Discovering New Approaches to the Greatest Medical Challenges

At the University of Chicago Medicine's Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics (CERT), we are pioneering new techniques and tools to advance the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions, including Barrett's esophagus, esophageal cancer, biliary disorders, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and colon cancer.

Our practice is shaped by an ongoing commitment to discovery and innovation in gastrointestinal interventional endoscopy. We strive to integrate state-of-the-art clinical care with leading-edge research, which helps us continually discover new approaches to the greatest medical challenges.

Research Programs

As a leader in endoscopic research, our physician-scientists are involved in the development of laboratory research programs and clinical trials. We collaborate with our clinical partners in surgery, pathology and oncology to establish new standards of care. We routinely use confocal laser endomicroscopy, which is a tool for real-time imaging of the GI tract. This gives us a detailed picture of internal organs and, in turn, allows us to better care for Barrett's esophagus, pancreatic cysts and indeterminate strictures of the bile duct. In addition, we sample blood from the portal vein to capture circulating tumor cells. We investigate these circulating tumor cells to explore more information about pancreatic cancer and to develop better strategies for therapy.

Clinical Studies and Trials

At the Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics, we commit to innovation and learning through our participation in clinical trials. Our studies range from pilot and feasibility studies on novel technologies to randomized, multi-center clinical trials. With more ongoing clinical trials than any other hospital in Illinois, we give our patients access to novel treatments and therapies that often aren't available elsewhere.

A few goals of our current multi-center clinical trials include:

  • Improving detection of precancerous cells in Barrett's esophagus
  • Optimizing resection of large colon polyps
  • Improving drainage methods for the treatment of fluid collections

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Our team partners with referring physicians to make sure every patient receives the best, most expedient care possible.

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Advanced Endoscopic Fellowship

Our fellowship provides broad practical and scholarly exposure to clinical problems relating to GI oncology and advanced endoscopic techniques.

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Research & Clinical Trials

We integrate delivery of state-of-the-art clinical care with research, which helps us discover new approaches to the greatest medical challenges.

Research & Clinical Trials

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