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Digestive Health Program (Gastroenterology)

US News High Performing Hospital BadgeOur program specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases affecting the digestive system. We have the largest gastrointestinal practice in Kentucky -- based on the number of gastroenterologists and surgeons -- and we provide 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 » 

  • About digestive disorders

    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.