Why haven’t we cured inflammatory bowel disease?

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David Rubin, MD, Section Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Chicago Medicine (left) and Russell Cohen, MD, Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at UChicago Medicine (right) (Photo: Jean Lachat) David Rubin, MD, Section Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Chicago Medicine (left) and Russell Cohen, MD, Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at UChicago Medicine (right) (Photo: Jean Lachat)

David Rubin, MD, recently hosted an information session for patients titled, “Why haven’t we cured Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis?” Rubin, who is Section Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Chicago Medicine, co-hosted the session with Russell Cohen, MD, Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at UChicago Medicine. He said the idea for their session came from a similar question asked by a patient years ago.

“I gave a lecture to patients about managing inflammatory bowel disease. Someone came up to me afterwards and said, ‘Dr. Rubin, that was a great lecture, but you never once mentioned a cure. We want to hear about cures,’” he said. “That…

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