Faculty Profile

Joel Pekow
Section of Gastroenterology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730

Academic Interests

Dr. Pekow investigates mechanisms of colon cancer development in patients with IBD. He is interested in using novel molecular methods to provide significant insights into why cancers develop in this population. He hopes this knowledge will lead to the development of new markers for precancerous lesions, and ultimately to cancer prevention in IBD patients.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Pekow specializes in the treatment of digestive disorders, with a particular focus on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colon cancer screening.


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  • BA, 1998, Brown University, Latin American History and Biology
  • MD, 2003, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Medicine
  • Residency, 2004, Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2010, University of Chicago, Gastroenterology