Steven M Powell

Steven M Powell, MD

Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Primary Location:
Digestive Health Center

Main Floor

1215 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:


ABMS Certification:
Internal Medicine, 1990; Gastroenterology, 1995
Research Interests:

Molecular genetic studies to help understand the development of colorectal cancer which can then be used to devise better treatments for this lethal disease. This includes collaborations with molecular biologists and public health investigators. I also am also conducting studies to improve bowel preparations for screening/surveillance colonoscopies.

Clinical Practice:
Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, GERD, PEG Procedure, Upper GI Endoscopy, Endoscopy


Associate Professor

Steven M. Powell, MD, is a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist. He focuses his practice on assessing a person’s risk for developing colorectal cancer and working with patients who are at high risk for this disease. This includes individuals with inherited predisposition traits, such as Lynch syndrome or polyposis syndromes.

Dr. Powell shares: “I like to listen to patients first to see what they are feeling and thinking. I then develop a plan to try and help patients understand what is going on and how we might be able to improve their condition. I want patients to know I truly care about them.”

Dr. Powell was born in Aurora, Colorado, and grew up in the Midwest. He attended DePauw University in Indiana, where he majored in mathematics. He obtained his medical degree at Indiana University. He joined the UVA faculty in 1996 after completing gastroenterology fellowship training at Indiana and Johns Hopkins universities.

“I have always been interested in how the human body works and functions, so was drawn to the science and medical fields early on. I enjoy helping others, which makes working in the medical field ideal.”

Dr. Powell loves sports and always roots for the UVA Wahoos.

  • UVA outstanding endoscopy teaching award, 2018 
  • UVA outstanding endoscopy teaching award, 2012 
  • UVA outstanding physician award, 2007 
  • R. Robert and Sally Funderburg research award in gastric biology related to cancer, 1999
  • American Gastroenterological Association research award, 1996
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine award for postdoctoral clinical science investigation, 1993


Indiana University, 1987
Internal Medicine, Indiana University
Gastroenterology: Johns Hopkins Oncology Center; Indiana University Medical School