Programs & Services
Hepatitis Treatment Center
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
GI/Liver Diseases in HIV Infection
Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases
Gastroesphageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Liver Center/Transplantation Program
The Swallowing center provides patient care and conducts research in Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Dysphagia. Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation guides treatment of complex swallowing problems and includes: High resolution Esophageal Manometry and Impedance, Ambulatory Esophageal pH/Impedance and Esophageal pH Measurement (catheter based and BRAVO), provided by the GI Motility Program. Videofluoroscopic Assessment and Endoscopy are provided by Radiology and the Endoscopy service. The Swallowing Center is located at the Healthcare Consultation Center II, at 1520 San Pablo Street.
The USC Hepatitis Treatment Center provides comprehensive disease management for patients with all forms of viral hepatitis. Patients are treated with the latest FDA-approved therapies and are evaluated for inclusion in clinical trials using investigational drug treatments.
In conjunction with the USC departments of radiology, colorectal surgery, and oncology, USC gastroenterologists utilize a state-of-the-art program for the early diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. This includes consultation, genetic counseling, colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy, laparoscopic surgery, and the most recent advances in chemotherapy. We also provide consultative and treatment services for patients with irregular bowel movements. Faculty members are currently conducting research on colon cancer epidemiology, the genetic markers of colon cancer, and colonoscopy outcomes with respect to indication. Evaluation and management of hemorrhoidal disease is also offered with special emphasis on innovative, non-surgical endoscopic treatment.
USC's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program includes consultative services and a full range of endoscopic, medical, and surgical therapies. USC gastroenterologists and surgeons work together, attending a combined inflammatory bowel disease conference where they discuss their most challenging cases. The program's research interests include the relationship of demographics and genetics to prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease and the predictors of response to advanced medical treatments known as "biologics".
Consultation and endoscopic evaluation is available for patients living with HIV who have gastrointestinal problems such as dysphagia, bleeding, vomiting or diarrhea, pancreatic or biliary tract disorders, and liver disease, including concomitant and viral hepatitis.
Full consultative and endoscopic services are available for individuals with pancreatic and biliary diseases, including biliary pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic pseudocysts, gallstone disease, biliary and pancreatic malignancies, and post-liver transplantation complications. New endoscopic techniques are available to help manage these complex cases.
The latest consultative and diagnostic evaluations are used to manage all aspects of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These techniques include- but are not limited to: High resolution manometry and impedance, esophageal pH monitoring (including wireless, BRAVO) and ambulatory pH impedance, provided by the GI Motility Program, capsule esophagoscopy, endoscopy and radiologic imaging studies. Ongoing research interests include the management of atypical GERD and the development of new anti-reflux procedures.
Consultation and management of obscure bleeding is offered using specialized techniques such as push enteroscopy, capsule endoscopy and deep enteroscopy using the Spirus technique.
The USC Liver Center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of hepatologists, hepato-biliary/transplant surgeons, interventional/body imaging radiologists, and pathologists. This innovative program offers a full range of consultative and evaluation services for patients with all forms of liver disease and patients who require liver transplantation. Our hepatologists have expertise in the diagnosis and management of a range of liver conditions, including viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, and portal hypertension complications.