Prevention Program is dedicated to early detection, prevention, treatment and counseling for people at a higher risk for gastrointestinal cancers.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, part of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center, is one of only a few fully integrated clinical GI programs in the U.S.

Interventional Endoscopy Program

The Interventional Endoscopy Program combines advanced endoscopic procedures and clinical expertise to diagnose and manage disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, bile ducts and pancreas.

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Program

The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Program offers a customized hepatology and weight management plan, including weight loss strategies, individualized dietary plans, and exercise and behavior modification.

Pancreaticobiliary Program

The Pancreaticobiliary Program, part of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center, treats diseases of the pancreas, gallbladder and liver.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital U.S. News & World Report Best National Hospital, Gastroenterology 2019-2020

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Nationally recognized in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (20th)

Patient Events And Support Groups

The DHC offers digestive health patient programs and informational seminars for specific GI conditions such as IBD and Weight Loss Surgery.

Digestive Health Professionals

Access to our DHC faculty’s latest research, clinical trials, fellowship information and more.

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Looking for a Second Opinion?

It's vital that you're comfortable with your treatment decision and you have confidence in your doctor. For these reasons, a second opinion with another specialist can help you make smart treatment decisions.

Digestive Health Foundation

The Digestive Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Digestive Health Center, and it funds medical research and educational programming.

Weight Loss Surgery At Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Watch Cheryl and her husband talk about her weight loss journey with Northwestern Medicine. In addition, our surgeons provide an overview of the Weight Loss Surgery Program.

Be one in a million.

The more researchers know about what makes each of us unique, the more tailored our health care can become. Join a research effort with one million people nationwide to create a healthier future for all of us.

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