Nationally acclaimed for innovative options and superior outcomes

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a nationally recognized leader in digestive health care. We diagnose and treat diseases that affect the digestive tract including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), pancreas, liver and biliary tract.

We have a well-rounded team of experienced clinicians and surgeons who are experts in the treatment of digestive diseases. As central Ohio's only academic medical center, Ohio State stands at the forefront of innovative research and medicine, bringing our patients advanced options for their healthcare needs.

Why choose Ohio State for digestive care

  • In 2014, Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center received the "2014 Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award" from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. The award recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in bowel obstruction treatment, colorectal surgeries, gallbladder removal, esophageal/stomach surgeries, treatment of gastrointestinal bleeds, treatment for pancreatitis, and small intestine surgeries. Patients who have these treatments or surgeries at these nationally recognized hospitals have a lower risk of dying or experiencing a complication during their hospital stay.
  • Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is the highest rated hospital in central Ohio in the "America's Best Hospitals" list by U.S.News & World Report. Among the list are our digestive diseases experts who regularly rank as "High Performers."
  • Ohio State's Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery is nationally recognized for its innovative treatment options for digestive disorders including gastroesophageal reflux disease, gall bladder disease, and solid organ diseases and disorders.
  • In collaboration with the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the colon, rectum, pancreas, esophagus and stomach.

Featured Programs

BiliaryDisorders Biliary Disorders

Biliary Disorders

Variety of conditions affecting bile ducts or gallbladder

Gallstones Gallstones

Gallstones

Hard particles that develop in gallbladder

InflammatoryBowelDisease Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Swollen intestines and bowels including Chron’s and ulcerative colitis

Pancreatitis Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis

Inflammation of pancreas that can be acute or chronic

All Diseases and Conditions

Achalasia

Ascites is a fluid buildup in the space between the lining of the abdomen and abdominal organs. The lower esophageal sphincter may not function as well for people with achalasia.

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Anal Cancer

Anal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the anus.

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Appendicitis

A blockage inside of the appendix causes appendicitis and can lead to increased pressure, problems with blood flow and inflammation. The appendix can become blocked by feces, a foreign object, or rarely, a tumor. If the blockage is not treated, the appendix can burst and spread infection into the abdomen.

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Ascites

Ascites is a fluid buildup in the space between the lining of the abdomen and abdominal organs.

Bariatric Surgery

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Program specializes in helping people with severe obesity, a condition that puts people at very high risk for suffering from other chronic and life-threatening medical problems.

Barrett's Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus is a precancerous condition in which the tissue lining the esophagus is replaced with tissue similar to the intestinal lining.

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Biliary Disorders

Biliary  disorders encompass a variety of conditions affecting the bile ducts or gallbladder. Some can cause a problem with the flow of bile from the liver to the small intestines.

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Carcinoma (Islet Cell)

Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors form in hormone-making cells (islet cells) of the pancreas.

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Celiac Disease

Celiac disease damages the small intestine by interfering with the absorption of nutrients from food. People with celiac disease are unable to tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley.

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Choledocholithiasis

Choledocholithiasis is the presence of at least one gallstone in the common bile duct, the small tube that carries bile from the gallbladder to the intestine. Although risk factors include a history of gallstones, choledocholithiasis can also occur in people who have had their gallbladder removed.

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Chron's Disease

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disorder, the cause of which is unknown. It occurs when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon.

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Colon and Rectal Polyps

Colon or rectal polyps are broadly defined as raised lesions from the colon and large intestine wall. Colon and rectal polyps rarely cause symptoms and are usually found when a colonoscopy is performed as a screening test or to investigate unrelated symptoms.

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Colon Volvulus

A colon volvulus is an abnormal twisting of a portion of the gastrointestinal tract which can impair blood flow. Colon volvulus generally has a sudden onset. The area of intestine above the obstruction caused by the colon volvulus continues to function and fills with food, fluid and gas.

Constipation

Constipation means that a person has three or fewer bowel movements in a week. With constipation, the stool can be hard and dry and is sometimes painful to pass. In most cases, it lasts a short time and is not serious.

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Diarrhea

Diarrhea means loose, watery stools more than three times in one day. With diarrhea, you may also have cramps, bloating, nausea and an urgent need to have a bowel movement.

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Diverticular Disease

Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward through the colon or large intestine. Diverticulosis becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over age 60 have it. Doctors believe the main cause is a low-fiber diet.

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Dysmotility

Dysmotility occurs when certain muscles, including the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines fail to work normally when moving food, drink and medication through the gastrointestinal tract.

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Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the esophagus.

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Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver develops because the liver has difficulty breaking down fats, causing a buildup in the tissue and hampering its functions. Approximately 30 percent of American adults are affected by non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Fecal Incontinence

People suffering from fecal incontinence may be unable to hold a bowel movement before reaching a toilet and/or may pass stool into their underwear. Although fecal incontinence is quite common, it can be upsetting and embarrassing. However, you should discuss any fetal incontinence issues with your doctor as it is often caused by a medical problem and is treatable.

