Dr. Barbara Jung will be the new chair of the Department of Medicine on September 1, 2019.

She is currently the Thomas J. Layden Endowed Professor in Digestive and Liver Diseases and Division Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Barbara Jung

Dr. Jung received her medical degree with thesis in 1996 from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in San Diego, she completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology at UC San Diego.

She accepted a faculty position at UC San Diego in 2004 and became assistant program director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program in 2006. She was recruited to Northwestern in 2009 and to the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013.

Dr. Jung’s research interests are in colorectal cancer, tumor genetics, and activin signaling and tumor progression and she studies colon cancer progression and metastasis in her lab. Her research in acute pancreatitis focuses on the relationship between activin signaling and inflammation. Her clinical focus is on the diagnosis and management of patients with Lynch and polyposis syndromes and she leads a multidisciplinary, personalized high-risk GI clinic with an associated clinical and tissue registry. 

She has a strong track record of teaching and mentoring students, residents, and fellows and is currently a faculty mentor for longitudinal career advising to first year medical students.  

“Dr. Jung has presented a compelling vision to enhance the excellence of the research, teaching and clinical activities of the Department of Medicine,” said Dean Paul Ramsey. “Please join me in welcoming her to UW Medicine.”