Emanuelle A. Bellaguarda, MD
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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Practice Focus Areas
- Medical Education:
MD, Universidade Estadual do Ceara - 2006
Boston University Medical Center - 2011
University of Chicago - 2014McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 2015
- American Board of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology (Certified)
Faculty ProfileAssistant Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine
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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Reviews from Patients
Reviews from Patients
August 02, 20225.0 star star star star star
Dr. Bellaguarda is an excellent doctor and scientist. It is great to work with someone who is actively engaged with research, not only because I know that I'm receiving care based on the latest evidence, but also because I think it's made her a better communicator. But above all, I appreciate that Dr. Bellaguarda listens to me and works with me my on my care - I feel like I have a partner upon whom I can rely.
June 24, 20225.0 star star star star star
She is highly capable, well informed, kind and considerate, and has a good and responsive staff. Unlike some gastroenterologists at Northwestern, she is not full of herself and does not default to surgery as a prime treatment option. She has listened to me and made my goals her priorities in treatment, and has kept my disease in remission for four years.
June 23, 20225.0 star star star star star
I have complete confidence in the care provided by Dr. Bellaguarda. She is very professional, knowledgeable and courteous. She is extremely easy to speak with and her care for the patient is easy to see through our discussions.
June 17, 20225.0 star star star star star
She listens and she explains. I do colonoscopies without sedation. This last one was a little difficult when the scope got hung up making the last turn towards the appendix. She offered sedation and I declined since I knew the discomfort wouldn't last and I considered the discomfort manageable. I appreciate her concerns and also her willingness to trust my judgement on this issue.
May 16, 20225.0 star star star star star
I’ve had three colonoscopies performed by, Dr Bellaguarda and I’ve been very satisfied. She has a personal touch. She was the only doctor who talked to me after the procedures. I never experienced that with the previous doctor who performed several colonoscopies.
May 07, 20225.0 star star star star star
Dr. B. is responsive to my questions and I always feel like she has my best interest at heart. SHe suggested strongly that I get a bariatric sleeve surgery from Dr. Nagle and I listened to her and I am so grateful to her. She is warm and caring and i just admire her so much!
April 20, 20225.0 star star star star star
She takes care of a dear friend... and then my gyne was very happy to learn she was my doctor. So, she came highly recommended. As for what I think... I like her straightforward style. And I'm comfortable enough to be unconscious when she works on me. LOL
December 28, 20215.0 star star star star star
After years of dealing with gastroenterologists who did not explain or help me consider options, she was the first doctor willing to spend the time to help me and the only to act promptly to start helping me.
December 27, 20215.0 star star star star star
Her patient, out daughter. is 39 years old and has developmental disabilities. It is hard to treat someone who cannot tell you where it hurts or how she feels. Doctor Bellaguarda, handles it with kindness and by talking to us to get the answers she needs.
December 26, 20215.0 star star star star star
I saw Dr. Belleguarda for a 2nd opinion for treatment/possible surgery. She was very attentive in letting me explain my complex past medical history. She reviewed and confirmed all of my past records during my visit. A lot of doctors would scan or glance at them prior to walking in the room for your consult (medical field retiree - I know the drill). I didn't feel rushed or made to feel as 'you're just a 2nd opinion so no need to waste a lot of time on her'. Dr. Bellaguarda asked questions that my current GI never did, she dug deeper into possible diagnoses which were shrugged off in the past. She suggested a game plan to get a true diagnosis after many years of inconsistencies. When she asked if I wanted to send a consult letter to my current GI, I told her don't bother, he's fired as of today.
December 01, 20215.0 star star star star star
I was seeing the doctor for a second opinion regarding treatment for my condition. Although she’d reviewed my file, Dr. Bellaguarda asked me to tell my story from diagnosis till now. She listened carefully, asked clarifying questions and took the time to answer all of my questions. She was kind, understanding and relieved many of my concerns.
April 25, 20215.0 star star star star star
She is highly capable, warm, understanding, communicates and explains well, and listens to patients. When other doctors in your department were being high-handed and overbearing, recommending drastic measures that turned out to be unnecessary, she heard my goals for my treatment, and set out to meet them. I am now successfully living in remission.
April 10, 20215.0 star star star star star
Dr Bellaguarda is extremely knowledgeable and is a fantastic doctor. She explained everything about my condition and told me things that I didn't know. I left the office feeling a lot better about the condition that I have
April 07, 20215.0 star star star star star
She listened and did a thorough patient history with me. She is extremely detailed and the app with patient summary is easy to use. She has resolved issues I've been dealing with now for a while and I am hopeful working with her I will have my symptoms under control or in remission. Additionally, she answered all my questions and took time to listen and gave options on treatments. I was losing hope I'd ever feel better and so glad I went to see her.
March 16, 20215.0 star star star star star
She is the best gastrointestinal doctor that I have ever had. She is also my first female doctor.I have been seeing drs since 1985 for crohns . She has the best bedside manner. I really feel like she cares and wants me to feel the best that I can.
February 23, 20215.0 star star star star star
Dr. Bellaguarda is an answered prayer from God. From the very first time I saw her this morning and discussed my health issues, I immediately felt the connection of a patient- doctor relationship. Her cheerful attitude and approach made me feel secured and comfortable to put my trust and confidence. Her concern and sensitivity were very visible. I'm so touched with her taking time to listen and thoroughly explaining in details my illness and addressing it promptly for immediate action and possible treatment. I thank God for giving her to me.
January 31, 20215.0 star star star star star
Dr. Bellaguarda and her team made me feel very confortable and cared for. She was very patient and she explained my condition and teatment with detail. She answered all my questions and she took the time needed to be with me.
Consulting / Related Activities
Faculty member engaged in activities such as speaking, advising, consulting, or providing educational programs for the following companies or other entities
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer, Inc. Alliance
External Professional Relationships
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