Ikuo Hirano, MD

Ikuo Hirano, MD

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Primary Specialty

Esophageal Gastroenterology

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - 1990
Residency:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - 1992
Fellowships:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - 1995

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medical Group
Alignment Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
On Medical Staff At:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

391 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 29, 2022

5.0

Professional, patient, thorough.

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March 28, 2022

5.0

He is the most kindest gentle that’s what I’ve come across in a long time he listens and answers is down to worse I don’t go with the technical explanations thank you

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March 24, 2022

5.0

He really took the time to listen to me, and answered all my questions very thoroughly. He was incredibly knowledgeable and kind. I will highly recommend him.

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March 22, 2022

5.0

Dr Hirano a leader in his field which gives me confidence that his course of treatment will be successful.

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March 22, 2022

5.0

Listen to me and addressed my concerns.

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March 21, 2022

5.0

He really got down to the nitty gritty and made sure he had all of the information from me he needed

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March 18, 2022

5.0

As what i said the doctor explained me well and i understand everything that i was looking for. He is a very good doctor and not rushing of explaining to me what my problem that i thought it’s a serious matter.

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March 15, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano is an excellent Doctor. He is very thorough and listens closely to concerns.

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March 14, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano was pleasant to talk to who listen to my description of my symptoms and provide me some informative guidance.

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March 08, 2022

5.0

Knowledgeable expert, compassionate

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March 07, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano is great. He takes time to address any concerns you have and is knowledgeable. I can tell he takes patient care seriously.

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March 07, 2022

5.0

He is compassionate, friendly and a good listener in addition to being a great and effective physician. Listened to all my health issues besides the one he treats.

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February 28, 2022

5.0

Extremely knowledgeable and took the time to talk and to listen. He made me feel like I was the most important person in the world!

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February 21, 2022

5.0

He is the most patient, compassionate, and knowledgeable doctor to whom I have ever entrusted my health.

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February 18, 2022

5.0

He is knowledgeable, analytical, caring and efficient. He's kind and thorough. He conversed with me on an appropriate level, knowing I had some medical knowledge. I think he's brilliant.

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Expertise, care

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February 14, 2022

5.0

I suffered with my condition for decades, he was able to find the cause and treat the condition. I am now on a maintenance program to keep the condition in check.

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February 11, 2022

5.0

What a wonderful doctor. His bedside manner is top notch!

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February 11, 2022

5.0

He has kept my GERD under control.

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February 07, 2022

5.0

He is the best at what he does and he changed my life.

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February 07, 2022

5.0

Best GI doctor

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February 03, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano was amazing. Really thorough and gave lots of good options with explanations on each route we could take for caring for my achalasia.

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February 02, 2022

5.0

Very talented and helpful and caring doctor.

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January 31, 2022

5.0

He explained things clearly, and was professional and kind.

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January 29, 2022

5.0

Excellent doctor.

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January 27, 2022

5.0

He’s the best!!

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January 25, 2022

5.0

Great bedside manner. Nice guy.

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January 25, 2022

5.0

Dr Hirano treated me with care and respect, and his diagnosis was right on the point. I am a new patient to him and he had studied my records thoroughly and made keen observations.

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January 25, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano was very friendly and informative.

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January 24, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano is absolutely the best. I explained why in my previous answer. I have rarely dealt with a doctor is so competent and knowledgeable, yet also such a great listener and so patient-friendly.

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January 22, 2022

5.0

Excellent doctor. Listens, is thoughtful and decisive.

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January 18, 2022

5.0

He is very knowledgeable

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January 16, 2022

5.0

Good bedside manners. A very good doctor i

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January 13, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano is compassionate and caring and explains complex medical issues very clearly

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January 06, 2022

5.0

He is very knowledgeable, friendly, respectful, does a lot of research, and is the best in the field of EOE

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December 25, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is compassionate, caring professional.

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December 24, 2021

4.0

I like Dr. Hirano and have seen him for years, but too difficult to talk or see him! I shouldn’t have to wait weeks for any response or months for an appointment if I have issues.

