Gastroenterology

Indiana University Health gives patients access to comprehensive, nationally recognized screening techniques, diagnostic procedures and medical and surgical treatments for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases affecting the digestive tract, including the liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

The gastroenterology department at Indiana University Health University Hospital includes specialized GI radiologists, pathologists, nurse practitioners and psychologists. It is the only GI team in Indiana with full-time psychologists on faculty and a board certified bariatrician on staff to medically manage obesity. One of the top-three colonoscopy experts in the world is on staff. The physicians at IU Health University Hospital are dedicated to advancing gastroenterology medicine and training future experts through the department's fellowship program.

We are recognized for our endoscopy expertise and research advancements made through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine. Our findings enable us to bring new technologies and treatment plans directly to our patients, including minimally invasive robotic pancreatic surgery, 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.

We offer personalized education, prevention and treatment options to control your symptoms and manage your disease. Diagnosis and treatment is offered for liver disease, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, pancreatitis, liver injury, small bowel tumors, Barrett’s esophagus, gastrointestinal bleeding and all other gastrointestinal concerns. Our specialized programs, include our Double & Single Balloon Enteroscopy Program, Barrett's Treatment Program and Endoscopic Ultrasound Procedures (EUS) Program, ensure you receive high quality, continuous care. 

Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

The colorectal cancer screening program at IU Health is one of the most comprehensive in the United States. IU Health University Hospital serves as a referral center for colonoscopies that have failed elsewhere. We are experienced in removing abnormally large polyps and ones typically difficult to remove due to location. IU Health physicians also help develop optimal colonoscopy strategies that are implemented at other locations, including those for:

  • Bowel prep
  • Procedural sedation
  • Colonoscopy equipment and techniques
  • Quality metrics

Gastrointestinal (GI) Motility Program

The GI Motility Clinic is a comprehensive referral center for the evaluation and treatment of patients with GI motility and functional bowel disorders, such as achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastroparesis, functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and fecal incontinence. We offer extensive services only available at a nationally recognized hospital level, including:

  • Gastric electrical stimulation for gastroparesis (temporary and permanent)
  • Medical and surgical treatment of complex esophageal disorders
  • Biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders
  • Other therapies available under clinical research studies

The motility laboratory utilizes innovative technology to diagnose GI disorders. Procedures offered include:

  • High-resolution esophageal impedance and manometry. Measures the strength and function of the muscles in the esophagus to evaluate the cause of GERD. The test is also used to determine the cause of problems with swallowing, such as food or liquids getting stuck in the chest after swallowing, and to evaluate patients with chest pain that may be coming from the esophagus rather than the heart. Finally, the test may be needed to correctly place an acid-sensing probe (pH probe) in the esophagus.
  • Ambulatory esophageal pH and impedance monitoring. Used to evaluate for GERD and to determine the effectiveness of medicines that prevent acid reflux and as part of a pre-operative evaluation before anti-reflux surgery.
  • Bravo esophageal pH wireless monitoring. Determines the effectiveness of medicines that prevent acid reflux by measuring the amount of acid refluxing or backing up from the stomach into the esophagus.
  • Hydrogen breath test (lactose, lactulose, glucose and fructose challenge). Provides information about the digestion of certain sugars or carbohydrates, such as milk sugar (lactose) or fruit sugar (fructose) to determine lactose intolerance or to detect abnormal growth of bacteria within the small bowel.
  • High-resolution anorectal manometry with compliance. Measures the strength, sensation and coordination of the rectal and anal sphincter muscles in patients with diarrhea, fecal incontinence and constipation.
  • Small bowel manometry (antroduodenal manometry). Provides information regarding the muscle activity of the stomach and small bowel to determine what area of the GI tract is not working properly—the stomach, the small intestine or both.
  • Electrogastrography with provocation. Provides information on electrical activity of the stomach, which is commonly abnormal in patients with nausea and vomiting.
  • Gastric neurostimulator analysis. Evaluates the function of the gastric electrical stimulator in patients with severe gastroparesis.
  • SmartPill® (wireless whole gut transit/motility capsule). Uses wireless sensor technology to measure pressure, pH and temperature throughout the entire digestive tract. It collects data and sends it to a wireless data receiver, which can be downloaded to a computer providing the physician with information to evaluate the patient’s stomach, small bowel and colon.
  • Video capsule endoscopy. Examines the lining of the middle part of the GI tract, which includes the three portions of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum) that cannot be reached by traditional upper endoscopy or by colonoscopy. This procedure is useful for detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), ulcers and tumors of the small intestine.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

IU Health University Hospital offers the only inflammatory bowel disease program in the state. A team of physicians and specialists with extensive expertise leads the program, diagnosing and managing patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The team is also highly involved in industry-sponsored clinical studies and clinical research.

Hepatology Program

The IU Health University Hospital Hepatology Program is one of the largest in the country and has been a pioneer in the field of innovative hepatitis C treatments. The program treats patients with all forms of acute and chronic liver disease, fulminant liver failure, cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease. We are heavily involved in researching liver disease, specifically fatty liver disease, drug hepatotoxicity, sclerosing cholangitis and alcoholic liver disease to improve patient outcomes.

Liver Transplant Program

With very short wait times that average less than six months and high patient and surgical graft outcomes, IU Health University Hospital is home to one of the largest small bowel and multivisceral transplant programs in the country. Patients come from all across the country to IU Health University Hospital to receive their multivisceral, small bowel or liver transplant.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Program

The highly skilled physicians at IU Health University Hospital perform more than 3,000 ERCP procedures each year, providing exceptional care to patients from more than 40 states and many different countries. IU Health University Hospital has become a referral center for ERCP procedures that have failed elsewhere due to our extensive expertise in the field. The leading edge therapeutic options offered at IU Health University Hospital include stone extraction, stent placement, lithotripsy, spyglass procedures and photodynamic therapy. Our ongoing research in biliary stricture management and sphincter of Oddi dysfunction will help make sure future patients receive the most innovative treatment methods available.

Additional Contact Information

For Patients
Call direct: 317.944.5000
We are located at: 550 N University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202

For Physicians
Any healthcare provider may refer a patient to IU Health University Hospital Gastroenterology.
Call direct: 317.944.5000