GI experts take care of a patient with digestive health issues

Gastrointestinal & Digestive Health

Digestive disorders can cause pain and discomfort when you eat, or disrupt your normal body functions on a daily basis. Unchecked, gastrointestinal (GI) problems can become life-threatening.

At UVA, you have access to advanced technologies, the latest research discoveries, and recognized experts for all GI issues. These include disorders of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and biliary tract. You’ll get care from a team of specialists ranked as "high performing" and in the top 10% of the country by U.S. News & World Report.

    Conditions We Treat

    Esophagus, Throat

    Stomach

    • Gastroparesis
    • Stomach bleeding
    • Stomach polyps

    Bile Ducts, Gallbladder, Pancreas

    Liver

    • Acute liver failure
    • Alcohol-induced liver disease treatment
    • Cirrhosis
    • Hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E)
    • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

    Small Bowel

    Colon, Rectum, Anus

    Gastroenterology Specialties

    Colon Cancer Prevention & Care

    Patients give us high performance ratings for our colorectal surgery. We also have unique expertise in catching colon cancer before it begins. Find out about getting a colon cancer screening

    Crohn's & Colitis: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support

    Whether you need ongoing infusion, nutrition support or surgery, we have the tools and experience to help you manage inflammation and pain of IBD.

    Liver Care

    You'll find a high level of innovation and care in our approach to liver disease, liver cancer and liver transplant. Find options for liver treatment.

    Advanced Technology for a Better Experience

    Our high-tech tools pair with advanced techniques. So we can treat your GI issue with as little surgery as possible. These include:

    • Endoscopy — allows us to quickly and accurately find and treat digestive conditions - see all endoscopy procedures
    • Endoscopy ultrasound scope   locates and treats tumors with radio frequency
    • HALO technology  — removes abnormal cells from the esophagus, before they become cancer 
    • Spyglass System — directly, easily examines bile ducts (also known as cholangioscopy) 
    • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)  — uses a tiny camera to guide surgical procedures
    • Laparoscopic surgical care - uses video to avoid large cuts in the abdominal wall 
    Find Patient Support
    nutrition class

    With a GI condition, every meal can be a challenge. Finding out how to manage your symptoms takes time and patience. We have resources and registered dietitians to help.

    Find nutrition support
    Learn About Our Research
    two digestive specialists review research on a computer screen

    Our gastroenterology specialists perform research into new treatments all the time. And we train the next generation of experts at the UVA School of Medicine.

    Learn about our program
    Refer Your GI Patient
    a patient discusses his disorder with one of our expert gastroenterologists

    From diagnostic excellence to advanced surgical expertise, our digestive health providers have the tools and knowledge to care for the most complex and difficult digestive disorders. 

    Refer a digestive health patient

    Digestive Health News

    U.S. News & World Report: UVA Again No. 1 Hospital in Virginia

    It's the fifth consecutive year. The publication also ranks eight UVA specialties among the best in the nation.

    Diet, Gut Microbes Affect Chemotherapy Outcomes

    What we eat can affect the outcome of chemotherapy – and likely many other medical treatments – because of ripple effects that begin in our gut, new…

    233 UVA Physicians Selected for Best Doctors in America® List

    233 UVA Health physicians have been named by their peers to the 2019-2020 Best Doctors in America®List. Approximately 4 percent of U.S. doctors are…

    Digestive Health Clinical Trials

    Research study for subjects with Clostridium difficile infection (referred to as CDI)

    The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology seeks adults ages 18-75 with CDI for a research study. The purpose of the study is to evaluate…

    Research study for Crohn’s patients with perianal fistulas

    The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology seeks adults, 18-75, with Crohn’s disease and perianal fistulas for a research study. The purpose…

    Study for adults with PSC cirrhosis

    The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology seeks adults 18-75 with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and cirrhosis for a research study.…

    Study for adults with fatty liver disease who are having a liver biopsy

    The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology seeks adults, 18-75, with fatty liver disease for a research study. The purpose of the study is to…

    Research study for those with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease

    The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology seeks adults ages 18-75 with Crohn’s disease for a research study. The purpose of the study is to…

    Research Study for adults with Fatty Liver Disease

    The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology seeks: adults ages 18-75 with fatty liver disease (NASH) for a research study. The purpose of the…

    Research Study for those with NASH/Fatty Liver Disease

    The Hepatology Department seeks adults over 18 with NASH (fatty liver disease) for a research study. The purpose of the study is see if a…

    Research Study for those with NASH/Fatty Liver Disease

    The Hepatology Department seeks adults over 18 with PSC (primary sclerosing cholangitis) for a research study. The purpose of the study is see if…

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