Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles

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Bio

Dr. Fortunato is the Director of the Neurointestinal and Motility Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and trained in general surgery for 5 years at the University of Chicago before pursuing pediatrics. He completed his training in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a member of the faculty at Wake Forest University, University of Colorado, and Virginia Commonwealth University before joining...[Read full text]Dr. Fortunato is the Director of the Neurointestinal and Motility Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and trained in general surgery for 5 years at the University of Chicago before pursuing pediatrics. He completed his training in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a member of the faculty at Wake Forest University, University of Colorado, and Virginia Commonwealth University before joining Northwestern in 2016. Dr. Fortunato is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve where he serves as a flight surgeon in an Aerospace Medicine Squadron (AMDS).[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

Dr. Fortunato's academic and research focus relates to better defining the mechanism underlying motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders. Specifically, he and his team study the relationship between disorders of the autonomic nervous system and functional GI symptoms, notably chronic nausea. To better study this field, he collaborates extensively with other specialities including cardiology, neurology and psychology aimed towards taking a multidisciplinary approach. He has also desi...[Read full text]Dr. Fortunato's academic and research focus relates to better defining the mechanism underlying motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders. Specifically, he and his team study the relationship between disorders of the autonomic nervous system and functional GI symptoms, notably chronic nausea. To better study this field, he collaborates extensively with other specialities including cardiology, neurology and psychology aimed towards taking a multidisciplinary approach. He has also designed technology directed towards collection of patient symptom data using a web-based data collection tool, which he intends to extend towards direct integration in electronic medical records.[Shorten text]

Clinical Focus

Dr. Fortunato's clinical focus is the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to pediatric motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders ranging from gastroparesis to refractory constipation, pseudoobstruction, functional abdominal pain and nausea. As director for the Neurointestinal and Motility Program, he has assembled a multidisciplinary team integrating specialists such as psychology directly into the clinic team.

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Education and Certification

  • MD: Tufts University School of Medicine (1995)
  • Internship: University of Chicago, General Surgery (1996)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Chicago, Cardiovascular Medicine (1999)
  • Residency: University of Chicago, General Surgery (2000)
  • Residency: Maine Medical Center, General Surgery (2001)
  • Internship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, General Pediatrics (2002)
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, General Pediatrics (2004)

Contact

312/227-4200

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Box 57
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611