Achalasia patient, Dorian Brantley, enjoying pizza for the first time after surgery
​Eating again after achalasia

Eating and drinking became increasingly difficult for Dorian Brantley. Gastroenterologists diagnosed achalasia — a rare digestive disorder that affects the muscles between the esophagus and the stomach. Irving Waxman, MD, an interventional endoscopy specialist performed an incisionless procedure called peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) to correct the problem. Now Brantley is back to enjoying pizza and all her other favorite foods again.

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A history of philanthropy

The Duchossois family is well known for transformational gifts to the University of Chicago and UChicago Medicine, including the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, built in the mid 90’s in honor of Beverly Duchossois. The Duchossois Family Institute continues this tradition by supporting research on the science of wellness.

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