Robert T. Kavitt, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine


Areas of Expertise:

  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Children
  • Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Colon Cancer Prevention


CARES program makes strides to increase colorectal cancer screening in Cook County

Published Tue 3/14/17

In 2015, the University of Chicago Medicine's new Center for Asian Health Equity received a $3.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings in Chicago's Cook County. The grant led to the formation of Cook County CARES (Colorectal Cancer Alliance to Reinforce and Enhance Screening), a partnership between the university and local community health organizations. The partnership's intermediate goals are to achieve a population level of 80 percent CRC screening by 2018 in Cook County by increasing equity and decreasing disparities.


Our orthopaedic surgeons provide advanced treatments for complex and common fractures

Published Wed 11/8/17

The snap, crackle and pop of middle-aged bones is epidemic, said Douglas R. Dirschl, MD, chair of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation medicine at UChicago Medicine.

Meniscus tear is treated with robotic-arm assisted total knee replacement surgery

Published Sat 4/1/17

Michael and Karen Gamperl both needed knee replacements. The husband and wife from Homer Glen, Ill., had been seeing University of Chicago Medicine orthopaedic surgeon, Sherwin Ho, MD, for treatment of knee pain related to meniscus tears and arthritis for several years. "Over time, we had arthroscopic surgery, gene therapy and cortisone injections," said Karen, "but we both got to the point that knee replacement surgery was the next best option for relieving the pain." Ho referred the couple to colleague Hue Luu, MD, an expert in knee and hip replacement.


Pediatric cancer data commons aims to accelerate research

Published Tue 2/13/18

UChicago researchers are hoping to speed up technological advances in pediatric cancer research by creating a comprehensive data platform that centralizes data and makes it easily accessible to the entire research community.


Sports medicine expert helps baseball player prevent long-term elbow and shoulder injury

Published Sat 7/1/17

It was the second game of a double header and Brandon Kelly was 15 pitches in. The pitcher got the sign from the catcher and delivered a side arm slider. "My elbow popped and my arm just 'fell,'" said Brandon, 14, who was pitching for a Marian Catholic High School baseball game in April when he was injured.


Pacemaker regulates heart rate so patient can continue swimming

Published Tue 11/7/17

In August 1961, at age 33, Ted Erikson set an open-water distance record. He swam 43 miles, from Chicago to Michigan City, Indiana, in 36 hours.


Courage and innovation: Celebrating heart transplantation gala

Published Fri 3/9/18

More than 400 people, including 120 heart transplant recipients, gathered at the Museum of Science and Industry in late February to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first successful human heart transplant.


How medical scribes may change your regular check-up

Published Tue 7/17/18

UChicago Medicine researchers make a case for medical scribes to take a more prevalent role in general medicine visits.


Spring Exercise: How to prevent injuries and stay safe after a winter inside

Published Fri 3/23/18

Sports medicine specialist Leonardo Oliveira, MD, shares his best advice to stay safe during springtime exercise following a long winter hiatus.