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Practice spotlight: UMA-Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Published on March 2, 2012

UofL Physicians’s gastroenterology physician specialists at University Medical Associates (UMA) – Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition involve a wide spectrum of clinicians to offer the most comprehensive care to their patients, including dieticians, pharmacists and visiting nurses. The mission of the practice’s 17 physicians is to provide high-quality clinical care for the spectrum of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. Areas of specialty include: end-stage liver disease care, gastroenterology, Hepatitis C treatment, hepatology, liver diseases, liver transplant evaluation and care, and nutritional assessments.

With UofL Physicians surgeons, UMA’s Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition practice has been implanting gastric electrical stimulators for severe gastroparesis and offering minimal invasive surgery of the esophagus and stomach in the past 13 years.

The practice has been performing high-resolution esophageal manometry for swallowing problems; pH-impedance test for acid and non-acid reflux; SmartPill for wireless GI transit; hydrogen breath for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth; and high-resolution anorectal manometry/compliance for constipation and fecal incontinence.

The practice’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic cares for patients affected with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and accepts new patients and referrals. The clinic’s physicians have extensive experience with the medical management of complex IBD cases. Patients may benefit from enhancements of their current therapy, or obtain access to the newest therapeutic agents through clinical trials programs.

The practice’s liver program led by Craig McClain, M.D., Chief, Research Affairs, is second-to-none in the region with physicians boarded in hepatology and transplantation, as well as multiple NIH-sponsored scientific and translational studies for liver-related diseases.

The practice also has physicians boarded in nutrition who are actively involved in obesity research.

“We are committed to improving the understanding of gastrointestinal and liver diseases from the bench to the bedside,” said Kristine Krueger, M.D., Chief of Academic and Clinical Affairs. “We continually strive for excellence in patient care, and we are here for you from diagnosis through every stage of treatment.” Patients are seen at the UofL Health Care Outpatient Center, Suite 310. To schedule an appointment or to refer a patient, call 502-813-6500.