Focal Nodular Hyperplasia

Focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) is a common form of benign liver tumor that occurs mainly in women ages 20-30. These tumors have no symptoms and are generally discovered during imaging tests for other conditions and only surgically removed to avoid the risk of rupture.

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Gallbladder Cancer

Gallbladder cancer is a form of Gastrointestinal cancer (cancer of the digestive system), along with cancers of the esophagus, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon) and rectum.  

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Gallstones

Gallstones are hard particles that develop in the gallbladder that can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball.

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Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is often mistaken for stomach flu although it is actually an inflammation of the lining of the intestines caused by a virus, bacteria or parasites. Symptoms of gastroenteritis include diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, headache, fever and chills.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Heartburn)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter, which acts as a valve between the esophagus and stomach, becomes weak or relaxes, causing stomach contents to rise up.

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H. Pylori Gastritis

The term gastritis refers specifically to abnormal inflammation in the stomach lining. People who have gastritis may experience pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting but many people with gastritis have no symptoms.

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Hepatitis (A, B, C)

Viruses cause most cases of hepatitis which is known as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. Drug or alcohol use can also cause hepatitis. In other cases, your body mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the liver. Some people with hepatitis have no symptoms.

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Hepatobiliary Disease

The hepatobiliary system involves the liver as well as the gallbladder, bile ducts and/or bile. Causes of hepatobiliary disease may include viral, bacterial and parasitic infections; alcohol consumption, poor nutrition, metabolic disorders and cardiac failure, resulting in hepatitis, cirrhosis, bile duct stones, liver tumors, cholangioarcinoma, hepaticadenoma and other conditions.

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach and/or other intra-abdominal contents have abnormally protruded through the diaphragm into the chest.  

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) occurs when the intestines and bowels become red and swollen and can include disorders such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

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Liver Cancer

Adult primary liver cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the liver.

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Motility Disorders

Motility disorders involve abnormal contractions of the esophagus, stomach or intestines and can be applied to any location within the digestive tract, from the esophagus to the rectum.

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Neuroendocrine Disorders

Since the neuroendocrine system involves both nervous stimulation and endocrine secretion, its dysfunction is the underlying cause of many gastrointestinal disorders.  Neuroendocrine malfunctions may range from an excess of peptides found in gut tumors to deficiencies resulting in achalasia and Hirschsprung's disease (congenital blockage of the large intestine).  Other neuroendocrine-related conditions may be the underlying cause of irritable bowel syndrome, pseudo obstructions, chronic constipation, Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction and others.

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas.

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Pancreatic Cysts

Pancreatic cysts are fluid-filled, sac-like lesions or pockets occurring in the pancreas. Most pancreatic cysts are noncancerous and have no symptoms. They are often found during unrelated imaging tests of the stomach and abdomen.

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Pancreatitis (Acute and Chronic)

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and can be acute or chronic.

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Paraesphogeal Hernias

A paraesphogeal hernia is a type of hiatal hernia located between the gastroesophageal junction and the diaphragm. Symptoms may include GERD (gastric reflux), chest pain, upper abdominal pain and difficulty swallowing.

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Peptic Ulcer Disease

A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of your stomach (gastric ulcer) or your duodenum, the first part of your small intestine (duodenal ulcer). Peptic ulcers occur when the acids that help you digest food damage the walls of the stomach or duodenum. 

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Rectal Cancer

Rectal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the rectum.

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Rectal Prolapse

Rectal prolapse happens when a portion of or all of the rectum’s wall slides out of place. Rectal prolapse is most common in children and older adults, particularly women.

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Rectal Tumors

Rectal tumors may be benign or cancerous. Mostly benign forms may include polyps, skin tags and anal warts. However, rectal tumors must be carefully monitored as they may harbor pre-cancerous conditions. While many anal cancers can be found early, those located higher up in the anal canal may be more difficult to diagnose.

Small Intestine Cancer

Small intestine cancer is a form of Gastrointestinal cancer (cancer of the digestive system), along with cancers of the esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, large intestine (colon) and rectum.

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Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

Gastric cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lining of the stomach.

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an irritable bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon.

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Recommended Screenings

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy checks your large intestine (colon) for abnormal growths or other problems using a narrow, flexible tube with a light and camera that goes through your rectum and into your colon.

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Upper Endoscopy

An EGD is also called an upper endoscopy. It is done with a narrow, flexible tube that has a camera and lights that goes in through your mouth into the upper digestive tract. It allows your doctor to look into your esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine called the duodenum. This tests helps your doctor diagnose illnesses and make plans for treatment if needed.

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