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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is dedicated to clinical practice, research and education in esophageal and motility disorders, including achalasia, dysphagia and GERD.

The division has a robust clinical practice that resides within our new Digestive Health Center … a true collaborative effort.”

– John Pandolfino, MD

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Faculty: Meet the Team

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Darren M Brenner

Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) and Surgery

Gastrointestinal motility disorders and pelvic floor disorders including but not limited to Constipation/Fecal Incontinence/Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Dyspepsia/Gastroparesis/Opioid related bowel dysfunction as well as complications of systemic motility disorders with an emphasis on Scleroderma.

Emanuelle A Bellaguarda

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), therapeutic drug monitoring, clinical trials

Stephen B Hanauer

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Srinadh Komanduri

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) and Surgery (Gastrointestinal)

Dr. Komanduri is an internationally recognized expert in advanced endoscopy and Barrett's esophagus. He serves as the Medical Director for the GI Lab and Director of Interventional Endoscopy. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts in Gastroenterology and serves as the course director for one of the largest endoscopy courses in the country, Chicago Live. Dr. Komanduri is co-chair for the American Gastorenterological Association's Center for GI Innovation and Technology and is on the forefront of new innovation in the field. He also works extensively for the American Society of Gast...

Christian G Stevoff

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

General gastroenterology

Rajesh N Keswani

Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Rajesh N. Keswani, MD, MS, is a gastroenterologist and nationally-recognized expert in interventional endoscopy who leads efforts to improve healthcare quality. He is the Medical Director of Quality for the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. Nationally, he informs clinical practice guidelines and endoscopy training standards by serving on committees of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association, and National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Dr. Keswani earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Boston University, finished resid...

Ikuo Hirano

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Dr. Hirano is Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended college at Yale University, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his medical residency and GI fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He took a faculty position at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center and Harvard Medical School working in esophageal swallowing physiology before coming to Northwestern in 1998. He is currently serving as Vice-Chair for the American Gastroenterological Association’s Esophageal, Gastric and Duodenal (EGD) section, site principal inv...

Lisa B VanWagner

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

Dr. VanWagner is board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Transplant Hepatology and holds active medical licensure in the state of Illinois. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2007. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL in 2010 and then served as Chief Medical Resident from 2010-2011. She also obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Investigation from the Northwestern University Graduate School in 2011. Dr. VanWagner ...

David M Shapiro

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

I perform primary and secondary endoscopic (non-surgical) therapies for obesity, including placement of the Orbera gastric balloon, the Aspire Assist device and endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. I also perform gastro-jejunal outlet reduction for weight regain after bariatric surgery. I have also been trained to use the EsophyX device (TIF procedure) as a minimally invasive (non-surgical) treatment for GERD. I am also interested in endoscopic treatment of post-surgical complications and endoscopic suturing.

Richard Green

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Hepatology (liver)

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