Dr. Barbara Jung
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine


Dr. Barbara Jung became the sixth chair of the Department of Medicine on September 1, 2019.

She 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 as the Thomas J. Layden Endowed Professor in Digestive and Liver Diseases and Division Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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. 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 has led 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.