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


Prostate Cancer and IBD: What Men Need to Know featuring DHC Physician and Medical Director Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

Dr. Stephen Hanauer discusses new findings that men with IBD may have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer in comparison to those who do not have IBD.

Oshi Health: 7 Biologic Medication Mistakes You Should Never Make featuring DHC physician Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a term that describes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—two chronic conditions that affect your gastrointestinal tract. If left untreated, you may experience frequent symptom flare ups, irreversible bowel damage, and a host of related health complications. The good news? With today’s treatment landscape, IBD can be successfully treated, and most people with the condition can even achieve remission. Not sticking with your biologic treatment regimen exactly as directed can put you at risk of flares, or tamper with the effectiveness of the medication. “My usual saying is always early, never late—you can take a treatment early, but you can’t miss a treatment or take it late,” says Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, professor of medicine and director of the digestive health center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Ohsi Health: Skipping your Meds Doesn’t Matter and other Myths to Stop Believing featuring DHC physican Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

Biologics are a newer class of drugs for treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and—as with any medication—if you’re prescribed a biologic, it’s important to stick with it. “Biologics are foreign proteins, and when levels of biologics get low, two bad things can happen: One, is that the disease comes back; two, is that your body develops antibodies to help it make the medication less effective or ineffective,” says Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, professor of medicine and director of the digestive health center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “So it’s very important to stay on schedule with biologic therapies to prevent them from losing response.”

Oshi Health: 5 Tricks to Stick with Your Biologic Treatment Schedule featuring DHC physican Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

When you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), following your treatment plan is one of the most important things you can do to achieve and maintain remission. And once you’re in remission, keeping up with your treatment regimen can help you control inflammation and prevent future flares; and ensure the medication maintains its effectiveness. Finding the right medication for you—one that you can keep up with long-term—is the first step. “Go through shared decision making with your doctor to discuss your treatment options,” says Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, professor of medicine and director of the digestive health center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

WTTW: Chicago Tonight – Marijuana is a Psychoactive Drug. But is it Really a Medicine featuring DHC physician Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer

Marijuana laws are changing rapidly, but as of now, adults can use it recreationally in just 10 states. That number more than triples when it comes to medical marijuana, which is legal in 33 states. So which is it: A pleasure drug or a pharmaceutical one? And what difference does that make when it comes to regulating cannabis? Dr. Stephen Hanauer, the medical director of Northwestern Medicine’s digestive health center is about a year into a study, funded by the Digestive Health Foundation, that’s comparing Crohn’s disease patients’ personal evaluations of how they’re feeling with blood and stool samples that can detect intestinal inflammation. The study won’t be compete for another six months, but Hanauer has a hypothesis.“My suspicion, is that it makes the patient feel better, but it doesn’t really change the disease activity,” Hanauer said.

Digestive Health Center Press Conference – Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Chicago Blackhawks announcer and former player, Eddie Olczyk, on his experience overcoming colorectal cancer and why it’s so important to get screened. Digestive Heath Foundation participants included: Sharon Oberlander, DHF Board Member and Secretary, Dr. Stephen Hanauer and Dr. Scott Strong, Science Advisory Council, DHF,  Dr. Rajesh Keswani, DHF Grant Recipient, and Dr. Michael Ruchim, DHF Board Member. 

Chicago Magazine lists Northwestern Medicine physicians and surgeons in their 2018 Top Docs list

Gastroenterology Stephen Hanauer, MD - Inflammatory bowel disease; Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis. Peter Kahrilas, MD - Esophageal and swallowing disorders; GERD. Surgery Scott A. Strong, MD - Colon and rectal cancer; Crohn’s disease; minimally invasive surgery; ulcerative colitis. Steven J. Stryker, MD - Colon and rectal cancer; inflammatory bowel disease; laparoscopic surgery.

Chicago Tribune: Caramels, bath bombs, oils: CBD products are filling store shelves featuring Dr. Stephen Hanauer

But user beware: Cannabinoid receptors are so widely distributed throughout the body that activating one for a certain purpose, say to treat arthritis pain, may activate others and cause unwanted effects. That has caused challenges for pharmaceutical development, according to the research. More valid scientific experiments must be conducted to determine whether and how CBD — and marijuana, for that matter — is effective, said Dr. Stephen Hanauer, medical director of the Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine.

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG Presented with Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG, Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Clifford J. Barborka Professor - Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been awarded the Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). Dr. Hanauer received this prestigious award at the ACG Leadership Dinner in Philadelphia earlier this month.

Do You Have Food Poisoning or the Stomach Flu? Here’s How to Tell Featuring Stephen Hanauer, MD

It’s no secret that winter brings on a slew of sicknesses, from the common cold to bouts of the flu to stomach bugs. But alongside the rise in germy surfaces, another common culprit can wreak havoc on your body: your indulgent holiday spread. If you find yourself throwing up or running to the bathroom this winter, you may wonder what caused it: Was it just something you ate—or are you actually sick?
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


Healio Gastroenterology: Q&A: How three GIs are handling the Zantac recall featuirng DHC physician Dr. John Pandolfino

A week after halting the distribution of Zantac, Sandoz, the drug’s manufacturer, voluntarily recalled several formulations of the heartburn medication ...

Fox News: Woman’s chest pain diagnosed as ‘spiraling esophagus’: What’s that featuring DHC physician Dr. John Pandolfino

An elderly Swiss woman suffering from severe chest pains was diagnosed with a “spiraling” esophagus, according to a Live Science ...

U.S. News: Best Over-the Counter Products for Digestive Problems featuring DHC physician Dr. John E. Pandolfino

Constipation is common and can be caused by a lack of liquid in the GI tract or a diet insufficient ...

Digestive Health Center Press Conference – Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Chicago Blackhawks announcer and former player, Eddie Olczyk, on his experience overcoming colorectal cancer and why it’s so important to ...

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, ...
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


Digestive Health Center Press Conference – Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Chicago Blackhawks announcer and former player, Eddie Olczyk, on his experience overcoming colorectal cancer and why it’s so important to ...

WGN Radio 720 AM: What are the possible signs of colon cancer featuring Dr. Scott Strong

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month! Bill and Wendy welcome Scott A. Strong, MC, Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Northwestern ...

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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