Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Can Be Challenging

Our team offers monthly support groups as a resource to bring together patients facing these chronic diseases. As leaders in the field, we also provide ongoing educational programming to help both patients and medical professionals better manage IBD.

Monthly IBD Support Group

We host a monthly support group for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and their families. Meetings are held at our downtown location on the 9th floor. Support group events are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted. We validate parking at that location.

Patient Advisory Board

A patient advisory board engages our patients as our partners in the science and delivery of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis treatment. This is an effort to receive feedback of IBD patients to improve patient experience at the University of Chicago Medicine. Please contact us at if you are interested in participating.

Educational Events for Patients & Families

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center offers events throughout the year. Check back frequently for more information.

Breakthrough Series on IBD

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis in 2019: New Treatment Options and the Search for a Cure
Our educational seminar will be presented by David T. Rubin, MD; Russell D. Cohen, MD; and the IBD Center team. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
7 - 9 p.m CDT

Delta Marriott Hotel
1400 Milwaukee Ave
Glenview, IL 60025

Register online for September's event
To register by phone, please call 1-888-824-0200.

Save the date for our winter event! - February 5, 2020
Homewood Suites Orland Park

IBD Education for Physicians & Nurses

Created in 2008, IBD University provides training and educational programs taught by the inflammatory bowel disease experts at the University of Chicago Medicine. IBD-U™ offers:

  • Advanced fellowship programs
  • Customized industry education programs
  • Patient education
  • Programs for physicians and allied health care professionals
  • Programs for visiting clinical observers and postdoctoral scholars
  • Training for medical students, residents and fellows

IBD Specialty Programs

Our Transitional IBD Clinic — one of the few in the country — is designed to meet the unique needs of teens and young adults ages 15 to 22. The clinic is a bridge between pediatric and adult care that provides the tools and support that our young adult patients need in order to take a more active role in IBD management. For patients who attend out-of-state college, we help identify a local physician with whom we can partner to provide ongoing care.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can affect women differently than men. Our new comprehensive Fertility, Pregnancy and Sexual Function Program for women with inflammatory bowel disease brings together specialists from a variety of disciplines, including obstetrics and gynecology and gastroenterology, to address these challenges. We focus on helping women manage their disease before, during and after pregnancy.

Dr Russell Cohen, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

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To learn more about our programs and events, please call 773-702-6073 or email and ask to be added to our mailing list.

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