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Digestive Disease Insights

February 2018


Programs & Service Groups



  • Colorectal neoplasia
  • Esophageal and swallowing disorders
  • Functional bowel disorders
  • General gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Hepatology and liver disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Obesity / (Bariatric) Weight Loss Surgery
  • Pancreaticobiliary disease

Service Groups:

  • Advanced/interventional endoscopy
  • Behavioral health
  • Capsule enteroscopy
  • General endoscopy
  • General surgery
  • High-risk prevention (genetic counseling)

In this video, Dr. Hanauer discusses the Digestive Health Center, its state-of-the-art location and research funding from the Digestive Health Foundation.



Chicago Magazine's 2018 Top Docs

This year, four Digestive Health Center physicians were recognized as top doctors in Chicago Magazine’s “2018 Top Docs List”. These physicians were endorsed by their peers as the best in the six-county metro area.


Stephen B. Hanauer, MD
Medical Director, Digestive Health Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Clifford J. Barborka Professor - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Inflammatory bowel diseaseCrohn's diseaseUlcerative colitis


Peter Kahrilas, MD
Gilbert H. Marquardt Professor of Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Esophageal and swallowing disordersGERD


Scott A. Strong, MD
Surgical Director, Digestive Health Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chief, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Crohn's diseaseUlcerative colitisColon and rectal cancer Minimally invasive surgery


Nathaniel J. Soper, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery
Loyal and Edith Professor of Surgery
Professor of Surgery - Gastroenterology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Laparoscopic, biliary and minimally invasive surgeryGERD


New Clinic Space


Digestive Health Center
Lavin Family Pavilion
259 E. Erie, 16th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.695.5620


On November 21, 2016, the Digestive Health Center’s clinic and outpatient endoscopy moved to a new location in the Lavin Family Pavilion (259 E. Erie). This state of the art space offers the latest technology and a setting that fosters collaborative and coordinated care. The new location afforded the DHC with the opportunity to provide a truly integrated and multidisciplinary center by co-locating the outpatient clinics and endoscopy. The new DHC was carefully designed with patients and providers in mind. Patients now have access to an array of DHC services in a centralized location, making it easier to receive comprehensive care in a single visit. In addition, medical and surgical subspecialties have the ability to work in the same clinical space which allows for enhanced partnership and integration.


Clinical Research

The Digestive Health Center is supported by a comprehensive research program through the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Digestive Health Foundation.

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Save the Date: September 27-29, 2018

10th Annual Chicago Live
Led by Sri Komanduri, MD and the members of the Interventional Endoscopy program, this annual CME features the latest advancements in the field of endoscopy and explains the multidisciplinary management of endoscopy complications.

We are honored to welcome internationally renowned leaders in endoscopy including:

  • D. Nageshwar Reddy, MD
  • Kulwinder Dua, MD
  • Robert Hawes, MD
  • Mouen Khashab, MD
  • Daniel Mullady, MD
  • Bret Petersen, MD, MPH
  • Douglas Rex, MD
  • Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH
  • Vanessa Shami, MD
  • John Vargo, MD, MPH
  • Andrew Wang, MD




Consider voting for Northwestern Memorial Hospital as you cast your U.S. News and World Report ballot in the next few weeks.


U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 "Best Hospitals" report ranked the Gastroenterology and GI Surgery program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital #1 in Illinois and one of the top 25 programs in the country. Although external recognition from U.S. News & World Report and other leading industry experts is important, it is what we do for our patients every day that makes us most proud.


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