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

View individual profiles of our faculty members and learn about their research and clinical specialties.

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...

John Pandolfino

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Esophageal Disorders, Swallowing Disorders, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Maria Rosario Ferreira

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at Northwestern

Emanuelle A Bellaguarda

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

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

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...

Josh Levitsky

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Medical Education and Surgery (Organ Transplantation)

Liver transplantation, immunosuppression, biomarkers of rejection and chronic kidney disease in liver recipients, immunological tolerance

Peter Kahrilas

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Esophageal disorders, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Swallowing disorders

Darren M Brenner

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.

Greg S Cohen

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Dr. Cohen practices General Gastroenterology with additional special focuses on Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and non surgical treatment of hemorrhoids. Dr. Cohen is originally from Potomac, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate work at Cornell University and medical school at the University of Maryland. Dr. Cohen moved to Chicago in 1998 where he completed his residency at Northwestern followed by a 4 year combined clinical and research GI fellowship under an NIH training grant at the University of Chicago. He has been in practice at Northwestern since 2005. Dr. Cohen is board certi...

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.

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