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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.
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.
Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the small intestines.Learn more about Crohn's disease
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine (the colon and rectum).Learn more about ulcerative colitis
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
In addition to providing diagnostic services, our IBD specialists partner with referring physicians to create individualized treatment plans for each patient.Refer an IBD Patient
We are committed to providing the highest caliber of care to patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases.
Outstanding patient care is at the center of everything we do. We provide nutritional counseling to help patients decrease the effects of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis and offer minimally invasive approaches for complex surgeries to reduce pain, scarring and recovery times. Our unique, comprehensive programs include the Transitional IBD Clinic for Teenagers and Young Adults as well as a Fertility, Pregnancy and Sexual Function Program.
Our contributions to the field of inflammatory bowel disease began with the late Joseph Kirsner, MD, PhD, a member of the University of Chicago faculty for more than 75 years. Dr. Kirsner transformed the field of gastroenterology and was instrumental in advancing knowledge of inflammatory bowel disease. Throughout his career, he researched possible causes and effects of IBD. He established a new standard of patient care and pioneered new treatment options. Our team continues to be inspired by Dr. Kirsner's legacy as we work to advance research and innovation in inflammatory bowel disease.
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our gastrointestinal disorders program among the best in the nation.
As part of a comprehensive digestive diseases center, we have the most advanced diagnostic tools available. The IBD Center has its own inpatient wing — the only one of its kind in the region — located in UChicago Medicine’s state-of-the art hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery. This dedicated space allows us to bring our experts together to treat patients in the most effective and efficient way.
As an academic medical center, the University of Chicago Medicine is dedicated to educating patients and training physicians to be leaders in their field. We offer patient seminars to help individuals make informed and proactive choices about their care. We also host support groups throughout the year. Through our innovative IBD-U™ program, we provide customized educational programs for patients, medical students and residents, physicians and allied health care professionals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Right: Joseph B. Kirsner, MD, PhD, a pioneer in advancing knowledge of IBD (1909 - 2012)