Ikuo Hirano is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended college at Yale University, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his medical residency and GI fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He took a faculty position at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center and Harvard Medical School working in esophageal swallowing physiology before moving to Northwestern. He is a site principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal disease Researchers (CEGIR). Dr. Hirano has written over 200 scientific papers and textbook chapters on esophageal and swallowing disorders. For the past two decades, he has focused his clinical and academic interests on eosinophilic esophagitis/gastroenteritis and he has authored several society guidelines on the management of these increasingly recognized disorders. Dr. Hirano has received numerous teaching awards and the Northwestern University School of Medicine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Gastroenterology.