Russell D. Cohen, MD

October 27, 2014

Russell D. Cohen, MD

The head of UCM's renowned Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Russell D. Cohen, MD, FACG, AGAF,shares his personal philosophy of caring for individuals at every stage of life.

Dr. Cohen’s interest in inflammatory bowel disease began during medical school at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York where Burrill Bernard Crohn, MD, was the first to fully describe the disease bearing his name. In the early 1990s, Dr. Cohen came to the University of Chicago Medicine to study under Joseph B. Kirsner, world-renowned gastroenterologist and pioneer researcher on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It was from Dr. Kirsner that he adopted a personal philosophy of caring for patients one at a time.

“I help my patients with IBD get through their senior prom, first job, dating, marriage, children, career and so on,” Dr. Cohen said. “IBD is a recurring condition throughout their lives, so my long-term approach is to help them make medical and surgical decisions based on their individual goals and limitations.”

Dr. Cohen is director of UCM’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center which provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

“We are truly innovative in our delivery of translational and scientific-based medicine,” he said. “Few institutions offer the continuity of care we do. Our IBD specialists personally attend to each patient at every step—from performing colonoscopies and endoscopic procedures to taking care of them in the hospital.”

Dr. Cohen sees patients at 150 E. Huron in downtown Chicago, as well as at the Duchoissois Center for Advanced Medicine in Hyde Park, usually within one to two weeks if required. He can be reached at 773-702-0719 or

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