Ikuo Hirano, MD

Ikuo Hirano, MD

4.9 
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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

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

299 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

44 Reviews

Reviews from Patients

44 Reviews

January 25, 2023

5.0

Doctor Hirano is an amazing doctor. He's thorough, well versed, confident, shows a lot of care and concern. He is super knowledgeable and and overall outstanding doctor.

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January 16, 2023

5.0

See above. PS. Pleasant staff and assistants.

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January 14, 2023

5.0

He is a great Dr. He understands me and has taken care of my digestive problems for years. At this point No problems..

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January 14, 2023

5.0

I have been seeing Dr Hirano for my EoE for about 10 years. His diagnostic and surgical skills are outstanding. However, what makes him a truly special and amazing doctor is his bedside manner. He is very calming, never rushed and takes time to make sure I, as the patient, understand everything.

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January 13, 2023

5.0

Very thorough, personable, knowledgeable

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January 09, 2023

2.0

Excellent, but only if you can get an appointment.

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January 03, 2023

5.0

Explained everything very well.

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December 20, 2022

5.0

Careful MD, direct with patient AND DOES NOT INSERT UNNECESSARY BUREAUCRACY BETWEEN PATIENT AND HIMSELF

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December 13, 2022

5.0

Dr Hirano spent time with me listening and explaining while answering my questions. He took the time to find answers that I have been searching for, for a very long time!

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December 08, 2022

5.0

Polite, good questions, good listener, displays genuine concern for the patient’s well-being and overall health.

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December 06, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano is a renown doctor in the treatment of esophagus issues, and he resolved a swallowing program that was impacting tremendously on my quality of life issues. Through medical procedures that he executed and subsequent medication, my swallowing problems were resolved and continue to be so several years later. I now meet with him once a year and those encounters are so enjoyable and pleasant since he is such a patient oriented doctor. He is one of a kind, and I can't say enough how much I respect him.

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December 02, 2022

5.0

He is determined to resolve the problem. If something doesn’t work he continues treating until it’s resolved. I developed H Polaris. He tried several antibiotics nothing worked. For years the dermatologist determine that I was allergic to penicillin. He arranged for me to get retested. The new test showed that I was no longer allergic and could take penicillin. He took the extra step.

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November 29, 2022

5.0

He’s very thorough, and pleasant!

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November 22, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano is one of the most knowledgeable and compassionate physicians I have ever had the privilege to meet. I am extremely grateful he is my physician. His care team is also exceptional. Sonia, his RN, is absolutely lovely and on top of everything & Hirano, his scheduler, will do everything she can to get you in when you need to be seen. I gladly drive the 3.5-4 hours to be seen here. Their endoscopy suite providers are all caring, compassionate, and understand their specialties throughly. I’ve never had so much as a mediocre experience in this clinic, and I have complex concerns. Thanks for all the exceptional work!!

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November 20, 2022

5.0

He’s a great specialist!

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November 12, 2022

5.0

Explained all details, friendly, put my wife and me the patient at ease. Funny.

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November 12, 2022

5.0

Please if you are struggling with GI Motility Disease do yourself a favor and see Dr. Hirano. He understands what you are going through, and always offers suggestions for ways to relieve your GI pain, and I am very grateful for him. He truly is a Best Doctor for Motility Disease.

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November 08, 2022

5.0

He is great - thorough and great care giver approach

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November 06, 2022

5.0

Dr. cares about his patients. Spends time and does not rush you. Dr. will help you if he can.

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November 03, 2022

5.0

Very caring and professional.

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November 01, 2022

5.0

VERY PLEASED WITH THE ENTIRE EXPIRE EXPERIENCE

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October 25, 2022

5.0

Knowledge. Professionalism.

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October 25, 2022

5.0

Excellent, thorough, receptive and makes good recommendations. Definitely an expert in my condition!!

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October 23, 2022

5.0

Dr Hirano is clear and attentive. Very strong communicator with a superb bedside manner.

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October 22, 2022

5.0

He is expert in his area of medicine and hp on the latest research.

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October 22, 2022

5.0

Very knowledgeable, listens well, not rushing during consultation.

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October 18, 2022

5.0

Dr Hirano will go above and beyond to help you resolve or control your Esophageal/Gastrointestinal issues! He is very thorough and pleasant to talk to without rushing through anything. He always remembers everything you discuss.

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October 17, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano is an expert in the field and has excellent communication skills. He is kind and caring.

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October 16, 2022

5.0

Liked how the doctor listened to my concerns. The plan of action is something I agree with.

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October 11, 2022

5.0

Outstanding physician

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October 11, 2022

5.0

Good assessment

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October 06, 2022

5.0

Long-term relationship that Dr. Hirano has built trust with his patient (me!)

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October 03, 2022

3.0

He is a very caring doctor but he was vague and inconclusive about what was my diagnosis and what treatment if any there might be. Instead he recommended cognitive behavioral therapy and exploring possible food allergies.

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September 29, 2022

5.0

Knowledgeable, kind, patient, and a overall great doctor. I have already recommended him to a family friend who was looking for a GI doctor.

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September 27, 2022

5.0

His medical knowledge snd friendly caring manner are excellent.

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September 27, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano is the best physician I’ve met. He is knowledgeable and caring. Thank you

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September 24, 2022

5.0

Brilliant, conscientious, caring, kind doctor

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September 22, 2022

5.0

He is brilliant, and so kind. I know he is a leader in EOE

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September 22, 2022

5.0

He interacts with me so well, great skills and bedside manor. He is a great doctor.

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September 20, 2022

5.0

Kind and thorough.

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September 12, 2022

5.0

I feel like he's very thorough and personable. He has a good bedside manner.

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September 12, 2022

5.0

Competent and kind

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September 09, 2022

5.0

I feel comfortable

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September 06, 2022

5.0

Dr. Hirano is kind, patient, friendly, yet professional. He clearly explained all my procedure and very informative.

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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

External Professional Relationships

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