Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology

Dr. Peter J. Kahrilas reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Kahrilas is a specialist in esophageal disease. He is involved in research on the mechanics of swallowing, the motor activity of the upper esophagus, and the pathophysiology of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). He is a Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University's Medical School.

Dr. Kahrilas has served on the editorial board of the journals Gastroenterology, Gut, American Journal of Gastroenterology, and Dysphagia, and is an ad hoc reviewer for many other medical journals.

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine—1982
American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty of Gastroenterology—1987

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Colon Polyps


M.D.: University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1979
Residency in Internal Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland, 1979–1982
Fellowship in Gastroenterology, Northwestern University, Chicago, 1982–1984
Research Fellow, GI Motility, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1984–1986

Academic Appointments

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago:
  • Staff Physician, 1986
  • Medical Director, Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Laboratory, 1989–1999
  • Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, 1999–2006
Northwestern University, Dept. of Medicine:
  • Assistant Professor, 1986–1990
  • Associate Professor, 1990–1992
  • Associate Professor (with tenure), 1992–1995
  • Professor, 1995–1999
  • Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, 1999-2006
  • Gilbert Marquardt Professor of Medicine, 1999–present
Northwestern University, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders:
  • Assistant Professor, 1988–1990
  • Associate Professor, 1990–1992
  • Professor, 1995–present
VA Lakeside Medical Center, Chicago:
  • Staff Physician, Dept. of Medicine, 1986–1990
  • Consultant Physician, 1991–2006

Professional Affiliations

American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
American Society for Clinical Investigation

Selected Publications

  1. Kahrilas PJ. (2008). Clinical Practice. Gastroesophageal reflux disease. New England Journal of Medicine, 359:1700--7.
  2. Kahrilas PJ, Shaheen NJ, Vaezi M, in collaboration with the AGAI Medical Position Panel on GERD management. AGAI medical position statement: management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. (2008).Gastrointerology, 135:1383-1391.
  3. Kahrilas PJ, Shaheen NJ, Vaezi M. (2008) AGAI technical review: management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gastroenterology, 135;135:1392-1413.
  4. Kahrilas PJ (2003). Clinical vignette: Refractory heartburn. Gastroenterology, 124(7): 1941–1945.
  5. Pandolfino JE, Kahrilas PJ (2005). The second American Gastroenterological Association technical review on the clinical use of esophageal manometry. Gastroenterology, 128(1): 207–208.
  6. Pandolfino JE, Schreiner MA, Lee TJ, Zhang Q, Boniquit C, Kahrilas PJ (2005). Comparison of the Bravo™ wireless and Digitrapper™ catheter pH monitoring systems for measuring esophageal acid exposure. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 100(7): 1466–1476.
  7. Pandolfino JE, Zhang Q, Schreiner MA, Lee TJ, Roth MP, Kahrilas PJ (2005). Acid reflux detection using the Bravo™ wireless vs the Slimline™ catheter pH systems: Why are the numbers so different? Gut, 54(12): 1687–1692.
  8. Pandolfino JE, El-Serag H, Zhang Q, Shah N, Ghosh S, Kahrilas PJ (2006). Obesity: A challenge to esophagogastric junction integrity. Gastroenterology, 130(3): 639–649.

Selected Books

Kahrilas PJ, Howden CW (2002). Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Dyspepsia and GERD. Newtown, PA: Handbooks in Health Care Company.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

Last Updated: January 27, 2010

related physicians

related services

Bon Secours International| Sisters of Bon Secours USA| Bon Secours Health System

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Privacy Policy. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2010 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.