Research

Advancing knowledge through applied basic and translational research, our faculty strives to investigate better outcomes for patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal and liver disease and cancer.

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Research

Education

The Division offers an intensive and highly academic accredited three-year fellowship training program in gastroenterology.

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Education

Clinical Care

The GI and Liver Clinics offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment options for the full spectrum of Gastrointestinal, Inflammatory Bowel and Liver diseases.

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Clinical Care
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Division of
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has a long-established history as a center of excellence in the research, clinical care and education of digestive and liver diseases in the intermountain west. Our mission as an educational center for gastroenterology is inspired through the collaborative efforts of our faculty working towards new discoveries that will continue to provide better outcomes for our patients.

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Interim Chief
Clinical Director,
Professor Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology

History

Edwin Englert, Jr., M.D.Englert (1926-1985) was the first gastroenterologist in Utah with a full-time academic appointment. As founder and chair of the Division of Gastroenterology at both the University of Utah and Salt Lake City Veteran's Administration, he established the nation's first VA research and education training program in gastroenterology. He served for more than thirty years on the SLCVA and University of Utah Department of Medicine staffs as chief of the SLCVA medical service from 1966-1970, and chief of the SLCVA Gastroenterology Section from 1960-1980.

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James Freston, M.D. Ph.D, Frestonis an internationally recognized expert in the clinical pharmacology of gastrointestinal drugs and diseases. Trained in clinical pharmacology, gastroenterology, hepatology, and aerospace medicine, Dr. Freston received his medical degree from the the University of Utah and then completed his residency training under the renowned hematologist, Dr. Maxwell Wintrobe in internal medicine and his fellowship under Dr. Edwin Englert in Gastroenterology at the University of Utah.

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Randall W. Burt, M.D.,Burt Senior Director of Prevention and Outreach, Huntsman Cancer Institute Professor, Department of Medicine. Barnes Presidential Endowed Chair Interim Senior Director of Clinical Affairs, is senior director of Prevention and Outreach at Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is also a professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He holds the D. Keith Barnes, M.D., and Ida May "Dotty" Barnes, RN, Presidential Endowed Chair in Medicine.

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Division Highlights

Project ECHO or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, is working to provide “health care without walls” by bridging the gap between primary and specialty care. Through the Project, primary care providers (PCPs) are able to connect with University specialists who, together with the PCPs, work to safely and effectively manage the care of patients with complex chronic conditions in their home communities.

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