The Gastroenterology Division at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a 40-year history in treatment, research and training for diseases of the digestive tract. It is rated among the top twenty clinical centers in the nation and has received international recognition for contributions to its field.
Each team of physicians in the groups below is advancing, through technology, in diagnosis and treatment. These specialists have expertise in GI (gastro-intestinal) cancers because they understand the genetics of the disease and factors contributing to susceptibility. Washington University does more liver transplants than any other program in the region.
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The Gastroenterology Division is one of two centers in the country to have been awarded a Digestive Disease Research Core Center and a Clinical Nutrition Research Unit by the National Institutes of Health.
Patients are seen at:
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite C, Floor 8
St. Louis, MO 63110
Professional Office Building Two
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
10 Barnes West Drive, Suite 200
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Our board-certified specialists offer a comprehensive range of GI subspecialties, including treatment for diseases of the upper tract, like the esophagus, stomach and small intestines (duodenum); the lower GI tract, like the large intestine, colon and rectum; and the hepatobiliary system, such as the liver, gall bladder, biliary tract and pancreas.
Specialties by the division's gastroenterologists include:
- Gastrointestinal Cancer -- The GI cancer division has expertise in handling GI cancers that included: colorectal, esophageal, hereditary and familial cancers, gastric, pancreatic, liver, and bile duct carcinomas. Leading edge diagnostic and treatment techniques contribute to some of the best surgical outcomes in the country because of expertise in the early diagnosis and accurate staging of the disease.
- General (Luminal) Gastroenterology -- This division deals with GI motility issues and other problems involving the lining or inside of the gastrointestinal tract, including swallowing disorders, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastric reflux, diarrhea, constipation, and gastric ulcers.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) -- IBD division deals with the two main inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, providing diagnosis and treatment, and access to leading-edge research.
- Interventional and Treatment Endoscopy --Provides comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative endoscopic interventions in the management of genign and malignant dieseases involving the gastrointestinal tract, biliary tree and pancreas.
- Liver Diseases -- The liver disease division treats diseases that include: cirrhosis, viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, alcoholic liver, fatty liver, metabolic disease, and acute drug toxicity. Some of these diseases can lead to chronic or acute liver failure and require a liver transplant.
- Liver Transplants -- The liver transplant team of Gastroenterology works closely with the liver transplant surgeons to manage the whole process for the patient. They supervise care of patients needing transplantation, and after transplant, manage postoperative recovery and long-term care, including prevention of rejection.
- Women's Health -- Some gastrointestinal disorders may involve predominantly women, or may take special handling during certain phases of women’s lives, such as pregnancy. Some of the most common conditions seen by the women’s health specialists include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and GI diseases in pregnant women, such as gastric reflux disease (GERD) and inflammatory bowel disorders. Colorectal screening and personalized risk assessments are also standard parts of the practice.
The Washington University physicians in the Gastroenterology division provide both outpatient and inpatient endoscopy facilities with specialized, leading technology, including endoscopic ultrasound, esophageal manometry and interventional endoscopy.
The division has one of the region’s largest referral practices for ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography).
Our specialists work closely with gastrointestinal, transplant and colorectal surgeons from Washington University School of Medicine to offer a full range of treatment.