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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 Web site, 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.