Gastroenterology

GI Diagnosis

Each year millions of Americans suffer from some type of digestive system disorder. Gastrointestinal (GI) and digestive system disorders can range from a subtle upset stomach to more severe diseases such as colorectal cancer. Patients who choose Penn are in good hands. Our gastroenterologists have pioneered the latest diagnostic tools and provide comprehensive medical examinations that accurately diagnose the full spectrum of GI disorders.

GI Consultation Services

Our gastroenterologists provide general consultation services to pinpoint the root of a patient's GI symptoms. Dedicated physicians collaborate to offer thorough medical examinations, provide patients with an accurate diagnosis, and develop individualized treatment plans. If it is determined that surgery is required, patients are given a comprehensive surgery consultation to discuss all surgical options.  Specialized centers at Penn Gastroenterology include:

Liver Consultation Services

Our hepatologists (liver specialists) are at the forefront of patient care and research for the treatment of liver disease. Patients with end-stage liver disease are referred to the Penn Transplant Institute for liver transplant evaluation. Each year, more than 300 patients are evaluated and Penn surgeons perform more than 100 liver transplants, making it the largest liver transplant program in the Philadelphia region and one of the top 10 programs in the nation. The success rates for liver transplantation at Penn exceed the national averages.

GI Endoscopy and Diagnostic Testing

Endoscopy involves examining the digestive tract with a tool called an endoscope - a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light and miniature camera. This minimally invasive technique allows physicians to diagnose all types of GI disease without having to perform surgery. We offer the following endoscopic techniques:

Basic Endoscopy Services
Advanced Endoscopy Services
Other non-endoscopy services

GI Cancer Screening and Evaluation Services

Penn is a leader in interventional techniques for the prevention of GI cancers. The Penn Digestive and Liver Center offers high-risk cancer screening and evaluation services for patients that may be genetically predisposed to GI cancers such as:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Liver cancer