UAB Medicine

Pancreatic Disorders - Why UAB?

UAB researchers and physicians are discovering exciting new options for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Their innovative work with antibodies and new drugs could make this deadly disease easier to treat. New clinical trials further their knowledge.

UAB physicians are known for their ability to work with difficult and unusual problems in a multidisciplinary approach. With numerous specialties gathered under a single roof, they can gather expert opinions for patients with complex illness.

The UAB Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is ranked as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Many of our doctors are cited as the Best in the Country.

The Division was founded by the inventor of the endoscope, which revolutionized GI diagnosis, Basil Hirschowitz. The Division just celebrated its 51st year. His contribution changed the field and he has received the highest honors from all of the national and international GI societies.

Our Interventional Endoscopy Group, especially endoscopic ultrasound, is one of the busiest in the country and has produced numerous publications advancing the field.

UAB continues to lead the advancement of Gastroenterology and Hepatology with more than a dozen active clinical trials. These trials offer the latest in treatments, therapies, drugs, and other novel approaches. Our physicians and scientists are also searching for the root of many illnesses through basic research in order to seek cures.  

Every day, the UAB Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology treats approximately 24 patients in the hospital, and annually, they see more than 10,000 patients suffering from a variety of conditions and diseases and perform 5,000 procedures from tests to surgery.