The mission of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to digestive health and to teach the art and science of gastroenterology to highly motivated and accomplished internists.

The Missouri Digestive Health Center offers six lines of service with a specialized team of physicians, nurses, and researchers who are highly trained and dedicated to digestive health. These lines of service include: advanced and therapeutic endoscopy, colorectal cancer screening, liver diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases, neuromuscular and swallowing disorders, and nutritional sciences.

Our physicians, nurses, and researchers are able to provide the best possible care to our patients by utilizing cutting edge technology, advanced research, and effective patient education.


At the Missouri Digestive Health Center, our team of scientists and physician researchers continually searches for the causes of digestive diseases. Our researchers search for and develop therapeutics, which could eventually lead to cures for many digestive diseases. The MDHC consists of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Division of Colorectal Surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. The MDHC has six centers of excellence that treat a full range of digestive disorders. Each center is staffed by physicians who are experts in their field and who have years of experience in treating complex and rare disorders.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Advanced and therapeutic endoscopy
  • Liver disease
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Nutritional sciences

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has one of the most active research programs of any division in the School of Medicine. A number of the faculty members are funded through sources including the NIH, the VA Hospital and private industry.