Physicians in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology practice primarily at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South campus facilities in Tucson as well as the new Banner – University Medicine North Multispecialty Outpatient Center.
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.
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
- Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Swallowing disorders
- Esophageal cancer
Disorders of the Stomach & Duodenum
Disorders of the Intestines
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Disorders of the Colon
- Colon cancer screening and surveillance
- Familial colon cancers such as Lynch Syndrome, FAP
- Genetic testing for familial cancers
- Constipation, diarrhea
- Diverticular disease, diverticulitis
Disorders of the Liver
- Viral hepatitis (A, B, C, D,E)
- Liver transplantation
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease | NAFLD/NASH
- Chronic liver diseases [Hispanic Americans] [Native Americans] [African Americans]
- Liver failure
- Liver cancer
- Metabolic Syndrome
Gall Bladder and Bile Duct Disorders
- Acute and chronic pancreatitis
- Pancreatic cancer
- Pancreatic cysts and pseudocysts
- Pancreatic diseases
Hepatitis C Screening Clinics
As a service to the community, the UA Thomas D. Boyer Liver 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).
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:
- Upper endoscopy (EGD)
- Ultra-thin upper endoscopy (using very slim endoscopes)
- Endoscopic treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding
- Banding of esophageal varices
- Colonoscopy — Assessment and removal of large polyps of the colon and stomach
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
- Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
- ERCP (endoscopy of the bile & pancreatic ducts)
- EUS (endoscopic ultrasound)
- Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)
- Enteral stents (stents placed in esophagus and colon to treat obstruction)
- Esophageal dilation
- Esophageal manometry
- Gastroscopy (Upper GI)
- PEG (endoscopically placed stomach feeding tubes)
- Barrett’s ablation (BarrX)
- Capsule endoscopy
- Motility and pH studies
- Liver biopsy
- Reflux studies
- Spiral enteroscopy
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
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.
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.
You can find more information and detail about programs and services we offer at these links to the Banner – UMC website:
- Allergy & Immunology
- Colon & Rectal Cancer
- Diabetes & Metabolism
- Digestive Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Cancer
- Interventional Radiology
- Lab Services
- Liver Transplant
- Medical Imaging
- Pancreas Transplant
- Transplant Services
- Weight Management
Additional information can be found at websites for the UA Cancer Center, UA Department of Surgery – Surgical Services, UA Liver Transplant Program, UA Pancreas Transplant Program and UA Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery.
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
Banner – University Medical Center South
2800 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85714
Banner – University Medicine North
Multispecialty Adult Physician Offices, Bldg. 2, 2nd Flr., Clinic 2F
3838 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
University of Arizona Cancer Center – North Campus
3838 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 694-2873 (CURE)
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 gastroenterology, GI cancer or hepatology as the specialty). Or, if you already are a patient with us, you can log-in to MyBanner Patient Portal to schedule or request an appointment.
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 visit the Information for Physicians webpage and click on "Physician Referral."