The Digestive Diseases Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix

1441 N. 12th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 521-5180

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Digestive diseases and disorders range from uncomfortable and annoying to life limiting and even life threatening. At the Digestive Diseases Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, you will find a hub of highly coordinated, specialized care for virtually all conditions affecting the digestive system. These include gastrointestinal issues of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment may include noninvasive, minimally invasive or traditional surgical options as well as a range of non-surgical treatments and medical therapies.

From colorectal cancer treatment and colon cancer screening to digestive disorders and general digestive health, the specialists at the Digestive Diseases Institute and our specialized Swallowing and Reflux Center of Excellence, Interventional Endoscopy ServicesPancreaticobiliary Center of Excellence and General GI Clinic have the experience to care for your digestive concerns.

How to make an appointment

To make an appointment to see one of our gastrointestinal physicians, please call (602) 521-5180.

Forms

If you have additional questions, have not heard from us, or need additional forms, please notify the department at either the phone number or email address provided. Our digestive health specialists look forward to serving your needs.

About the Institute

There are two specialized digestive centers and a general GI clinic under the Digestive Diseases Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. Future centers of excellence will  provide specialized care in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), functional bowel disorders and small bowel disorders. Our Interventional Endoscopy Services include highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians provide complex endoscopic interventions for patients in need of advanced procedures including but not limited to complex pancreatobiliary interventions, endoscopic ultrasound, radiofrequency ablation, and diagnosis of small bowel bleeds. The Swallowing and Reflux Center offers care for disorders of the throat, esophagus and stomach. The Pancreaticobiliary Center of Excellence treats many conditions of the pancreas and biliary tract. Our General GI Clinic sees patients with a variety of gastrointestinal problems.

Conditions treated
Among the gastrointestinal conditions treated at the Digestive Dieases Institute are:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Biliary stones, strictures and tumors
  • Celiac disease
  • Complex hilar strictures
  • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticulitis and symptomatic diverticulosis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)/acid reflux
  • Gastrointestinal cancers (i.e. esophageal, gastric, colon and rectal, pancreatic, liver, etc.)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Diverticulitis
  • Liver disease, hepatitis and cirrhosis with and without complications
  • Lynch syndrome and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Motility disorders of gastrointestinal tract
  • Pancreatitis and pancreatic cysts and other benign pancreatic conditions
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Unexplained abdominal pain and/or bleeding

Screening and diagnosis
Some of the medical techniques and technologies used to screen and diagnose digestive disorders include:

  • Anorectal manometry and biofeedback
  • Catheter-free pH testing
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (diagnosis and treatment)
  • Esophageal motility testing
  • Esophageal pH monitoring
  • Fecal microbial transplant
  • Fine-needle aspiration
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroscopy (upper endoscopy)
  • Hemorrhoidal banding
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement

Treatment options
Specialized procedural therapies, in addition to comprehensive medical and nutritional treatments, all of which are tailored to the individual needs of each patient, may include:

  • Balloon and spiral enteroscopy
  • Celiac plexus neurolysis (nerve block)
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
  • Endoscopic sub-mucosal dissection (ESD)
  • Gastric bypass and endoscopic therapy for obesity
  • Minimally invasive anti-reflux surgery
  • Organ transplantation
  • Peripancreatic necrosectomy
  • Per-oral endoscopic myomectomy
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)/cryoablation
  • Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) procedure for GERD
  • Whipple procedure

Our Providers

Research

The University of Arizona, in coordination with Banner – University Medicine, conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials to support a commitment to improving patient care. As a patient at Banner – University Medical Center, you may be eligible to participate, meaning you’ll have access to new treatments, which may not yet be available to the public.

Fellowship and Residency Programs

Health and Prevention

The Digestive Diseases Institute encourages everyone in our community to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent serious gastrointestinal diseases such as colon and pancreatic cancer. The most important actions you can take are to not smoke, maintain a healthy weight and limit alcohol consumption.

Colon cancer screening can drastically reduce the incidence of this disease. Read more about colon cancer screening and pancreatic cancer prevention from the American Cancer Society.