GI Fellowship Program

UF Health – Shands Hospital

  • The 576-bed UF Health Shands Hospital and the UF Health Physicians Clinics serve as a tertiary care referral center that averages 23,500 inpatient admissions and 280,000 outpatient visits per year. The Medicine Service occupies 100 beds including a 14-bed ICU-CCU. The patient population is varied and includes a broad range of severity and complexity of illness. Approximately 50% of the patients are referred by physicians throughout the State of Florida and southern Georgia for specialized care or procedures. Another 20% are admitted through the department’s outpatient clinics, while 30% of all patients are admitted from the emergency department for serious acute and chronic medical problems.
  • There is a 16-bed inpatient Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition service at Shands Hospital devoted to patients with digestive and liver diseases. Consultation services are provided at Shands Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The state-of-the-art computerized video endoscopy suites at Shands Hospital and the Gainesville VA Medical Center provide full service diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and performed over 12,000 endoscopic procedures in 2012-2013. Shands Hospital at the University of Florida is one of the country’s top 10 most active liver transplant programs, performing over 100 liver transplants per year.
  • The unique gastrointestinal diagnostic laboratory offers testing that is often not found at other medical centers. Studies include pancreatic secretory tests, 14C and 13C xylose breath tests for detecting bacterial overgrowth, Helicobacter pylori breath test, serum trypsin levels, esophageal and anorectal manometry, 24 hour pH studies and evaluation of small bowel motility. These capabilities attract patients to the medical center from all over the United States.

VA Medical Center

  • The Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is an acute-care general medical-surgical hospital located across the street from Shands Hospital. The GI division provides consultative services to inpatients, runs an active endoscopy suite, and staffs five outpatient GI clinics. The VAMC is a major referral center for veterans in the southeastern United States providing gastrointestinal and hepatology care to 70,000 veterans in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System.