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Advancing IBD Treatment with Leading-Edge Research

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a complex and chronic condition that requires the expertise of multiple medical specialists. At the University of Chicago Medicine Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, our team approach ensures that we can offer truly personalized care, tailoring our treatment plans to address your needs. 

UChicago Medicine has a long history of excellence in research that advances the science and understanding of inflammatory bowel disease. Our world-renowned specialists not only continue to push boundaries with their leading-edge research but also integrate the latest therapies into their treatment plans to offer you the most advanced care available.

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the small intestines.

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine (the colon and rectum).

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Pediatric IBD

The pediatric IBD experts at Comer Children's Hospital recognize that every child is different. We take a personalized approach to finding the treatment that works best for each patient.

Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Patient Referrals

In addition to providing diagnostic services, our IBD specialists partner with referring physicians to create individualized treatment plans for each patient.

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What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term that includes Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and indeterminate colitis. These painful diseases involve an abnormal response from the immune system that damages the lining of the digestive tract, causing inflammation, ulceration, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stools, fatigue and/or weight loss. Although the exact cause of IBD is unknown, research shows that genes, an overactive immune system and environmental factors all likely play a role.

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Innovating Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment

Although there is no cure for inflammatory bowel disease, the goal of treatment is to help patients achieve remission, avoid relapses and have the best quality of life. Our IBD team feels that, in most cases, continuous treatment is more successful than periodic intervention during flare-ups. We work closely with each patient to develop ongoing, effective treatment plans that improve and maintain overall health and nutrition while minimizing side effects and relieving the discomfort and stress of inflammatory bowel disease.

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US News and World Report 2019-20 Badge for Gastroenterology
Nationally Ranked in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

According to U.S. News & World Report's 2019-20 Rankings

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IBD Events & Support Groups

Our team offers monthly support groups and ongoing educational events to bring together IBD patients and their families.

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Find an IBD Clinical Trial

As one of only a limited number of research centers in the country testing new IBD treatments, we can offer patients the most advanced treatments available.

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Traveling to Receive Care?

Our Destination UChicago Medicine team provides concierge services for U.S. patients who live outside the Chicago area and are traveling to UChicago Medicine for care.

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Why Choose the UChicago Medicine IBD Center

We are committed to providing the highest caliber of care to patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases.

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The UChicago Medicine Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center has a legacy of over 85 years of leadership in the investigation of new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease. These discoveries were made possible through the contributions of patients, friends and family members who provided additional funds for advanced clinical and laboratory research. Please consider supporting the IBD Center's important mission. You can email questions to ibdcenter@uchicago.edu.

Right: Joseph B. Kirsner, MD, PhD, a pioneer in advancing knowledge of IBD (1909 - 2012)