Department of Medicine
Edwin K. McDonald IV’s focus is on improving the health of individuals and communities through nutrition education, with a particular emphasis on patients with small bowel diseases, obesity, and other conditions affecting the digestive system. His interest in the effects of nutrition on health and disease stem from his experience with Project Brotherhood, an innovative clinic dedicated to providing accessible, affordable care for African American men on the South Side of Chicago. While training barbers to serve as health educators, he became keenly aware of the impact of social determinants of health, including the role of nutrition. In 2012, McDonald received a certificate in professional cookery from Kendall College School of Culinary Arts.
McDonald’s research has investigated the effects of vitamin deficiency in patients requiring parenteral nutrition (intravenous feeding) and studied the usefulness of fecal calprotectin in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He also created a web-based mobile program to assess the utility of applications in managing inpatient hepatology patients. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
He received his MD from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, where he also completed his internship and residency. He was awarded fellowships in clinical nutrition at the University of Chicago Medicine, and in gastroenterology at Rush University Medical Center.