Patient Care

Physicians in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology practice primarily at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South campus facilities in Tucson. They provide comprehensive clinical care for a variety of disorders affecting the digestive system. These include diseases that involve functions of the liver, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, gall bladder and biliary system.

Our faculty also are involved in digestive diseases research and training of the next generation of physicians. That makes us ideally poised to provide the most up-to-date information and the latest treatments to patients in this constantly changing subspecialty. Our endoscopy specialists offer expertise in gastroinestinal (GI) therapies, tests and procedures that are unique to the region. 

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Conditions

With a multidisciplinary team approach for inpatient and outpatient evaluations and medical procedures, we work closely with the UA Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center in the state. We also work closely with gastrointestinal, colon and transplant surgeons in the UA Department of Surgery as well as other specialists including medical imagers, lab pathologists, endocrinologists, pharmacologists, allergists and nutritionists at Tucson's UA Health Sciences colleges, to provide outstanding, comprehensive care in the following areas:

Disorders of the Esophagus

Disorders of the Stomach & Duodenum

Disorders of the Intestines

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Disorders of the Colon

Disorders of the Liver

Gall Bladder and Bile Duct Disorders

Pancreatic Disorders

Others

  • Unexplained abdominal pain
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss

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Hepatitis C Screening Clinics

As a service to the community, the UA Liver Research Institute—an affiliate of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology—offers free hepatitis antibody screenings on Fridays, 8-10:30 a.m., at Banner – UMC Tucson’s 6th Floor Adult Medicine Physician Offices. The test is a finger stick with results back in 20 minutes. If positive, patients are referred to their primary care provider for confirmatory testing, which involves an HCV quantitative test and would have an associated cost. For additional information, call our hotline (520) 621-HEPC (4372).

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Advanced EndoScopy

Whether you need a routine colonoscopy or minor procedure to test or remove a cyst or polyp in your intestinal track, we offer state-of-the-art services with the latest technology and minimally invasive operative techniques.

Our specialists do about 50-75 pancreatic resection surgeries and Whipple procedures for pancreatic cancer as well as 600-800 ultrasound procedures annually—including at least 100 endoscopic ultrasounds to track pancreatic cyst neoplasms.

Endoscopic procedures performed:

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Transplants

Through the years, our transplant specialists have performed about 300 liver transplants, 30 pancreas transplants and several intestine transplants for patients suffering from failures of organs in the digestive system, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). We offer complete pre- and post-transplant management services.

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Medical Imaging

Imaging specialists diagnose a variety of gastrointestinal disorders, using a broad variety of techniques such as nuclear based imaging, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound scans.

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Additional Programs

You can find more information and detail about programs and services we offer at these links to the Banner – UMC website:

Additional information can be found at websites for the UA Cancer Center, UA Department of Surgery, UA Liver Transplant Program and UA Pancreas Transplant Program.

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Podcasts

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Videos

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WHERE WE PRACTICE

Not including health-care partner organizations, affiliated community practices and providers, and mobile clinic services offered by our physicians, these are the major facilities where our physicians practice and teach:

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 694-4000

Banner – University Medical Center South
2800 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 874-2000

University of Arizona Cancer Center – North Campus
3838 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 694-2873 (CURE)

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HOW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, please call (520) 694-8888. You can also request an appointment online here (choose gastrenterology, GI cancer or hepatology as the specialty). Or, if you already are a patient with us, you can log-in to MyChart.com to schedule or request an appointment.

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HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL

If you’re a health-care provider and want to make a patient referral with one of our physicians, please contact Physician Resources at (520) 694-5868 or toll-free 1-800-524-5928. You can also use the HealthLink online referral tool to make a physician enquiry.

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