Digestive Diseases

Established by Dr. Leon Schiff, one of the founding fathers of modern hepatology, UC Health Digestive Diseases is one of the oldest and most distinguished programs in the nation. We specialize in the areas of gastroenterology, hepatology and liver transplant medicine. UC Health Digestive Diseases physicians provide the highest quality of patient care. They are routinely recognized by Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors in Cincinnati, surveys of the national and regional leading medical specialists that identifies excellence in the practice of medicine. Our board-certified physicians and medical support staff provide an integrated approach to diagnosing and treating digestive diseases and disorders. We provided the full continuum of services for the following:

  • Colon disorders
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diarrheal disease
  • Esophageal disorders
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) oncology
  • Hepatology
  • Intestinal infections
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Liver transplantation
  • Nutritional disorders
  • Pancreaticobiliary disorders
  • Pancreatitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Viral hepatitis

Partners in Personalized Patient Care

Members of UC Health Digestive Diseases collaborate with specialists in the University of Cincinnati department of surgery, pediatric GI specialists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and clinicians in various other areas to provide a high level of multidisciplinary care in the areas of pancreas diseases, liver disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and interventional endoscopy. This multidisciplinary approach to medicine leads to better results and more compassionate care for our patients.

Personal Experience Leads to Exceptional Care

Our physicians draw from personal experience as a backdrop for the compassionate and specialized care that they give to patients at the UC Health Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program. They work with colleagues in UC Health Digestive Diseases, as well as physicians at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, to create a comprehensive treatment network, helping patients of all ages receive optimal care and manage their disease on their own. Along with gastroenterological issues, some UC Health Digestive Disease physicians also specialize in hepatology, which focuses on conditions of the liver, gallbladder, billiary tree and pancreas. We are national leaders in hepatology and have several research studies and clinical trials that intend to advance the science and treatment of hepatological disorders. Our hepatologists use discovery driven medicine to bring advanced treatments to patients in the Greater Cincinnati area. They also partner with our transplant surgeons to run the liver transplant program at UC Medical Center.

Using Advanced Technology to Diagnose and Treat the Most Challenging Digestive Diseases

At UC Health, we specialize in advance endoscopic procedures that help diagnose and treat the most complex and challenging cases. Endoscopy can help your health care professional determine what may be causing your gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, diagnose conditions or treat digestive system problems.  Treatment is important as some digestive diseases may lead to serious damage to the GI tract if left untreated. With units at both UCMC and West Chester Hospital, we offer innovative technologies that enable our specialists to gain a better view of the GI tract so they can provide prompt diagnoses and treatment recommendations. These procedures are less invasive, so there’s less time spent in the hospital. The endoscopy unit at West Chester Hospital was recently recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and was one of only 32 units in the country, and one of only two in Ohio, to receive this recognition in 2010. In total, only 166 endoscopy units nationally have been recognized.

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  • Performing the Region’s Most Advanced Endoscopic Procedures

    The endoscopy unit at West Chester Hospital was recently recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and was one of only 32 units in the country, and one of only two in Ohio, to receive this recognition in 2010. In total, only 166 endoscopy units nationally have been recognized.

    We use state-of-the-art technology to perform our endoscopic procedures with endoscopes that are smaller, brighter and more easily maneuvered, and produce clearer, sharper images.  Most of our procedures can be done inserting small instruments into the scopes.

    Additional endoscopic procedures and tests performed include:

    • Upper GI endoscopy (also called Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)
    • Colonoscopy
    • Endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy
    • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
    • Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
    • Manometry and Impedance
    • Autoflorence
    • Pleuroscopy
    • Spyglass system
    • Capsule Endoscopy
    • Endoscopic Ultrasound
    • Bronchoscopy
    • 24-hour pH monitoring
    • Bravo pH studies
    • Stent placements
    • Cryotherapy
    • Fine needle aspiration (FNA)
    • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) placement
    • Direct J-tube placement
    • Capsule endoscopy
    • Halo treatment
    • Colonoscopy
    • Sigmoidoscopy
    • Liver Biopsy
    • Small Bowel Enteroscopy
    • PillCam
    • Secretin testing
    • Paracentesis
    • Feeding Tube Placement
    • Thoracentesis
    • Bronchoscopy