We are one of the largest state medical schools in an unparalleled urban location dedicated to promoting excellence in clinical care, advances in cutting edge research and educating future leaders in our speciality.

  • Our expert team of physicians specializes in interventional endoscopy, pancreaticobiliary disease, hereditary GI cancer syndromes, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, esophageal disease, small intestinal failure as well as liver diseases including evaluation for liver and small bowel transplantation
  • Our scientific investigators are conducting innovative fundamental research in critical Gastroenterology and Hepatology diseases to advance knowledge and translate research into clinical practice
  • Our Gastroenterology fellowship program is a fully accredited and in good standing with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We also offer an ACGME accredited Transplant Hepatology fellowship as well as an year of advanced endoscopy training

We encourage you to learn more about our Division through this website and contact us regarding any additional opportunities to provide health care, train and for research collaborations.


  • Prior : Illinois Research and Education
  • 1971 Named University of Illinois Hospital, Don Wilson appointed first Director of GI with 3 part time faculty member. The section chief, Reuven Levitan, was based at the VA. There were 2 trainees.
  • 1972 first external grant was received by Don Wilson.
  • Section grew to six fellows and 3 new faculty; Drs. Stephen Winter, Thomas J. Layden and Juan Engel.


Don Wilson, MD, First Professor, 1973

Thomas J. Layden, MD 1984-2001

Gail Hecht, MD 2001 – 2012

Russell D. Brown, MD and Allan G. Halline, MD; Co-chiefs 2012

Barbara Jung, MD 2013 – 2019

INSTRUCTIONS: In order to add a sidebar anchor:

  1. Duplicate the existing item, listed as a 1/6 text field. (Or create a 1/6 column and add a text field, modify the class so it’s exactly “additionalAnchor”).
  2. Modify the text field inside the 1/6 column. Inside there, modify the HYPERLINK so that it would go to a corresponding section with a “#” in front of it. (Example, we have a “chief” section on the page, then it would make sense to have the hyperlink go to “#chief”)
  3. Then change the hyperlink TEXT to a appropriate label.
  4. IMPORTANT: If not done already, go into that CONTAINER that corresponds to your anchor (i.e. Meet The Chiefs), and add an ID matching the anchor’s HYPERLINK WITHOUT the “#”, i.e. “chief”.
  5. (If using side bar widget box, then there’s a saved copy of a widget box COLUMN, grab it in the column library, it should 1/6 of a length of a column.)

NOTE: Order added to the sidebar is from last to first.