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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Jefferson's Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Philadelphia is one of the leading programs in the U.S. for the diagnosis, treatment, research and education of diseases of the digestive tract and liver. 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.

Our physicians were among the nation's first to diagnose gastrointestinal diseases with a tiny camera pill that photographs difficult-to-reach areas of the digestive tract.

Jefferson Digestive Disease Institute

The Digestive Disease Institute offers a full range of clinical services in gastroenterology and hepatology, including diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, motility and liver transplantation. The Digestive Disease Institute features renowned specialists in gastrointestinal endoscopy, gastrointestinal motility, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreaticobiliary diseases, celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and liver transplantation.

Gastroenterology Research and Education

Visit the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Thomas Jefferson University for more on research and education.