From Our Center Director

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I am pleased to share the exciting news that gastroenterology services at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center continue to be nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Our rankings have shown continuous improvement year over year and now hold the highest adult sub-specialty ranking in the health system. The rankings are a result of our ongoing pursuit of excellence in patient care, research, and teaching. In the coming months we look forward to expanding our family of experts with new faculty recruitment to meet the growing needs of patients and referring physicians. With the successful addition of current faculty, we have been able to expand our services into several community locations. The division now provides services at UH Cleveland Medical Center, UH Ahuja Medical Center, UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center, UH Westlake Health Center, and UH Twinsburg Health Center.

The past few months have been a productive and successful time in our division for both clinical and basic science research. Several Investigators have received NIH awards studying predictors and outcomes of various digestive health conditions. In addition, a number of faculty have obtained Principal Investigator roles on multiple pharmaceutical clinical trials offering new, innovative therapies and treatments options for patients. We were thrilled to be awarded the first multiple-principal investigator combined training grant (T32) in digestive health, awarded by the NIH to the Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Lerner College of Medicine. The training grant supports post-doctoral fellows (MD’s, PhD’s, and MD/PhD’s) to obtain training in digestive disease sciences for a period of three years. The unique feature of this training program is that trainees will have the option to train either at the CCF Lerner Research Institute, or the CWRU School of Medicine, with the ability to choose among twenty mentors whose laboratories are supported by more than 20 million dollars a year in NIH funding. We are excited that for the first time we will have the opportunity to bring the best students and residents in the country to train in digestive disease sciences at two outstanding institutions. The combined research training program is consistent with the successful model of the CTSC grant headed by our Dean.

With regards to our patient care delivery, we continue to strengthen and provide medical leadership for our University Hospitals Digestive Health Institute. The Institute allows specialists in gastroenterology and hepatology, colorectal and general surgery, anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology to join together to provide comprehensive, up-to-date digestive care to patients. Digestive Health Institute providers utilize a multidisciplinary approach, enabling patients to receive the best treatment plan, decided by the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals. With several community and combined clinic locations, patients can receive the expertise of a tertiary medical center close to their home.

If you’d like more information on our clinical services please visit our UH Digestive Health Institute website, or please call us at 216-844-7344 if you’d like to speak with someone.