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 2018–2019 U.S. News & World Report.*
To contact the Digestive Health Center or schedule an appointment, please call: 312.695.5620.
Hospitals cut back on opioids to battle addiction epidemic
Drugs such as Vicodin, OxyContin and fentanyl diminish moderate to severe pain, but they also carry a significant risk of addiction. It's not clear how many people swept up in the nation's opioid crisis got started because of a trip to the hospital, but some experts believe the portion is sizable. Article features Jonah Stuhlberg, MD, MPH.
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.
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)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.