Digestive Disease Center
The vision of the Medical College of Wisconsin's Digestive Disease Center is to achieve international scientific and lay recognition for leading edge digestive disease research, treatment and educational programs emphasizing novel state-of-the art therapies.
The Center’s goal is to eradicate digestive diseases and their economic impact through research. The unique collaboration of 91 Center physicians, scientists and staff from 14 departments provides a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, research and education in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases.
Collaboration between researchers in the laboratory and physicians in the hospitals and clinics has enhanced the Center’s core programs in:
- Dysphagia (swallowing disorders)
- Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and colitis)
- Pancreaticobiliary diseases (conditions affecting the pancreas and bile ducts)
- Hepatology (conditions affecting the liver) and liver transplantation
- Functional bowel disorders
- Gastrointestinal cancer surveillance and treatment
Many advances – from groundbreaking diagnostic techniques to drug trials and surgical treatments – have been possible because of the dedication and commitment to excellence by the faculty who are at the heart of the Center.
The Digestive Disease Center is supported, in part, through the efforts of the Medical College of Wisconsin Digestive Disease Center Board, the first advisory board of the College. In 1991, a group of community leaders and volunteers came together to help bring awareness and financial support to the Center.
The group assists in raising over $1,000,000 per year through various activities including its two showcase events, the MCW Pro-Am Golf Tournament and the Healthcare Dinner. These funds provide much needed equipment, seed funding for new researchers, bridge funding while grants are renewed, advanced training for physicians and scientists and fellowships for research.