Section of Digestive Diseases

At West Virginia University, the Department of Digestive Disease provides diagnosis and treatment to patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas. The integrated diagnostic approach employed by our department offers quality results to physicians and their patients. Our Digestive Diseases department is comprised of a prestigious and dedicated staff committed to giving patients high quality care. And, as the region's most trusted and exemplary academic medical center, West Virginia University is devoted to fostering greatness in future physicians.

Mission and Goals

The West Virginia University Section of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, offers the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of adult patients across the region with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas. State of the art facilities support five Clinical Faculty, Board Certified in Gastroenterology, as well as two Advanced Nurse Practitioners specializing in Gastroenterology.

Additionally, two research faculty members comprise the Section. Over $3.5 million of NIH Funds support the study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 4200 square feet of brand new, world class laboratory facilities is dedicated to the support of this goal.

In addition to exemplary patient care and world class research, The Section of Digestive Diseases is devoted to training gastroenterologists and physicians of the future. The recently established fellowship training program offers a first-class training opportunity to physicians wishing to pursue a career in Academic Gastroenterology.

Available diagnostic and therapeutic procedures:

  • diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
  • esophageal manometry and ambulatory esophageal pH monitoring
  • laser applications for treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies
  • liver biopsy
  • small bowel biopsy
  • management of esophageal strictures and achalasia
  • endoscopic removal of polyps from stomach and colon
  • sclerotherapy of esophageal
  • varices - Banding of esophageal
  • vances
  • endoscopic control of
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • percutaneous endoscopic
  • gastrostomy - PEG/-J