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Created in 2013, the UAB Digestive Health Center helps patients more effectively manage digestive conditions and improve their lifestyles. It is staffed by a multi-specialty team of physicians and other health care professionals, including nurses and technicians who are highly skilled in caring for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disease. UAB Medicine is known worldwide as a leading center for digestive and liver disorders, and our gastroenterology and GI program is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. We see over 20,000 patients and perform more than 12,000 outpatient procedures each year.
The GI specialty at UAB Medicine has a notable history. The inventor of the endoscope, Basil Hirschowitz, MD, founded our program more than 50 years ago. His innovation revolutionized diagnoses for GI and other conditions and continues to inspire us today. Our interventional endoscopy group, which includes endoscopic ultrasound, is among the busiest in the country and has become one of the most prestigious, both clinically and academically. UAB Medicine continues to lead advancements in gastroenterology through many active clinical research trials involving the latest drug therapies and other treatments for digestive disorders. Our physicians and scientists are searching for causes and cures for many illnesses through basic and translational research.