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


MD Magazine: ACG Guidelines for NSAID Prescription & Setting Diagnosis featuring Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, discusses the rationale for identifying low-risk progression in patients and whether tests should be administered for fecal calprotectin to differentiate the presence of inflammatory bowel disease, according to the American College of Gastroenterology guidelines.

ACG Blog-Distinguished Career: Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer, 2018 Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Awardee

ACG Past President Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer is this year’s Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Awardee for his significant and distinguished contributions to clinical gastroenterology. This annual award recognizes not only clinical excellence, but also contributions in patient care, clinical science, clinical education, technological innovation, and public and community service.

Women’s Health: I Got My Poop Tested – Here’s What It Told Me About My Health featuring DHC physicians Dr. Stephen Hanauer and Dr. Emanuelle Bellaguarda

I think we can all unanimously agree that, while doctors are totally necessary, doctors' appointments can seriously be a PIA. Let's take my own health, for example: I've been having some—er, plumbing—issues for a while now (okay, fine, I've had 'em forever). To put it bluntly: I poop a lot (three to four times a day) and it's very soft—sometimes even liquid. (In retrospect, I should have seen a doctor way before this point. Hindsight is 20/20.) So, when I heard about SmartGut, an at-home test by a company called uBiome that promises to test your microbiome (a.k.a., that colony of microbes living inside your gut right now) through a stool sample, I decided to try it.

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.

Chicago Tribune: Digestive Health Foundation honors ‘power couple’ at record-breaking gala

The Digestive Health Foundation (DHF) hosted its third annual gala June 9 at the Four Seasons Chicago. More than 400 guests attended, raising a record-breaking $2.41 million to support the foundation’s cutting edge research and education to prevent and cure digestive disorders for patients and families at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center.

WTTW: Chicago Tonight – Northwestern’s Tissue Bank (DHF BioRepository) Breaking Ground on Digestive Diseases

The tissue bank, known formally as the Digestive Health Foundation BioRepository, stores blood and tissues samples from patients and their family members who suffer from any digestive disorder treated at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center. Researchers there will use those tissue samples to generate more knowledge around gastrointestinal diseases and to develop new treatment options for these diseases, which affect around 60 to 70 million Americans each year. The tissue bank is being funded in part by the Digestive Health Foundation, Northwestern University and other sources.

Healio Gastroenterology: Optimizing IBD therapies may depend on positioning, dosing, targeting new pathways with Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

Given the numerous biologic pathways targeted by inflammation, the future development of new therapies for inflammatory bowel disease will need to focus on optimizing outcomes, and on individual patient and disease features, according to a presentation given at the Interdisciplinary Autoimmune Summit by Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, medical director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine.

Consultant 360 – Treating IBD: Disease Activity versus Severity featuring Dr. Stephen Hanauer

Distinguishing between disease activity and disease severity is an important component of treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), said Stephen Hanauer, MD, Clifford Joseph Barborka professor of medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and medical director of the Digestive Health Center in Chicago, Illinois

Facebook Live Featuring a Q&A with DHC Surgeon Steven A. Strong and DHC Physician Stephen B. Hanauer

In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center conducted a Facebook Live Q&A session with our Digestive Health Center Surgical Director, Dr. Scott A. Strong and Medical Director, Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer on Friday, March 23 at 1:30 pm.

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.

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


AARP: From Gluten Free to Peppermint Oil: Boost Your Health Tips Knowledge

Discover fads, fails and legitimate fixes that can help you live longer and better. Based on interviews dozens of doctors ...

Wall Street Journal: A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis featuring Digestive Health Foundation grantee Sarah Quinton

Major hospitals are finding hypnotherapy can help sufferers of digestive conditions like heartburn, colitis, acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome ...

Feinberg Faculty Inducted Into Prominent Medical Organizations: Dr. John Pandolfino, American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)

John Pandolfino, MD, ’97 GME, ’01 GME, ’05 MSCI, chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Hans Popper Professor, was ...

NBC Chicago: Dr. John Pandolfino Helps Kids Stay Off the Street Through Boxing

A Chicago doctor is making a difference in the hospital and in the boxing ring, where he started a club ...

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


U.S. News: A Patient’s Guide to Colon Cancer featuring DHC surgeon Dr. Scott Strong

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in the United ...

Prevention: 5 Colon Cancer Symptoms You Should Know—Even if You’re Young featuring Dr. Scott Strong

Last year, a sobering new study from American Cancer Society revealed colorectal cancer (colon cancer and rectal cancer) rates had ...

Facebook Live Featuring a Q&A with DHC Surgeon Steven A. Strong and DHC Physician Stephen B. Hanauer

In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center conducted a Facebook Live Q&A session with our ...

U.S. News Health: A Patient’s Guide to Colon Cancer features DHC Surgical Director Dr. Scott Strong

Eating a diet high in red meat, such as beef, lamb or pork and some luncheon meats, increases the risk ...

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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