John E. Fortunato, Jr, MD

Director, Neurointestinal & Motility Program; Attending Physician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Professor of Pediatrics-Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



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Dr. Fortunato specializes in the care of children with complex motility and functional GI disorders using a biopsychosocial model of care. This includes integrating essential team members within motility clinic such as medical psychology and nutrition as well as participating in interdisciplinary clinics within pediatrics and surgery. His research focuses on the relationship developing of digital health tools to better integrate patients reported outcomes into clinical care. Specifically, he specialized on the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and motility/functional gastrointestinal disorders including patients with chronic nausea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Dr. Fortunato has spent 19 years in the military reserve – first, with the U.S. Navy, and currently, as an Air Force flight surgeon with 445th Airlift Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he serves as Chief of the Medical Staff. He is currently completing his second year at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with a focus in healthcare technology innovation.

Clinical Interests

​Neurogastroenterology and motility disorders

Education & Training

Education: Tufts University School of Medicine, 1995

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2004-2006; Residency in general pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2001-2004; Residency in general surgery, Maine Medical Center, 2000-2001; Residency in general surgery, University of Chicago, 1995-2000

Board Certifications: Pediatric Gastroenterology