Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, PhD

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Associate Professor of Medicine

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

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Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, PhD, is a gastroenterologist who specializes in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). He also is interested in gastrointestinal endoscopy, microscopic colitis (lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis), colon cancer, fecal transplant for C difficile infection, and clinical trials of novel drugs.

Dr. Sakuraba's research aims to better understand how and why inflammatory bowel disease develops in order to provide more effective treatment options. He is studying the efficacy and safety of several novel drugs designed to treat inflammatory bowel disease.

Medical Education

  • Keio University School of Medicine

Residency

  • Keio University Hospital; Sano Kousei Hospital; Kyousai Tachikawa Hospital

Fellowship

  • University of Chicago Medicine; Keio University Hospital

Other Grad Education

  • PhD, Keio University

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Japanese Society of Internal Medicine
  • Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
  • Japanese Society of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2001

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology (Japan)
  • Internal Medicine (Japan)

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese
IBD and Colorectal Cancer Q&A

People with inflammatory bowel disease have a greater risk for developing colon cancer. David T. Rubin, MD, and Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, PhD, answer questions about IBD-associated colorectal cancer as well as what can be done to decrease this risk.

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