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Board Spotlight: Kathy Shafer When Kathy Shafer’s daughter Sydney was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 14, Kathy was shocked. Her family had no history of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Kathy and her husband Tom navigated Sydney’s diagnosis with urgency—identifying the right specialists, researching treatments, and managing her care. Sydney struggled with severe Crohn’s disease…

Your Choice Soup In January, many people recommit to eating better and making healthier choices for the new year. Dietitian Courtney Schuchmann (Instagram: @caschuc) helps keep her patients’ nutritional goals on track with one of her go-to recipes, a super simple, customizable soup that can be made in a crock pot, instant pot or stove…

Fatty liver disease: Diagnosis, prevention, and treatment with Sonali Paul, MD By Anna Gomberg Fatty liver disease affects 25% of the US and global population. Over time, it can lead to inflammation in the liver or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) one of the most severe forms of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease…

“It’s easy, it’s simple, and it works.” Balloon endoscopic treatment for weight loss with Hillarey Rendleman By Anna Gomberg Before she had kids, Hillarey Rendleman, Chicago Public Schools teacher and counselor, never had a problem with maintaining a healthy weight for her athletic, size six frame. However, after she gained 60 pounds during each of…

For the Waldeck’s, it is personal, and a little bit serendipitous. In 2002, during a business meeting with a former Board Member, Mark Waldeck noticed a plaque commemorating the support of David T. Rubin, MD, the GI Research Foundation’s lead Scientific Advisor. For Mark, this was more than a coincidence. A few years earlier, Dr….

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