Digestive Health Foundation Raises $1.8 Million at 2022 Gala Honoring Hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Olczyk

The 2022 Digestive Health Foundation Gala raised more than $1.8 million for medical research at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center to improve quality of life for individuals with digestive disease  and their families. Honoring Olympian, NHL player, coach, broadcaster and colon cancer survivor Eddie Olczyk for his work in promoting early colon cancer screening, the June 4 event at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago brought the amount raised by DHF since its inception in 2015 to nearly $18 million. The evening featured a moving testimonial by Olczyk and giveaways of his book, Eddie Olcyzk:  Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life, to each of the more than 400 attendees. Other highlights included a video featuring 11-year-old Grace Bowyer, who lost her mother to colon cancer and is making and selling bracelets to raise money to support research into the disease. Chicago TV and radio personality David Kaplan, who broadcasts on NBC Sports Chicago and ESPN 1000, emceed the event. Live auction highlights included once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Olczyk and the Chicago Blackhawks, an NCAA Final Four and Championship experience, a private in-home dinner with master sushi chef Kaze Chan, and a VIP experience at the 2022 American Music Awards. Silent auction and raffle items included luxury trips to the British Virgin Islands, Los Cabos, Big Sur, Turks & Caicos, and more. Music was provided by the TVK Orchestra. Funds raised will be used to support studies by the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center’s world-class physician scientists as well as groundbreaking initiatives including the first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics Project, which is improving the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases; the Digestive Health Foundation BioRepository, a blood and tissue bank used...
The Michael A. Ruchim, MD, Fellowship Director in Digestive Health

The Michael A. Ruchim, MD, Fellowship Director in Digestive Health

Northwestern Medicine has recently created the Michael A. Ruchim, MD, Fellowship Director in Digestive Health position in honor of Dr. Ruchim and his years of dedication to the health and care of his patients and their families. The directorship was awarded with an endowment of $5.25 million to support the ongoing costs of training and educating future digestive health clinicians as well as the salary of the medical director overseeing the Northwestern Medicine Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program. The Northwestern Medicine Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship is a rigorous, three-year educational training program for physicians who wish to become specialists in the field of digestive health. The application process is extremely competitive and typically only four fellows are accepted each year. Participants work closely with experienced doctors and scientists at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center and are exposed to highly innovative clinical studies and research. In the past five years, 75% of fellows have successfully pursued academic careers. Leila Kia, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern Medicine, will serve as the Michael A. Ruchim, MD, Fellowship Director in Digestive Health and will guide the fellows throughout their training to ensure that they are ready to treat a variety of acute digestive issues with leading-edge care. Dr. Ruchim and John Pandolfino, MD, the chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Northwestern Medicine, will continue to provide integral leadership and will collaborate with the fellows and fellowship directors to determine what subspecialties and additional research will be supported through the endowment. During his career at Northwestern Medicine, Dr. Ruchim has participated in the training of over 75 gastroenterology fellows and over...