Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) affects millions of people worldwide. Besides the uncomfortable physical symptoms, patients’ daily activity and quality of life is often negatively impacted. That’s why we're speaking with Gastroenterologists Dr. Darren Brenner and Dr. Brian E. Lacy who explain what IBS-C is, the burden of this condition, and symptom relief. They also offer some helpful tips aimed at making you feel more comfortable talking about IBS and constipation with your health care provider.
Dr. Brenner is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery in the Division of Gastroenterology at Northwestern University and serves as Director of the Neurogastromotility and Functional Bowel Programs, Co-Director of the Integrated Bowel Dysfunction program, and Director of the Motts Tonelli GI Physiology Laboratory. He is also an active Irene D. Pritzker Research Scholar. Dr. Brenner focuses his clinical and research pursuits on a wide range of motility topics including IBS, constipation, opioid related constipation, fecal incontinence, gastroparesis and scleroderma. He has published more than 125 articles, abstracts, and online materials on these subjects, and has lectured both nationally and internationally in these areas. He acts as a reviewer and editor for multiple GI peer-reviewed journals and is a current associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. He was a charter board member of the American Gastroenterological Association Academy of GI and Liver Educators, acts as a member of the advisory board for the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders and serves (research) and has served on multiple ACG committees (education, MOC, digital publications and communications). Dr. Brenner is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and American Gastroenterological Association.
Dr. Brian E. Lacy is a board certified gastroenterologist who focuses his research and clinical interests on disorders of gastrointestinal motility. Dr. Lacy’s areas of expertise include gastroesophageal reflux disease, dysphagia, achalasia, dyspepsia, gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, intestinal pseudo-obstruction and visceral pain. Dr. Lacy is the author of over 165 peer-reviewed articles on gastrointestinal motility disorders and functional bowel disorders, has written and/or edited 6 books on gastrointestinal motility disorders and functional bowel disorders, and has written multiple text book chapters. Dr. Lacy is the current co-Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. He is the former Editor in Chief of Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology. Dr. Lacy was the co-Chairman for the Rome IV Committee on Functional Bowel Disorders.
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