Science Advisory Council

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD

Clifford Joseph Barborka Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Medical Director, Digestive Health Center
Northwestern Medicine

Dr. Hanauer is President of the American College of Gastroenterology.  He completed a medical degree, with honors, at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His postdoctoral training included an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a fellowship in gastroenterology, at the University of Chicago.  He rose through academic ranks to become Professor of Medicine and subsequently was awarded the Joseph B. Kirsner Chair in Medicine and was designated Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition where he served from 2000-2014.  He was recruited as the Medical Director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine and is Clifford Joseph Barborka Professor of Medicine in the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Hanauer is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology, respectively. He holds membership in several professional societies and is a Fellow of American Gastroenterological Association,  the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians.  In connection with the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), Dr. Hanauer served as chair for the Inflammation, Immunology, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Section and the Clinical Practice Section and  subsequently served as Councilor for Clinical Research on the AGA Governing Board. He is a prior member of the Specialty Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Among his many honors, Dr. Hanauer received the AGA Fiterman Foundation Joseph B. Kirsner Award in Gastroenterology in 2001 and the Janssen Award for Clinical Excellence in 2004.  He has served as a Member and Chair of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel for Gastrointestinal Disorders and is a member and former-Chairman of the International Organization for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Dr. Hanauer has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters, abstracts, monographs, and editorials.  Dr. Hanauer is ex-Editor-in-Chief of Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology & Hepatology and currently serves as Associate Editor (IBD) of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is also a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals, including the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.


Dr. Hanauer’s Research


Stomach, digestive system health: What’s your gut telling you?

If your digestive tract is healthy, you generally feel better. Researchers and physicians for years have been touting the importance of good gut health to a person’s overall well-being. Those with less than optimum gut health know there’s truth to the assessment. Case in point: A lettuce leaf can bring Danny Bernstein to his knees in excruciating stomach pain. A piece of broccoli can send him to the hospital.

Digestive Disease Insights from Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center

"Since I left the University of Chicago in 2014 to join Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center (NMDHC), I’ve had an incredible time building our programs aimed at transforming digestive disease into digestive health." -Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, Medical Director, NMDHC

Today Quotes Dr. Stephen Hanauer on 7 types of abdominal pain you shouldn’t ignore

"When we go to sleep, our intestines go to sleep. Further, our brains usually turn off many pain signals while we sleep. So if the pain is bad enough to wake us up, that's concerning." Dr. Stephen Hanauer, Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center.

Chicago Magazine selects DHC Physicians Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer and Dr. Peter Kahrilas in their 2018 Top Docs List

Each year, Chicago Magazine selects the top physicians that have been endorsed by their peers as the best in the six-county metro area.  This year two DHC Physicians were selected for Gastroenterology: Stephen B. Hanauer, MD specializes in Inflammatory bowel disease; Crohn's disease; and ulcerative colitis; and Peter J. Kahrilas, MD specializes in Esophageal and swallowing disorders; and GERD.

7 Crohn’s Management Tips for Seniors

As you get older, your strategies for managing Crohn’s disease may need to change — especially if you’re managing multiple health conditions.

Strength in Numbers: Multidisciplinary teamwork saves patient’s life

The rare catastrophic medical event often has no playbook. A medical center able to rapidly deploy the best minds to

Hanauer discusses importance of early positioning, head-to-head trials of IBD therapies

In this video exclusive, Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, and co-chair of AIBD 2016, discusses his presentation on where new IBD therapies will fit within clinical practice in the future.

Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer shares progress in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Digestive Disease Week 2016

Dr. Hanauer presents new and improved treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease to an international audience at Digestive Disease Week 2016 in San Diego, CA. Download the PDF HERE.

Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer publishes research on targeting immune cell trafficking in ulcerative colitis

Phase II clinical trial for drug, Ozanimod, shows efficacy in stopping self-attacking immune cells from traveling to the colon in Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. CLICK HERE for more information.

