UAB Medicine

Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Why UAB?

The UAB Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is ranked nationally and internationally as a leading center for digestive and liver disorders. Annually, we see more than 20,000 patients suffering from a variety of conditions and diseases and perform more than 12,000 outpatient procedures.

The Gastroenterology division is ranked as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The division was founded Dr. Basil Hirschowitz, who revolutionized gastrointestinal (GI) diagnosis as the inventor of the endoscope. It has been more than 50 years since he founded the Division at UAB. His contributions revolutionized the field of gastroenterology and he has received the highest honors from national and international GI societies. 
Our interventional endoscopy group including endoscopic ultrasound is one of the busiest in the country and has risen to be one of the most prestigious both clinically and academically.
UAB continues to lead the advancement of Gastroenterology and Hepatology with many ongoing IRB-approved active clinical trials. These trials offer the latest in drug therapy and other novel approaches to digestive disorders. Our physicians and scientists are also searching for causes and cures for many illnesses through basic research.  
We have a number of investigative trials ongoing in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis) and viral hepatitis. In the last five years, more than 60 clinical trials have been conducted involving many different digestive disorders.
The UAB liver transplantation program is one of the best in the country based on volume and survival.
The Division also offers patient support with a Liver Disease Support Group that includes an informative newsletter and regular meetings. A wide variety of specialized clinics serve the individualized needs of people in a supportive and convenient way.