Ross C Buerlein

Ross C Buerlein, MD

Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Primary Location:
Digestive Health Center

Main Floor

1215 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:


ABMS Certification:
American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Gastroenterology)
Research Interests:

Cholangiocarcinoma (diagnostic optimization and endoscopic management of this rare and deadly cancer)
Pancreatic cancer
Endoscopic removal of large colon polyps
Pancreatic cysts

Clinical Practice:
Bile Duct Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colonoscopy, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, Pancreatic Cysts


Assistant Professor

Ross C. Buerlein, MD, is a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist with highly specialized expertise in a wide range of treatments and conditions affecting the digestive system. These include:

  • Endoscopic therapy of bile duct obstruction (stones, strictures, cancer)
  • Radiofrequency ablation and photodynamic therapy for biliary and pancreatic tumors
  • Pancreatobiliary stenting
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) 
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection for removal of large colon polyps
  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Pancreatitis (acute and chronic)
  • Diagnosis and management of pancreatic cysts
  • Diagnosis and management of pseudocysts and walled-off pancreatic necrosis

Dr. Buerlein was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where he attended St. Christopher’s School. After earning a bachelor’s degree at James Madison University, he worked in a research laboratory at the National Institutes of Health. He earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. After completing his 3-year residency in internal medicine at UVA, he was selected as a chief resident. He remained at UVA for his 3-year fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology and stayed for an additional year of sub-specialized training in advanced/interventional endoscopy.

In addition to his work in gastroenterology and advanced endoscopy, Dr. Buerlein founded and continues to lead the UVA Community Outreach Clinic, which offers free primary care and basic psychiatric services to patients experiencing homelessness in the Charlottesville community.

“My wife and I are blessed with a son and a daughter, and I love spending time with them,” he says. “We enjoy the many outdoor activities Charlottesville has to offer, and I particularly enjoy fly fishing, hunting and playing golf.”


2020 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

2016 Admitted Resident of the Year

2016 Dunn Award (UVA award for exemplary patient care)

2013 Gold Humanism Honor Society


Eastern Virginia Medical School
University of Virginia
University of Virginia