Patient Care

Each day millions of Americans struggle with painful and very often debilitating digestive disorders. Digestive diseases include such life-threatening illnesses as inflammatory bowel disease, gut and liver cancers, swallowing disorders or the daily discomfort of heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, dyspepsia and Crohn's Disease.

Digestive diseases have a major impact on health in the U.S. according to recent studies. More than 60 million digestive diseases are reported annually in the United States. The impact of digestive diseases on health in the United States includes 200 million days of restricted activity, 50 million visits to physicians, 10 million hospitalizations and 200,000 deaths according to a recent report from the National Institute of Health.

Most digestive disease can present a diagnostic challenge due to the lack of specific clinical symptoms or signs on physical examination. This may result in expensive and time-consuming diagnostic testing which may not yield answers. Consultation with a subspecialist experienced in gastrointestinal medicine may result in a successful explanation and direction towards treatments.

The overall goal of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is not only to provide state-of-the-art patient care but to advance the field of diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases. On our website, we've focused on our Areas of Excellence in order to provide a view of how innovative patient care and education is provided and to illustrate the important role research plays in developing new and more effective treatments.

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Patient Care Information

MCW Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology physicians and practitioners see patients at two major affiliates – Froedtert Hospital and the Zablocki VA Medical Center – and many other hospitals and clinics in metro Milwaukee and eastern Wisconsin.

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MCW Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology physicians and practitioners provide primary and specialty care at many clinics in metro Milwaukee and eastern Wisconsin.

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Froedtert Hospital's Gastroenterology and Hepatology Services

Referring a Patient

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is staffed by a nationally recognized group of physicians and scientists representing multiple specialties. Their unique collaboration provides a multi-faceted approach to patient care, research and education in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of digestive disease.

If you are an EPIC user, please send a referral through the EPIC system.

If you are not an EPIC user, you may:

  1. Download the appropriate referral form

    GI & Hepatology Clinic Referral Form (PDF)
    GI & Hepatology Endoscopy Lab Referral Form (PDF)

  2. Complete the form making sure to include all patient demographics.
  3. Fax the form with all pertinent medical records to (414) 955-6214.

GI Clinic Registration Instructions

The Dysphagia, Motility, IBD and GI clinics are located in Froedtert West.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time.

If there are any questions or concerns please call (414) 805-2901.

Getting to the Gastroenterology & Hepatology Clinic

GI Diagnostic Lab Registration Instructions

Please arrive in the GI Diagnostic lab at your appointment time; preparation time has been factored in by schedulers.

If your insurance plan requires a referral, please make sure the authorization is complete before the day of your test.

If there are any questions or concerns please call (414) 805-2901.

Directions to the GI Diagnostics Lab (PDF)

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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