Our program specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases affecting the digestive system. It is the largest gastrointestinal practice in Kentucky based on the number of gastroenterologists and surgeons and provides the most advanced treatments available to patients at three locations: UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Lexington and UK Good Samaritan Hospital. Specialized clinics for inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis C, heartburn and therapeutic endoscopy are available.
The faculty members have major clinical and basic research interests in inflammatory bowel disease, therapeutic endoscopy, nutritional evaluation and support, and liver disease. Learn more about the digestive health program »
Digestive Diseases & Nutrition
Medicine Specialties ClinicSecond Floor, Wing C, Room D211
UK Kentucky ClinicFax: 859-257-9501740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536
Internal Medicine Subspecialty ClinicSecond Floor, Suite 200
UK Good Samaritan Medical Office BuildingFax: 859-257-9287125 E. Maxwell St.
Lexington KY 40508
Harrison Memorial Hospital1210 KY Highway 36 E.
Cynthiana KY 41031
Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center - Medical Arts Building140 Newcomb Ave.
Mt. Vernon KY 40456
Most digestive diseases are very complex, with subtle symptoms, and the causes of many remain unknown. They may be inherited or develop from multiple factors such as stress, fatigue, diet, or smoking. Abusing alcohol imposes the greatest risk for digestive diseases.
Reaching a diagnosis requires a thorough and accurate medical history and physical examination. Some patients may need to undergo more extensive diagnostic evaluations, including lab tests, endoscopic procedures, and imaging techniques. Physicians who specialize in the treatment of digestive problems are called gastroenterologists.