Chandrashekhar Thukral MD, PhD

Chandrashekhar Thukral, M.D., PhD

Chandrashekhar Thukral MD, PhD

Chandrashekhar Thukral, M.D., PhD, a board certified Gastroenterologist, joined Rockford Gastroenterology Associates, Ltd in 2007 and currently serves as the President of the organization. Dr. Thukral completed his medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago followed by a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston. He takes care of patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal and liver disorders. He has a special interest in providing comprehensive care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease).

Dr. Thukral is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and is involved in teaching medical students and residents. He has served as a faculty mentor for the James Scholar Program for medical students. He has been a past member of the Executive Committee and the Admission Committee at the medical school and is a current member of the Student Promotions Committee.

He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Gastroenterology. He is a fellow of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and has previously served on the Budget and International Committees. He is a founding member of the ASGE Recognized Industry Associate (ARIA) taskforce that is responsible for designing and teaching training programs for industry representatives.

He remains actively involved in clinical research. Most recently he has collaborated with researchers at Harvard Medical School to study quality parameters in the care of patients with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. He has published in several peer reviewed journals and has presented his research at national meetings. His recent publications are listed below:

Feuerstein JD, Papamichael K, Popejoy S, Nadelson A, Lewandowski JJ, Geissler K, Martinez-Vazquez M, Leffler DA, Ariyabuddhiphongs K, Thukral C, Cheifetz AS. Targeted Physician Education and Standardizing Documentation Improves Documented Reporting with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Quality Measures in a Large Academic and Private Practice.Dig Dis Sci. 2018 Jan;63(1):36-45.

Thukral C, Tewani SK, Lake AJ, Shiels AJ, Geissler K, Popejoy S, Stafford M, Vicari JJ. Results of a Community Based, Randomized Study Comparing a Clear Liquid Diet to a Low Residue Diet using a Magnesium Citrate Preparation for Screening and Surveillance Colonoscopies. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 2017 Nov; 3.

Feuerstein JD, Castillo NE, Siddique SS, Lewandowski JJ, Geissler K, Martinez-Vazquez M, Thukral C, Leffler DA, Cheifetz AS. Poor Documentation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Quality Measures in Academic, Community, and Private Practice. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Oct 20.

  • Conditions Dr. Thukral treats:

    • Abnormal Liver Tests
    • Anemia
    • Acid Reflux/Heartburn/GERD
    • Barrett’s Esophagus
    • Biliary Tract Disorders
    • Celiac Disease
    • Chronic Liver Disease, including Cirrhosis
    • Colon Cancer Prevention
    • Colon Polyps
    • Constipation
    • Clostridium Difficile Infection
    • Crohn's Disease
    • Diarrhea
    • Esophageal Disorders including Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)
    • Fecal Incontinence & Urgency
    • Fatty Liver (NAFLD/NASH)
    • Gallstones & Gallbladder Disease
    • Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Hiatal Hernia
    • Helicobacter Pylori Infection
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis)
    • Pancreatitis (Acute & Chronic)
    • Pancreatic Cysts & Mass
    • Peptic Ulcer Disease (Stomach Ulcers)
    • Radiation Proctitis
    • Rectal bleeding
    • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
    • Ulcerative Colitis

    Procedures Dr. Thukral performs:

    • Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
    • Colonoscopy
    • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
    • Ambulatory pH Monitoring (Bravo© pH)
    • Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC)
    • Endoscopy for Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    • Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) for Chronic C. Difficile Infection
    • PEG Tube Placement (Endoscopic Feeding Tube)
    • Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE) of the Small Intestine