Some highlights of our clinical strengths and expertise:
- We consistently perform more endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) procedures than any other GI program in the United States. Our faculty physicians are pioneers in the field and have developed many of the techniques utilized for these procedures.
- Our liver transplant and small bowel transplant programs are one of the largest in the country with excellent patient outcomes.
- Spearheaded by Dr. Doug Rex, our colorectal cancer screening program is one of the most experienced and innovative programs in the country
- Our hepatitis C program is the most experienced and innovative in the midwest, and its leader, Dr. Paul Kwo, is an internationally recognized authority in the field
- Led by Dr. John Wo, our GI motility program is one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the Midwest United States. Our GI motility laboratory performs high resolution esophageal impedance, Bravo esophageal pH wireless monitoring, transnasal pH and impedance monitoring (for laryngeal symptoms), High resolution anorectal manometry with rectal compliance/sensation, Antroduodenal manometry (for nausea and vomiting of unknown etiology), Hydrogen and Methane breath test, SmartPill wireless whole gut transit/motility capsule, Electrogastrography (EGG), Gastric stimulator check, Capsule endoscopy, and Secretin stimulation test for acid hypersecretion
- We are the only group in the State of Indiana with dedicated expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis) and celiac disease.
- For treatment of precancerous and early stage cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, we offer all advanced luminal endoscopic procedures including endoscopic mucosal resection, photodynamic therapy, radiofrequency ablation, argon plasma coagulation, luminal stenting, polypectomy of small and large polyps
- We are one of the top programs nationally and the only center in Indiana for performing double balloon enteroscopy
- We are the only GI group in entire Indiana to have three full time GI psychologists on faculty
- We are the only GI group in entire Indiana to have a bariatric physician on staff to medically manage obesity.
- We are the only center in Indiana to pioneer cutting edge technologies such as the use of mini scopes to investigate diseases of the pancreas and biliary tree, lithotripsy of pancreatic stones. natural orifice transgastric endoluminal surgery (NOTES), and anti-reflux procedures.
Our research is extensive and is both laboratory-based and patient-oriented. Our group receives more than 7 million dollars of research funding each year from the National Institutes of Health and other extramural sources. We have many faculty members with sustained federal funding (both NIH and VA) and we publish more than 100 full length papers each year in top-tier medical journals. Our faculty members serve as editors and members of the editorial boards of many prestigious biomedical journals. We have faculty members who serve on NIH and VA study sections and on the boards of many other national and international research organizations. Some examples of our research themes include hepatitis C, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, drug hepatotoxicity, alcoholic liver disease, colorectal cancer screening, new endoscopic devices and techniques including those to treat acid reflux, minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to treat precancerous and early cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas and biliary tree, endoscopic treatment of a variety of diseases of the biliary tree and pancreas, endoscopic sedation, sphincter of oddi dysfunction, and cystic tumors of pancreas.
Education and mentoring are critical to our mission. We host one of the most robust general GI and advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowships in the country and we will be starting a dedicated advanced IBD fellowship in July 2012. We are very proud that many of the prominent gastroenterologist's practicing in central Indiana are our former trainees. Our faculty members conduct local CME programs throughout the year in the form of several ERCP and EUS courses, annual GI update course, and annual AASLD update. Many of our faculty members regularly lecture at various national and international meetings.
We renamed our endoscopy units at the University Hospital and the Spring Mill location after Drs. Glen Lehman and Douglas Rex, respectively. We have established David W. Crabb Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology and Hepatology to honor Dr. Crabb's years of dedication and contributions to many missions of the medical school. Our ERCP suite at the University Hospital is undergoing a 10 million dollar renovation and it is expected to become the best equipped unit in the country.
Whether you are a patient looking for a competent and compassionate GI physician, a medical student contemplating a GI elective, a medical resident looking for a GI fellowship, a researcher looking for a collaborator/study site, or if you are looking for a faculty position, please consider giving us a chance. We are very confident that you will not be disappointed.
Naga Chalasani, MD, FACG
David W. Crabb Professor & Director
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Professor of Cellular& Integrative Physiology