Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Can Be Challenging
Our team offers monthly support groups as a resource to bring together patients facing these chronic diseases. As leaders in the field, we also provide ongoing educational programming to help both patients and medical professionals better manage IBD.
Monthly IBD Support Group
We host a monthly support group for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and their families. Support group events are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our support group will be hosted online until further notice. Please contact us for more information.
Patient Advisory Board
A patient advisory board engages our patients as our partners in the science and delivery of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis treatment. This is an effort to receive feedback of IBD patients to improve patient experience at the University of Chicago Medicine. Please email email@example.com for more information if you are interested in participating.
Educational Events for Patients & Families
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center offers events throughout the year. Check back frequently for more information.
At the Forefront of IBD: The Latest Updates in Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Wednesday, July 27th from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
3500 Midwest Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Food and drinks will be provided.
Watch video recordings of our past online educational webinars with live presentations and Q&As with our IBD experts.
- New Approaches to IBD Treatment in 2022 with Dr. David T. Rubin (February 2022)
- Mental Health and IBD with Alyse Bedell, PhD (February 2022)
- Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: Diet and Nutrition with Dr. Russell Cohen and Courtney Schuchmann, MS, RD, LDN (November 2021)
- The Next Wave of IBD Treatments with Dr. Russell Cohen (July 2021)
- COVID-19 Update for Patients With IBD with Dr. David Rubin (July 2021)
These presentations were generously supported by an educational grant from AbbVie with additional funding from the GI Research Foundation
IBD Education for Physicians & Nurses
Created in 2008, IBD University provides training and educational programs taught by the inflammatory bowel disease experts at the University of Chicago Medicine. IBD-U™ offers:
- Advanced fellowship programs
- Customized industry education programs
- Patient education
- Programs for physicians and allied health care professionals
- Programs for visiting clinical observers and postdoctoral scholars
- Training for medical students, residents and fellows
IBD Specialty Programs
Our Transitional IBD Clinic — one of the few in the country — is designed to meet the unique needs of teens and young adults ages 15 to 22. The clinic is a bridge between pediatric and adult care that provides the tools and support that our young adult patients need in order to take a more active role in IBD management. For patients who attend out-of-state college, we help identify a local physician with whom we can partner to provide ongoing care.
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can affect women differently than men. Our new comprehensive Fertility, Pregnancy and Sexual Function Program for women with inflammatory bowel disease brings together specialists from a variety of disciplines, including obstetrics and gynecology and gastroenterology, to address these challenges. We focus on helping women manage their disease before, during and after pregnancy.