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Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Interim Division Director: Don C. Rockey, M.D.
Division Administrator: Derek Sanford

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) provides clinical, educational, and research services in all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology medicine for patients located throughout South Carolina and the Southeastern United States. 

Patient Care 

Clinical activity in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has increased dramatically over the past seven years. This has spurred a major effort to recruit clinical faculty to assist in handling the increased patient volume. Consequently, the division has brought four new clinicians onboard. These additional physicians have enabled the Division to maintain and expand services offered in the areas of Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Esophageal Disease, Motility and General Gastroenterology.

The Division’s clinical faculty are members of the Digestive Disease Center (DDC) at MUSC. The DDC brings together diverse specialties involved in evaluating and treating digestive diseases and disorders. Clinical services are coordinated within five sections:  liver disease, pancreatic and biliary disease, gastrointestinal cancer, functional and inflammatory bowel disease, and nutrition.

Our peers and our patients continue to rank the Department of Medicine programs among the best in the nation. In 2018, MUSC Health was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as high-performing in fix adult specialties, including gastroenterology and GI surgery.


In addition to being leaders in the clinic, Division faculty are also leaders in their respective areas of research which span such varied interests as biliopancreatic disease to esophageal reflux and inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer and polyps, liver disease and liver failure, hepatopulmonary syndrome, nutrition and obesity, liver fibrosis, and liver transplantation.



Our fellowship program, under the guidance of Ira Willner, M.D. (Fellowship Director) and Pooja Elias, M.D. (Associate Program Director), strives to provide strong clinical and research training in gastroenterology and hepatology. We offer a three-year fellowship based at two hospitals, University Hospital and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (VAMC). Rotations are done in the first 24 months on the general luminal, biliary-pancreatic, and liver services. The Division specializes in areas such as advanced endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and motility disorders, and the program trains 12 fellows per year.



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