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Intestinal failure resulting from short bowel, dysmotility or malabsorptive syndromes is frequently managed with intravenous feeding called Parenteral Nutrition (PN). It is estimated that there are between 25,000 and 50,000 long-term PN patients in the United States. Besides having enormous financial implications, chronic PN affects every aspect of a patient’s life, regardless of age. Chronic PN also may lead to other problems, such as liver failure, central line infections, problems with venous access and dehydration.

Why Northwestern Memorial

Northwestern Memorial's Kovler Organ Transplantation Center has developed a program that brings together all the necessary components to treat the intestinal failure patient through specialized nutrition, medical and surgical strategies. Our team includes gastroenterologists, surgeons, nurses, dietitians, infectious disease specialists, stoma therapists, interventional radiologists, psychiatrists, social workers and others who work together to manage patients with intestinal failure through rehabilitation or transplantation.

Benefits of our Comprehensive Intestinal Rehabilitation & Transplantation Program

  • Management of nutritional failure through nutrition, medical and surgical strategies
  • Intestinal rehabilitation to reduce the need for intestinal transplantation
  • When appropriate, intestinal transplantation alone or as part of a multi-organ transplantation
  • Collaboration among physicians and surgeons who are recognized leaders in intestinal disease management


For information about the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program, please call 312-695-0870.


Kovler Organ Transplantation Center

Arkes Family Pavilion
676 N. Saint Clair Street
Floor 19, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60611

Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011


For more information or to make an appointment please call 312-695-0870.