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December 24, 2021

5.0

Knows his stuff! He’s fabulous!!

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December 20, 2021

5.0

He was kind, patient, listened well, explained things clearly, and had a reasonable plan for my care.

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December 19, 2021

5.0

Great listener and explained everything very well. He was running late that day and apologized many times for it. It's hospital time...I understand things happen.

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December 18, 2021

5.0

He listened to my concerns and positive with his responses.

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December 16, 2021

5.0

Dr Hirano is not just the most knowledgeable doctor for specialized GI issues but he also knows each of his patient and their individual issues and needs. He is genuine and warm and is willing to listen to his patients. He is willing to think outside of the box to solve problems.

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December 15, 2021

5.0

He’s the best!

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December 11, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano, very nice and explained things to me in detail.

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December 07, 2021

5.0

He's extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

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December 02, 2021

5.0

He is kind and listens carefully to the patient.

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November 29, 2021

5.0

great communication

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November 29, 2021

5.0

Dr Hirano was very knowledgeable, patient, and thorough. He was on time, and thoughtful in his discussion of my history and treatment plan. He made sure to ask multiple times throughout our discussion if I had any questions or needed clarification.

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November 23, 2021

5.0

Dr Hirano is the most caring, professional, and takes his time with every patient. I wouldn't recommend any other doc but him. He is the best.

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November 23, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is my favorite physician at NMH. Compassionate, knowledgeable, caring — all the right attributes!

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November 20, 2021

5.0

I feel like Dr. Hirano really cares about helping me figure out what to do about my issues.

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November 20, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hiram is very caring, answers all my questions and makes me feel like he is really invested in me.

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November 19, 2021

5.0

Dr. H. Listened and showed interest in my concerns. Provided helpful information on how to manage my health issues.

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November 17, 2021

5.0

Dr Hirano is exceptional Im very happy to have him

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November 16, 2021

5.0

He’s fantastic, very detailed and top notch

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November 15, 2021

5.0

He's present. He's empathetic. He has time to talk. He generates confidence. I've been completely satisfied with the two procedures I've experienced at his hands.

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November 11, 2021

5.0

He is outstanding and has helped me greatly.

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November 08, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is amazing, patient, kind and very knowledgeable!

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November 08, 2021

5.0

Wonderful and caring doctor

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November 01, 2021

5.0

Provides coherent explanations, doesn’t rush patient, knwlwdgeable and compassionate care.

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November 01, 2021

5.0

I absolutely love Dr Hirano. Very practical, very approachable yet consummately professional.

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October 29, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is a great doctor.

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October 26, 2021

5.0

I've been seeing Dr Hirano since 2009. He is the best doctor I've ever encountered. He has the best bed side manor, very professional, very smart, and makes sure his patients are well cared for. He not only treats his patients well but I observe how much he respects his staff.

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October 22, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is the expert in GI Motility Diseases!!!! He understands my GI problems and always suggests ways to make it better. He takes a lot of time asking questions. He listens to me. I came away from my visit armed with 3 new things to try. I sincerely appreciate that he is such a brilliant doctor, but always makes sure that I understand what I need to do now. Thank you for having such a caring, sincere, wonderful doctor in your GI Motility Dept.

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October 21, 2021

5.0

Dr’s attention to my symptoms , & complaints are wonderful. He is always concerned about how I am doing and feeling. You

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October 18, 2021

5.0

Dr Hirano took his time listening to my medical concerns . All tests were performed well and glad I went to him for a second opnion . Now have treatment plan without needing surgery

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October 12, 2021

5.0

He was wonderful

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October 11, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is wonderful.

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October 11, 2021

5.0

Very nice and spent a lot of time discussing my health

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October 07, 2021

5.0

Smart, caring, nice, takes his time with you

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October 05, 2021

5.0

Dr hirano reviewed all my problems. And assigned me to dr hungness. Together they fixed my problem so that i could live a noal life

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October 05, 2021

5.0

Great bedside manner. Very thorough

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October 04, 2021

5.0

I felt like he spent time with me and listened to me.

