Digestive Health Center

Created in 2013, the UAB Digestive Health Center helps patients more effectively manage digestive conditions and improve their lifestyles. The center combines our expertise in gastrointestinal (GI) care, GI surgery, colorectal surgery, and transplant surgery, along with hepatology, which focuses on treating conditions of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and the vessels (known as the biliary tree) that connect those organs. It is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians and other health care professionals, including specialized nurses and staff who are highly skilled in managing patients with GI disease.

We offer the full range of evaluation and testing services in a single location, including a state-of-the-art endoscopy center on site. The Digestive Health Center offers the most advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, which allow for much faster healing and fewer potential complications than with traditional open surgery. Our experts work closely with a variety of other subspecialties, including nutrition and pain management, to provide a comprehensive care plan for your condition and optimize the patient experience. Patients who meet certain criteria can meet with both the medical and surgical teams in a single visit.


UAB Medicine is known worldwide as a leading center for digestive and liver disorders. Our gastroenterology and gastrointestinal (GI) program is consistently ranked among the top programs of its kind in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We see more than 20,000 patients and perform more than 12,000 outpatient procedures each year.

Our specialty at UAB has a notable history. The inventor of the endoscope, Basil Hirschowitz, MD, founded our program more than 50 years ago. His innovation revolutionized GI and other diagnoses around the world and continues to inspire us today. Our interventional endoscopy group, which includes endoscopic ultrasound, is one of the busiest in the country and has risen to become one of the most prestigious both clinically and academically.

UAB continues to lead the advancement of gastroenterology with many active clinical trials that offer the latest in drug therapy and treatment for digestive disorders. Our physicians and scientists are searching for causes and cures for many illnesses through basic research, including studies of the bacteria that inhabit our intestines and affect our health.






UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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