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 20182019 U.S. News & World Report.*

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

New Program Tries to Combat America’s Opioid Addiction Crisis by Taking Back Unused Pills


Dr. Jonah Stulberg, General Surgeon at the DHC, was recently on the NBC Nightly News to talk about his work.

He is leading Northwestern Medicine opioid reduction and safe disposal efforts. Learn more.


DHC Surgeon, Dr. Jonah Stulberg Talks About The Opioid Epidemic and How People Can Safely Dispose Medications

Dr. Stulberg participated in a Facebook stream on 3/17 where he spoke about the opioid retrieval program that’s been piloted in the Digestive Health Center and how Northwestern Medicine encourages people to participate in National Rx Take Back Day on 4/28.

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Chicago Magazine lists DHC physicians and surgeons in their 2018 Top Docs list.

Stephen Hanauer, MD - Inflammatory bowel disease; Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis
Peter Kahrilas, MD - Esophageal and swallowing disorders; GERD

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Scott Strong, MD - Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis; colon and rectal cancer; minimally invasive surgery
Nathaniel Soper, MD - Laparoscopic, biliary and minimally invasive surgery; GERD

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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.

DHC Hosted Its First Facebook Live on Importance of Colorectal Screenings and Related Digestive Health Topics

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, DHC Medical Director, Dr. Stephen Hanauer and DHC Surgical Director, Dr. Scott Strong addressed patients’ questions during a live Facebook stream on 3/23.

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Meet the Teams

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

Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center
Lavin Family Pavilion
259 East Erie, 16th floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Our space features:

  • Endoscopy lab expansion. Our endoscopy lab services are offered in both  Galter Pavilion and Lavin Pavilion. If you are scheduled for an endoscopy, the phone reminder you will receive seven days before your procedure will notify you of the location.
  • A world-class environment. This building was designed to create an exceptional experience for patients and physicians. The welcoming environment is supported by advanced technology and access to medical services throughout Northwestern Medicine.
  • Further integrated patient care experience. From clinic appointments and procedures to diagnostic tests and follow-up care in nutrition and counseling services, we provide a multidisciplinary approach to digestive health care.

The Digestive Health Center is an outpatient department of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is required to meet the very highest standards of care, safety and quality.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital U.S. News & World Report Best National Hospital, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery 2018-2019 graphic.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Nationally recognized in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (30th)

Digestive Health Foundation

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

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