12 recent developments in IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease continues to be a topic of interest to Healio Gastroenterology readers, especially in recent weeks. In light

John E. Pandolfino, MD

John E. Pandolfino, MD

Hans Popper Professor
Professor in Medicine-Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Northwestern University

Dr. Pandolfino is the Hans Popper Professor of Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.  His career has focused primarily on studying the biomechanics of bolus transport and gastrointestinal motility as it pertains to gastroesophageal reflux and swallowing disorders.  He has an active physiology lab and currently is funded by the National Institutes of Health to study GERD and Dysphagia pathogenesis, and also receives funding from industry focused on the development of new technologies to investigate and treat gastrointestinal disorders.

Dr. Pandolfino also maintains a strong clinical practice focused on complicated esophageal diseases.  He developed the Esophageal Center at Northwestern Medicine, which serves as the nation’s top referral center for complicated esophageal diseases, such as achalasia, eosinophilic esophagitis and refractory GERD.  He has authored numerous guidelines and position statements on the management of these disorders and has published more than 200 scientific papers focused on gastrointestinal motility and esophageal diseases.  He is active in multiple professional organizations and has a strong commitment to the editorial process, serving as Editor in Chief of Diseases of the Esophagus and as a member of the editorial board of multiple high-level Gastroenterology and Hepatology journals.


Dr. Pandolfino’s Research


How Long Does It Actually Take to Get Food Poisoning From a Sketchy Meal?

You're not in the clear even after a few days have passed. "The signs and symptoms are usually abdominal cramps, ...

Physicians Spotlight: 5 Questions with John Erik Pandolfino, MD

Boxing mentor for inner-city youth. Pizza lover. Leading esophageal specialist. Get to know DHF Scientific Advisory Council member, John Pandolfino, ...

How to Avoid Pooping During a Race

Ease stomach troubles and make that midrun potty break a thing of the past. Taper Your Fat and Fiber Intake ...

September is Achalasia Awareness Month!

September is Achalasia Awareness Month, and the Digestive Health Foundation is committed to a brighter future for achalasia patients and ...

Is There a Best Time of Day to Poop?

Because you know you've wondered it before ...

Scott A. Strong, MD

Scott A. Strong, MD

Digestive Health Center, Northwestern Medicine

James R. Hines, MD, Professor of Surgery
Professor in Surgery-Gastrointestinal and Endocrine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Chief, Division of Surgery-Surgical Oncology
Chief, Division of Surgery-Gastrointestinal and Endocrine
Northwestern Medicine

Dr. Strong’s practice involves the operative treatment of disorders affecting the small bowel, colon, rectum and anus. He has a particular interest in the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), colorectal cancer, and diverticulitis using minimally invasive and sphincter-sparing techniques. He also has extensive experience with re-operative colorectal surgery for complications and recurrent disease.

Dr. Strong received his MD from the University of Iowa (1985). His training included an internship at Michigan State University in General Surgery (1986); a residency at Michigan State University in General Surgery (1990); and an additional residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Colorectal Surgery (1992).

Dr. Strong’s primary interests are colon and rectal cancer; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; and minimally invasive surgery.


Dr. Strong’s Research


Chicago Magazine selects DHC Surgeon Dr. Scott A. Strong in their 2018 Top Docs List

Each year, Chicago Magazine selects the top surgeons that have been endorsed by their peers as the best in the ...

Strength in Numbers: Multidisciplinary teamwork saves patient’s life

The rare catastrophic medical event often has no playbook. A medical center able to rapidly deploy the best minds to ...

5 Diseases You’re Never ‘Too Young’ to Get

We all know that your risk of chronic disease tends to increase as you age. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ...

These diet changes may reduce risk of colon cancer

Can changing your diet reduce your risk of colorectal cancer? Dr. Scott Strong, surgical director of Northwestern Medicine's Digestive Health ...

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