About the Section

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery provides care for patients with complex and routine gastrointestinal surgical problems. Our group consists of seven surgeons with advanced training and expertise in surgical management of all aspects of gastrointestinal diseases including cancer and benign conditions.

We offer minimally invasive approaches for most surgically treated gastrointestinal diseases including robotic surgery and single incision laparoscopic surgery for certain diseases. The section of GI surgery offers unique expertise in pancreatic islet cell transplantation for chronic pancreatitis and is the only program in the southeast to do so. We have a Level 1A Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence accredited by the American College of Surgeons and an accredited fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgical training.

The Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery works closely with the Divisions of Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Radiology and Medical Oncology to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care for Colorectal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Esophageal Motility disorders and Endocrine disorders.

Members of our group have several active areas of investigation. The University of Alabama at Birmingham has one of only five Specialized Programs of Research Excellence in Pancreatic cancer, allowing our patients access to participate in novel diagnostic and treatment modalities. In addition, we collaborate with a group of investigators developing algorithms to systematically identify patients at high risk for surgical complications in order to allow for pre-operative interventions to make surgical procedures safer. We are also working on understanding fat cell biology and its role in the development of obesity and the metabolic syndrome.

We invite you to browse through the homepage for Gastrointestinal Surgery to learn more about our surgeons, programs, educational and research initiatives.