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Message from Dr. Pandolfino, Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

It has been an unprecedented year for the world, and in particular for the field of medicine. The pandemic has introduced disruptions in how we practice, breading clinical innovations and new research needs previously unimaginable. Despite the challenges, Northwestern Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Division of GI Surgery were able to provide the highest level of care for our patients and advance our academic mission. This year was marked by a number of great accomplishments, including:

  • Obtained an expanded accreditation for the Weight Loss Surgery Program to become a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Comprehensive Center with Obesity Medicine Qualifications
  • Further developed the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program, which has been recognized by the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a top-tier Patient-Centered Specialty Practice
  • Been named a National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) Pancreatitis Center, one of only 47 facilities in the nation and one of only two centers in Illinois to receive the designation

I am incredibly proud of our team's unwavering commitment to align great medical care with great academic productivity and innovation. As we collectively push forward in our pursuits to prevent, diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract and associated organs, our faculty and trainees are proud to participate in and present exciting new research and clinical findings at this year’s virtual Digestive Diseases Week (DDW).

Our team will have a major presence across the entire spectrum of digestive diseases with nearly 50 oral presentations, approximately 30 poster presentations, ASGE Presidential plenary sessions as well as research forums. Many of our faculty will also be participating as symposium moderators and as topic experts during hands-on courses once again highlighting the clinical innovation and depth of research being performed by the faculty. Additionally, our robust training program and the productivity of the trainees at this DDW supports the value we place on our mission of training the next generation of researchers and clinicians.

northwestern-medicine-pandolfino John E. Pandolfino, MD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Hans Popper Professor - Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Not To Be Missed at DDW 2021

Dustin Carlson, MD

Clinical Symposium

FLIP Panometry on Endoscopy: Can It Be a Manometry Alternative?

Friday, May 21 | 3:30 pm

Nirmala Gonsalves, MD

Clinical Symposium

EGID Beyond the Esophagus

Saturday, May 22 | 1:38 pm

Ikuo Hirano, MD

Clinical Symposium

Selecting an Initial Therapy: Drugs, Diet or Dilation?

Saturday, May 22 | 1:02 pm

Peter Kahrilas, MD

Clinical Symposium

Con: Ineffective Esophageal Motility Is Clinically Irrelevant

Friday, May 21 | 3:54 pm

Multiple Authors

ASGE Presidential Plenary

Interim Analysis of a Prospective Tandem Colonoscopy Study to Determine Proximal Colon Polyp Miss Rate Among Gastroenterology Trainees

Saturday, May 22 | 1:46 pm

Rajesh Keswani, MD

Clinical Symposium

Seeing Is Believing: Juicing Your Unit's Adenoma Detection Rate

Saturday, May 22 | 1:00 pm

John Pandolfino, MD

Clinical Symposium

Medical Management of Refractory GERD

Sunday, May 23 | 1:19 pm

Mary E Rinella, MD

State-of-the-Art Lecture

NASH Clinical Trials: What Have We Learned?

Saturday, May 22 | 3:30 pm

2021 Presentations

Friday Sessions

See Friday's schedule of presentations from the Digestive Health Center team.

Saturday Sessions

See Saturday's schedule of presentations from the Digestive Health Center team.

Sunday Sessions

See Sunday's schedule of presentations from the Digestive Health Center team.


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Nationally recognized in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (No. 9)

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COVID-19 and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Steven Hanauer, MD, discusses the implications of COVID-19 for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Anti–Siglec-8 Antibody for Eosinophilic Gastritis and Duodenitis

New England Journal of Medicine study that examined the use of novel Anti–Siglec-8 antibody with significant reduction in both gastric and duodenal eosinophils in patients with eosinophilic gastritis and duodenitis.

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Wireless Monitoring Informs Acid Reflux Therapy

Measuring acid reflux with a wireless electrode can help clinicians determine if patients are ready to stop taking proton pump inhibitors, a medication commonly prescribed for acid reflux disease. Findings, published in the journal Gastroenterology, provide a framework for determining if a patient requires the life-long medication, according to John Pandolfino, MD.