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Digestive Health Institute

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Appointments are available for new and existing patients. See below for more information.

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.

During COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

We are still scheduling appointments for new and existing patients; however, we have made several temporary adjustments to how we deliver care to reduce your risk and ensure safety. Adjustments we’ve made include:

  • Video/Telehealth visits
    These visits allow you to use a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) or desktop computer with a camera to speak with your provider through a video connection.
  • Expanded In-person appointments
    We added early-morning and evening appointments for those with medical conditions that make them more susceptible to illness. Additionally, we created appropriate space between chairs in waiting areas and ensure that all patients and care team members have masks and appropriate protection.
  • Increased Safety Measures
    Learn some of the necessary steps we’ve taken to ensure that all of our patients and healthcare providers are safe at all of our locations.

Learn more about initiating a video visit by speaking with your physician’s office or by visiting our telehealth services page.

Jefferson Digestive Health Institute

The Digestive Health Institute offers a full range of clinical services in gastroenterology and hepatology, including diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, motility and liver transplantation. The Digestive Health 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 & Education

Visit the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Thomas Jefferson University for more information about our team and educational opportunities.


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