What is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine whereby the digestive system and its disorders are studied. Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the organs from mouth to anus, along the alimentary canal, are the focus of this specialty. Physicians practicing in this field of medicine are called gastroenterologists.

Why should I see a Gastroenterologist?

You would visit a Gastroenterologist for early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention for diseases of the Digestive System such as GERD, Ulcers, Gallstones, Liver Disease, Hepatitis, Chron's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diarrhea, Constipation, Hemmorrhoids, and Cancers of the Digestive System.



Our Mission Statement:

Our goal is to establish and maintain an atmosphere of caring, and professionalism, reducing the worry of each patient in our care.

  • We function efficiently as a team, with an excellent level of diagnostic and procedural expertise/
  • We care about our community's health care needs, offering access to medical care for all members of our community.
  • We are actively involved in promoting medical progress through education, research, and the application of new ideas within our specialty.


Can Colorectal Cancer be Prevented?

Even though we don't know the exact cause of most colorectal cancers, it is possible to prevent many of them. Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Screening is the process of looking for cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease.

Did you know that colorectal cancer is over 90% preventable through regular screenings and that colorectal cancer is over 90% curable if detected early?




When Should I Schedule a Screening of my Colon?

People who have no identified risk factors (other than age) should begin regular screening at age 50. Those who have a family history or other risk factors for colorectal polyps or cancer, such as inflammatory bowel disease, should talk with their doctor about starting screening at a younger age and/or getting screened more frequently.

From the time the first abnormal cells start to grow into polyps, it usually takes about 10 to 15 years for them to develop into colorectal cancer. Regular screening can, in many cases, prevent colorectal cancer altogether. This is because most polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer. Screening can also result in finding colorectal cancer early, when it is highly curable.


Dr Jeffrey JacobsDr. Jeffrey Jacobs

Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He has extensive experience and training in all aspects of gastroenterology including therapeutic endoscopy. He has medical staff privileges at NorthShore University Health System, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Condell Hospital. He holds an academic appointment at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is president and CEO of the Glen Endoscopy Center and is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterology Association. Dr. Jacobs sees patients in Glenview and Skokie.


Improve the quality of your life

It's common to take our digestive systems for granted, but they don't always work the way we'd like. Heartburn and acid reflux often follow and ruin our enjoyment of meals, and painful hemorrhoids can making even the simple of act of sitting unpleasant. Gas, bloating and abdominal distention plague many of people with IBS. Diarrhea or constipation can truly affect our everyday lives. We can diagnose and treat many of these cases and help you return to a full enjoyment of life.

Why we are unique

Digestive Disease Associates of the North Shore's goal is to provide you with the highest quality endoscopic services and cost-efficient healthcare in a comfortable and safe environment. We support safe, quality patient care by using a collaborative team approach between the patient, the patient's family, physicians and staff. Our office staff is helpful and compassionate, with two main priorities: you and your procedure. At Digestive Disease Associates the patient is number one.

Schedule an appointment

Is something curently bothering you that we can help you with? We can answer all your questions, coordinate care with your current physicians, and help you accomplish your goals. Call today to schedule an appointment with our staff by calling 847-486-9610. Appointments are available at our clinics in Glenview and Skokie. Remember the best way to prevent colon cancer is through regular screenings. Colon cancer is over 90% preventable if you make that commitment.