The Digestive 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 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 Institute and our specialized Swallowing and Reflux Center, Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Center 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.

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 Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. At The Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Center 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. Our General GI Clinic sees patients with a variety of gastrointestinal problems.

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

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Biliary stones, strictures and tumors
  • Celiac disease
  • Complex hilar strictures
  • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • 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
  • Lynch syndrome and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Motility disorders
  • Pancreatitis and pancreatic cysts
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Unexplained abdominal pain and/or bleeding

Screening and diagnosis
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
  • Fine-needle aspiration
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroscopy (upper endoscopy)

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 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.