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In Memory of Joseph b. Kirsner - A pioneer in gastroenterology

In his 71 years at the University of Chicago, Dr. Kirsner has helped transform his specialty of gastroenterology from an art into a science. In the late 1930s, Dr. Kirsner turned his attention to the inflammatory bowel diseases.

Dr. Kirsner’s contributions to medicine extend beyond his research in gastroenterology. He helped found The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the Gastroenterology Research Group (American Gastroenterological Association), and the National Foundation for Research in Ulcerative Colitis, among others.


gastro-intestinal Research Foundation

Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation (GIRF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to raise funds to support the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research in order to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases.


Quick Bytes

The University of Chicago Digestive Diseases Center aims to provide videos to engage patients and start discussions among patients, caregivers, families, and physicians. 

Our goal  is not only to provide a source of information, but to continue to educate and discuss with subscribers and viewers. 

Videos are based on the questions of patients and their family, viewers, and physicians as we hope to understand not only the questions and concerns of our community, but to help answer those questions in order to serve our patients, and others, in a more comprehensive and efficacious manner.

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CRohn's and Colitis Foundation

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Beyond research, the Foundation is collaborating with healthcare providers to improve IBD quality of care, as well as educating, supporting, and empowering patients and their caregivers through patient-centric education and advocacy programs. 


Digestive Disease Week

Recognized as one of the top 50 medical meetings by HCEA, Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the world's largest gathering of physicians, researchers and industry in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.