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University Hepatologists

University Hepatologists offer state-of-the-art care for patients with all forms of liver disease. The Section of Hepatology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is well-known for its long tradition of leadership in the field. The section offers leading-edge multidisciplinary care, including the latest diagnostic and treatment therapies and access to clinical research trials ​for patients with liver disease.


Costica Aloman, MD, has clinical expertise in treating alcoholic liver disease, autoimmune disorders, autoimmune hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer, adult liver disease, and liver transplant. Dr. Aloman is board certified in transplant hepatology, gastroenterology, and internal medicine. His research interests include fibrosis biology, alcohol effects on the immune system, dendritic cell development, and antifibrotic agents. 

Sheila Eswaran, MD, specializes in transplant hepatology, gastroenterology and internal medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include chronic liver disease, liver transplantation and liver cancer. Dr. Eswaran also has a clinical and research interest in the psychosocial aspects of chronic liver disease and liver transplant, including encephalopathy, sleep effects of liver disease and issues relating to substance abuse. 

Sujit Janardhan, MD, specializes in gastroenterology and internal medicine, both of which is he is board certified in. His clinical expertise covers a variety of conditions, including alcoholic liver disease, ascites, autoimmune hepatitis, bile duct cancer, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, hemochromatosis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatobiliary cancer, liver cancer, liver transplant, primary sclerosing​ cholangitis, and Wilson disease. 

Donald M. Jensen, MD has a long and distinguished career in the field of Hepatology. His clinical expertise includes Cirrhosis, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and Wilson's disease. He currently holds a preceptorial-style clinic teaching the next generation of liver specialists at the Rush Downtown Campus. Dr. Jensen’s research interest has focused on newer therapies for Hepatitis C and access to care where his career has spanned the arc from the discovery of Hepatitis C in 1989 to the ability of newer therapies to cure virtually 100% of patients today.

Justin Mitchell, DO, MS, primarily specializes in transplant hepatology of which he is also board certified. Additionally, he has board certifications in gastroenterology and internal medicine. Dr. Mitchell's areas of clinical expertise include a variety of conditions including cirrhosis, complications related to portal hypertension, and liver transplant.

Nancy Reau, MD, is the Section Chief of Hepatology at Rush. She specializes in transplant hepatology, transplant gastroenterology, and internal medicine, all of which she is board certified in. Her clinical expertise includes Hepatitits B, Hepatitis C, liver transplant, and viral diseases, and her research interests are in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and the hepatitis B virus.

Nikunj Shah, MD, is a highly experienced hepatologist who has clinical expertise in liver biopsy, endoscopy, acute and chronic hepatitis, liver cancer and liver transplantation.  He cares for patients with end stage liver disease  and patients with liver tumors. He is involved in multiple clinical trials involving new medications for Hepatitis C and  and procedures that can help manage complications of diseases of the liver.

The Section of Hepatology provides a thorough diagnosis, treatment, and medical management for patients with the following liver diseases:
In addition to treating these diseases, the Section of Hepatology also offers patients access to the following diagnostic and treatment procedures:
  • Upper endoscopy or EGD
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt
  • Stenting of biliary strictures
  • Percutaneous and transjugular liver biopsy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound or EUS
  • Colonoscopy
  • Esophageal sclerotherapy
  • Esophageal variceal banding

Along with the treatment and diagnosis of all causes of liver disease, the Section of Hepatology makes referrals to the Liver Transplant Program at Rush for patients who may be eligible for liver transplantation. 

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University Hepatologists
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building III
Suite 158
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-8910
Fax: 312-563-4215
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Rush Oak Park Hospital (Drs. Justin Mitchell, Nancy Reau, and Nikunj Shah)
610 S. Maple Avenue
Rush Oak Park Professional Building
Suite 2700
Oak Park, IL 60304
Phone: 312-942-8910
Fax: 312-563-4215
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Rush-Copley Medical Center (Dr. Sheila Eswaran)
2040 Ogden Ave.
Suite 304
Aurora, IL 60504
Phone: 312-942-8910
Fax: 312-563-4215
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Rush River North (Dr. Sujit Janardhan)
539 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-942-8910
Fax: 312-563-4215
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Rush University Physicians at Lincoln Park (Dr. Sujit Janardhan)
2835 N. Sheffield Ave
Suite 104
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 312-942-8910
Fax: 312-563-4215
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Digestive Disease Consultants of Kankakee, S.C. (Dr. Nancy Reau)
1615 N. Convent Street
Suite 1
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815-937-5200
Fax: 312-563-4215
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Digestive Disease Consultants at Silver Cross Hospital (Dr. Nancy Reau)
1890 Silver Cross Blvd
Prof. Bldg Suite 215
New Lenox, IL 60451
Phone: 815-602-8251
Fax: 312-563-4215
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Swedish Covenant (Dr. Sheila Eswaran)
5140 N. California Ave.
Galter Medical Pavilion@Swedish Covenant
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: 312-942-8910
Fax: 312-563-4215
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