OverviewBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Doctors in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive tract and liver. Mayo Clinic gastroenterologists and hepatologists diagnose and treat disorders of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon.
Mayo Clinic has 140 digestive disease specialists (gastroenterologists) on staff, one of the largest such groups in the world. Because of the complexity of digestive diseases, the specialty is divided into nine specialty groups.
Mayo Clinic resources include the latest in endoscopic equipment and techniques. Using these minimally invasive procedures, doctors insert tubes through the mouth, nose or rectum to examine and treat problems of the digestive tract.
Annually, Mayo Clinic staff members perform more than 45,000 minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. These include colonoscopy, small bowel enteroscopy, laser endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasonography and photodynamic therapy.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.