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October 01, 2021

5.0

He took a whole hour and really focused on me and my ongoing problems . He immediately figured out one test was done incorrect and came up with a plan of tests that will help accurately diagnosis abs see if I need surgery . Very personable and cares

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September 24, 2021

5.0

He studied my chart before I came and asked and answered all my questions.

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September 23, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is terrific! He’s kind, understanding, thoughtful, patient and at the top of his game!! He’ll go the extra mile or miles to problem solve what needs to be done for a patient, be it lab work, medications or procedures. I couldn’t be more pleased with him as my GI doctor!!

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September 20, 2021

5.0

Very good listener and explains what needs to be done very efficiently. Kyle

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September 20, 2021

5.0

The doctor's demeanor is warm and friendly, responsive to questions and exudes confident knowledgeable intelligence

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September 17, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano took the time to review my medical records in depth to understand my health issues. He took the time to ask questions and truly listened to my health history. I felt very confident in Dr. Hirano and knew he was the best Doctor to treat me for GI concerns.

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September 17, 2021

5.0

Has been our GI doctor for decades. He is very caring and listenings to us.

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September 14, 2021

5.0

Dr Ikuo Hiruno listened to my concerns, thoroughly went thru my long term history of gastrointestinal issues as well as other medical history issues that may be impacting my digestive system. Reevaluated past test results and gave me accurate information regarding my condition. Very thorough and great doctor who doesn’t rush his patients and listens to all concerns. I cannot wait for my next visit with him!

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September 11, 2021

5.0

He was very thorough and eased a lot of my fears.

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August 13, 2021

5.0

I have already referred at least 5 people to his care. Dr. Hirano is the best!

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August 10, 2021

5.0

Attentive, patient, addresses all concerns, works to find a treatment plan that fits my overall situation

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August 09, 2021

5.0

Highly recommended doctor

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August 07, 2021

5.0

Brilliant, patient focused, friendly

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August 05, 2021

5.0

The man is a genius and so kind and caring.

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August 02, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is a premier expert in EOE. Additionally, he is patient and answers all questions fully. Excellent all around.

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August 02, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is clearly an expert in his field. He explained things in a reasonable way and answered all of my questions.

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July 31, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano, is one of the smartest doctors I have ever met! I drive a distance to see him & his staff because they are the best. Beyond this, Dr. Hirano truly cares about his patients. His compassion & concern are quite evident! I’m most grateful he accepted my case!!

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July 27, 2021

5.0

Again, doctor gives clear explanations of what is going on.

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July 26, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano is just a wonderful physician all around. He listens to his patients, spends time with them and has the best bedside manner.

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July 25, 2021

5.0

He listens exceptionally well and has brought me great relief for my esophogitus

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July 24, 2021

5.0

Excellent doctor that knows his field of knowledge

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July 19, 2021

5.0

Very nice and understanding.

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July 19, 2021

5.0

He is the best.

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July 17, 2021

5.0

seemed very intelligent about my problem

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July 16, 2021

5.0

He is intelligent, caring, professional and personable.

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July 16, 2021

5.0

Dr. Hirano was very friendly,patient, informative, and detailed oriented. His nurse was just perfectly nice. 10/10

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July 13, 2021

5.0

Great doctor!

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Disclosures

Industry Relationships

Consulting / Related Activities

Faculty member engaged in activities such as speaking, advising, consulting, or providing educational programs for the following companies or other entities

  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
  • BGB Communications, Inc.
  • DWA Healthcare Communications Group, Inc.
  • Focus Medical Communications, LLC
  • GI Reviewers
  • HMP Education (formerly known as NACCME)
  • Integritas Communications
  • Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.
  • Med Learning Group, LLC
  • Medical Education Speakers Network, Inc. (MESN)
  • Meeting Protocol Worldwide
  • Orlando Health
  • Peer Education Limited
  • Peerview Operation Services America, LLC
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
  • Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA)
  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • UpToDate, Inc.
  • WebMD Health Network

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