The Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition provides state-of-the-art medical care to patients with gastrointestinal and liver diseases and nutritional problems in a multidisciplinary environment.
The division also plays an important role in the education of students, residents and fellows and offers a variety of learning opportunities for continuing medical education of physicians and other health care professionals. The regionally and nationally recognized faculty members conduct many clinical and basic science research projects to further our understanding of gastrointestinal and liver diseases and to help design better treatment for patients with these illnesses.
A number of special procedures including biliary manometry, endoscopic removal of bile duct stones, biliary and pancreatic duct stent placement, esophageal stent placement, achalasia dilation, botulinum toxin injection therapy of achalasia, enteroscopy, endoscopic ultrasonography, and laser therapy of GI neoplasms are performed on a daily basis.
UK HealthCare also has an active liver transplant program.
Capsule endoscopy helps UK doctors diagnose digestive problems. Traditional upper endoscopy and colonoscopy are unable to reach the small intestine, but using capsule endoscopy, a pill-sized video capsule with a lens and light source, UK doctors examine the lining of the middle part of the gastrointestinal tract.
This examination may detect polyps, Crohn's disease, ulcers and tumors. With the largest team of gastroenterologists in Kentucky, UK HealthCare offers a comprehensive approach to the screening, diagnosis and treatment of digestive conditions.
Hepatology is an area of study that focuses on medical care of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas.
The longstanding hepatology expertise of UK HealthCare's gastroenterology physicians is supported by the university's liver transplant program. In addition, specialized procedures related to hepatology including therapeutic biliary endoscopy and laparoscopy are offered.