Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases Program​​

The Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases (EGID) Program is devoted to the comprehensive care and research of children diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Located at our Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park, the program serves the growing number of children who suffer from EoE.

The Lurie Children's Difference

We have a dedicated, multidisciplinary team made up of specialists from many different areas. Combining several areas of expertise into every diagnosis ensures that our patients have the most thorough and best care possible. The team includes:

  • Pediatric gastroenterologists
  • A pediatric allergist
  • A registered dietitian
  • A pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Registered nurses

Our team also provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing including upper endoscopy, allergy blood testing and skin prick testing, as well as several novel experimental non-invasive or minimally-invasive tests. The treatments offered are individualized to the specific needs of the patients.

What to Expect

Treatments​ for eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGID) are diets and drugs. The dietary options include:

  • Elemental diet
  • Standard or empiric elimination diet
  • Directed elimination diet

The drug treatment options include oral steroids and swallowed steroids.


The EGID Program is led by Barry K. Wershil, MD, EGID Program Co-director and Head of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. The program is also co-directed by Amir F. Kagalwalla, MD.

The other members of the team include:

  • Joshua B. Wechsler, MD - Gastroenterologist
  • Melanie M. Makhija, MD - Allergist
  • Maria Manuel-Rubio, APN - Nurse practitioner
  • Sally Schwartz, RD - Dietician
  • Ronda Shaykin, RN - Nurse clinician
  • Bernadette Czyz, RN - Nurse clinician
  • Stacy Konstantos, RN - Nurse clinician
  • Kristin Johnson, BS - Clinical research coordinator
  • Pratibha Hotwagner - Clinical research coordinator


To schedule an appointment in Spina Bifida Clinic or Tethered Cord Clinic please call 312.227.4220 and speak to Dani Gacek, Spina Bifida Administrative Coordinator, or Luis Suncin, Spina Bifida Liaison. Due to the nature of this clinic, online scheduling is not available.

To speak with the Spina Bifida Nurse Coordinator, please call 312.227.4883.

Tests & Treatments


Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500