Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD, FACP, FACG - Gastroenterology

Dr. Arvydas D. Vanagunas reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Vanagunas is a Professor of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and a distinguished teacher in the field of gastroenterology. He has served on numerous hospital and medical school committees at Northwestern University.

Dr. Vanagunas is also a distinguished lecturer who has addressed local and national medical meetings. In addition, he is a reviewer for several medical journals, including Hepatology, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Radiology, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Dr. Vanagunas is involved in a variety of public service activities. From 1999 through 2002, he was a member of the judging committees for Ronald McDonald charities and the United Negro College Fund Health and Medical Scholars programs. Since 1990, he has served as the president of the Lithuanian-American Medical Society.

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Colorectal Cancer
Colon Polyps
Crohn's Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome


MD: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, 1973
Internship: Internal Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1973–1974
Residency: Internal Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1974–1976
Chief Resident: Medicine, Veterans Administration Lakeside Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1976–1977
Chief Resident: Medicine, Columbus Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1977–1978
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Northwestern University Medical School and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1978–1980

Academic Appointments

Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 2002–present

Hospital Affiliations

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Veterans Administration Lakeside Hospital, Chicago, IL

Professional Affiliations

American College of Gastroenterology
American College of Physicians
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American College of Physician Executives
Chicago Society for Gastroenterology
Lithuanian-American Medical Association
Medical Group Management Association
Midwest Gut Club
Chicago Medical Society

Selected Publications

  1. Vanagunas AD, Srivastava A (2004). Endoscopy of the esophagus. In TW Shields, ed., General Thoracic Surgery, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  2. Vanagunas AD (2004). Inflammatory disorders of the esophagus. In TW Shields, ed., General Thoracic Surgery, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  3. Vanagunas AD, Pandolfino J (2004). Gastrointestinal complications of pregnancy. In Sciarra JJ, ed., Gynecology and Obstetrics, chap. 30. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott.
  4. Vanagunas AD, Lin D, Stryker S (2004). Accuracy of endoscopic ultrasound staging of rectal cancer after neoadjuvant therapy. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 99(1): 109–112.
  5. Jones MP, Ebert CC, Sloan T, Spanier J, Banasal A, Howden CW, Vanagunas AD (2004). Patient anxiety and elective gastrointestinal endoscopy. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 38(1): 35–40.
  6. Paice J, Noskin G, Vanagunas AD, Shott S (2005). Efficacy and safety of scheduled dosing of opioid analgesics: A quality improvement study. Journal of Pain, 6(10): 639–643.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

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