Since 2015, DHF has raised over $3 million and has funded 21 cutting-edge research studies that are changing the future of digestive health.

The Northbrook Tower: Third annual digestive health gala raises record-breaking amount

On June 9, $2.41 million was raised at the 2018 Digestive Health Foundation Gala to help transform digestive disease into digestive health for patients and families at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. More than 400 guests attended the Digestive Health Foundation’s benefit, honoring Dr. Steven J. Stryker, an attending colon and rectal surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Professor of Clinical Surgery in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and his wife, Andréa J. Schwartz, VP of Media Relations for Macy’s, U.S.

AARP: When Heartburn is Linked to Cancer featuring thoracic surgeon David Odell

Esophageal adenocarcinoma — cancer of the lining of the soft tube that delivers food and drink from the mouth to the stomach — has increased sevenfold since the early 1970s. It’s one of the fastest-growing issues we have in our population,” says David Odell, assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, thoracic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and lead investigator on a study of esophageal cancer funded by the American Cancer Society.

Chicago Splash: Digestive Health Foundation’s Gala

More than 400 guests came together June 9 — for dinner, dancing and music by TVK Orchestra — in support of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center (259 E. Erie). Emceed by local media power couple Mary Ann Childers and Jay Levine and honoring Dr. Steven J. Stryker and his wife, Andréa Schwartz, the event raised a record $2.41 million, which will go toward relief for the 60 to 70 million Americans dealing with digestive conditions.

NM Connections: Digestive Health Foundation Gala Raises $2.41 Million

With more than 400 guests in attendance, the Digestive Health Foundation at Northwestern Medicine recently hosted its third annual Gala to benefit patients at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. The Gala raised a remarkable $2.41 million toward helping to transform digestive disease into digestive health.

Our investments in groundbreaking medical research are already changing lives. From software that empowers adolescents in their transition to adult care to an innovative esophageal endoscopy technique, our exciting research is making a difference for patients and families living with digestive disease. Read more HERE.

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Dr. Hanauer is Immediate Past President of the American College of Gastroenterology and founding co-director of the Digestive Health Center.

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD

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Dr. John Pandolfino is a Professor of Medicine, as well as Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Northwestern Medicine.

John E. Pandolfino, MD

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Dr. Strong is founding co-director of the Digestive Health Center. His practice focuses on colon and rectal cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and minimally invasive surgery.

Scott A. Strong, MD

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