Gastroenterologist Ayokunle Abegunde, MD, Joins Loyola | Loyola Medicine
Friday, August 11, 2017

Gastroenterologist Ayokunle Abegunde, MD, Joins Loyola Medicine

Gastroenterologist Ayokunle Abegunde, MD

MAYWOOD, IL –  Ayokunle Abegunde, MD, a gastroenterologist who has expertise in treating infections of the gastrointestinal track, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Abegunde treats general GI disorders, including peptic ulcers, GI bleeding, microscopic colitis and functional bowel disorders. He has a special interest in treating infections, including clostridium difficile (C. diff.).

Dr. Abegunde, who will see patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood and Loyola Center for Heath at Oakbrook Terrace, also performs procedures including colonoscopies, upper GI endoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, feeding tube placements and fecal microbiota transplants.

"Gastroenterology is a rewarding specialty that involves seven organs," Dr. Abegunde said. "It's basically the engine room of the body."

Dr. Abegunde said he strives to build an effective therapeutic relationship with each individual patient. This involves listening, establishing trust and using the best clinical evidence from research and clinical trials.

Dr. Abegunde earned his medical degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He completed residencies in family medicine at the Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom and in internal medicine from the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He earned a master of science degree in tropical medicine and international health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Abegunde is an assistant professor in the division of gastroenterology, department of medicine of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and internal medicine and board eligible in gastroenterology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.