Having recently joined the University of Arizona as division chief, I am excited by the potential for growth and advancement within the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Most important, we are investing in our people. The division is currently reviewing faculty applicants that can continue to improve our delivery of health care to increasing numbers of patients that seek us out for treatment of a variety of liver related disorders...

Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology provides comprehensive resources for the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases. These include disorders of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, gall bladder, liver and bile ducts. We are committed to excellence in patient care, education and research in digestive diseases (gastroenterology) and liver disorders (hepatology).

Our division has an outstanding group of renowned physicians and researchers with expertise in diseases of the esophagus, liver, pancreas and colon. Our primary clinical teaching facilities are the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South hospitals. The division is involved in liver transplantation and works closely with the University of Arizona Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center in the state, to provide innovative, cutting-edge treatments for cancers of the gastrointestinal system.

Within our division also is the Liver Research Institute, a unit dedicated to the advancement of liver related research. This unit provides a foundation from which physician scientists can do basic and translational research related solely to liver disorders.

In our Endoscopy Lab, we perform both routine and advanced procedures that are not offered by others in the region. We function as a center for the development of new and advanced imaging techniques, working closely with some of the best biomedical researchers and optical engineers in the nation.

With our diverse research activities and our dedication to the education of future physicians in this field, we are able to provide a breadth of expertise that is unparalleled in the region. As we expand our services, we will create new centers of excellence that will not only provide state-of-the-art care but also facilitate new discoveries.

News

Promoted, New Faculty Recognized at College’s Summer General Faculty Meeting

Congratulations to the eight new faculty and 12 recently promoted faculty in the University of Arizona Department of Medicine and beyond who were recognized Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the first UA College of Medicine – Tucson General Faculty Meeting hosted in the Health Sciences Innovation Building. See who they are as well as video and photos from the meeting…


Transition in Leadership at University of Arizona Cancer Center Announced

Dr. William Cance, interim director for the University of Arizona Cancer Center, has accepted a new position as chief medical and scientific officer at the American Cancer Society, announced Dr. Michael D. Dake, MD, senior vice president, UA Health Sciences. Dr. Joan Sweasy, formerly of the Yale Cancer Center, was named the new interim director, and Hematology and Oncology Chief Dr. Julie Bauman was named deputy director…


Environmental Health Science Pilot Grants Available from SWEHSC – Apply Today!

Considering research in environmental health sciences? The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC), part of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s Center for Toxicology, is on the hunt for pilot project applicants. Win an award up to $40,000 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, an NIH unit, for research on how the environment affects people to promote healthier lives. Deadline: 5 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6. Learn more…


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