The Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition (Gastroenterology) is a clinical division engaged in teaching medical students, internal medicine residents, and gastroenterology fellows; provision of state-of-the-art care for patients with digestive disorders; and clinical research.
There are sixteen board certified gastroenterologists on the faculty at present. These include four full-time core faculty based at the USF Medical Clinics and Tampa General Hospital; three full-time faculty at the Swallowing Center; four full-time and two part-time faculty members at the VA, and three faculty members at the Moffitt Cancer Center.
All four full-time core USF faculty are listed in Best Doctors in America 2007. One Swallowing Center faculty is listed in Best Doctors in America 2007. Two faculty members are past presidents of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, three faculty members are past governors of the American College of Gastroenterology for North Florida, three faculty members are past presidents of the Florida Gastroenterologic Society. The faculty are nationally known for their expertise in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, esophageal disorders, gastrointestinal motility disorders, nutritional support, and disease of the pancreas and biliary tract.
Medical Student Teaching
The Division has had an ACGME accredited gastroenterology fellowship program since the early 1970’s with a full component of teaching conferences and lectures. Currently nine fellows are being trained in gastroenterology.
USF Endoscopy and Surgery Center
The Division operates the USF Endoscopy and Surgery Center, which was the first academic ambulatory endoscopy center to open in the U.S. Recently, the Center was cited as one of three excellent academic ambulatory endoscopy centers in the United States in a national publication (Gastroenterology and Hepatology, May 2005). This center provides endoscopic services including screening colonoscopy in a user friendly environment away from the intimidation and prolonged waiting encountered in the hospital.
The Division plays an active role in the Digestive Disorders Center, along with the Division of General Surgery. A division faculty member is a co-director of the Center. This is an interdepartmental activity.
Endoscopy Center TGH
The Director of this Center is a Division faculty member. The majority of endoscopic procedures, including advanced therapeutic procedures performed at the Center are done by Division members. Advanced therapeutic ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, balloon enteroscopy, and all standard procedures are done.
The Division introduced capsule endoscopy to Central Florida and remains the major referral center for this non-invasive endoscopic procedure. Both small bowel and esophageal capsule endoscopy are provided at TGY by a Division faculty member.
Division members are actively engaged in clinical research with an emphasis on esophageal disorders, combined endoscopic surgical procedures, capsule endoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy.