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 work 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 2017—2018 U.S. News & World Report.*
To contact the Digestive Health Center or schedule an appointment, please call: 312.695.5620.
Why You Should Request a Screening Colonoscopy
Chicago Magazine lists DHC physicians and surgeons in their 2018 Top Docs list.Gastroenterology
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)2 funded 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.
- General Information for Endoscopy Procedures: Galter | Lavin
- Preparation of bowel cleansing solution: Step-by-step instructions for patients on how to take bowel cleansing solution.
- Healthy Thinking About Chronic Digestive Disorders: Article published by International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, focused on the use of cognitive behavioral therapy to help reduce stress.
- Your Other Brain: Article published in More magazine, focused on the relationship between the gut function and stress.
- GI Lab Patient Questionnaire: Patient questionnaire patients must fill out prior to GI Lab procedure.
- Soothing a Sensitive Gut: Article detailing mind-body treatments for digestive problems from Newsweek.
- Illinois Medi-car Transportation Services: A non-emergency transportation provider, Illinois Medi-car, Inc. serves customers who use wheelchairs and other clients with special needs.
- Colonscopy and Upper Endoscopy Frequently Asked Questions
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