Division of Gastroenterology
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Welcome to the UC San Diego Division of Gastroenterology

Our mission is to provide the best clinical care to those afflicted with gastrointestinal and liver diseases, investigate at the clinical and basic levels the best way to improve those diseases, and educate trainees on how to best approach the care of patients with those diseases.

The UCSD GI Division will strive to be nationally recognized through its faculty as well as innovations that will improve the care of patients with gastrointestinal and liver diseases nationwide.


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Dr. Irine Vodkin Wins Top Honors at SDGI Fellows' Research Forum

Dr. Irine Vodkin (right) with Drs. Wilson Kwong and Parambir Dulai.

Gastroenterology transplant hepatology fellow Irine Vodkin, MD, received the top rating for her presentation at the 2015 San Diego Gastroenterology Society Annual Fellows' Research Forum on March 18.

Dr. Vodkin is pictured at right above with (from left) Drs. Wilson Kwong and Parambir Dulai.

UCSD Fellows at SDGI Society 2015

Above: Sheila Crowe, MD (at left), director of research, with UC San Diego's GI Fellows group at the research forum. Dr. Samuel Ho, director of the division's training grant, is not pictured.

Dr. Sheila Crowe Elected Vice President of American Gastroenterological Association

Announcement from Dr. William J. Sandborn

Dear Colleagues,
Dr. William J. SandbornIt is with great pleasure that I share with you that Dr. Sheila Crowe has been selected as Vice President of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). In this role, she will begin a 4-year term of service to the AGA, transitioning yearly from Vice President to President Elect to President and finally to Past President and Chair of the AGA Foundation.

Dr. Sheila CroweThis is perhaps the highest honor that a physician in our specialty can receive. It is a tremendous honor for Dr. Crowe, and for our entire division.

I am so proud to have Dr. Crowe in our division. Please join me in congratulating her on this accomplishment.

William J. Sandborn, MD
Professor and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology

First Chief Experience Officer for UC San Diego Health System: Dr. Thomas Savides

Dr. Thomas SavidesCongratulations to Dr. Thomas Savides, who has been appointed the first Chief Experience Officer for UC San Diego Health System. 

“We are excited to have Dr. Savides champion employee engagement and patient experience so that we can exceed our patients’ expectation in everything we do,” said Paul Viviano, CEO of UC San Diego Health System and Associate Vice Chancellor for UC San Diego Health Sciences.

Drs. Sandborn, Savides Selected for San Diego Top Doctors List 2014

Congratulations to Dr. William Sandborn and Dr. Thomas Savides, who are named once again on the San Diego Top Doctors list.

US News & World Report Best Hopital for Gastroenterolgoy

Gastroenterologists at UC San Diego Health System are nationally recognized for their innovative care of people with gastrointestinal and liver diseases. We recognize how life-altering living with digestive disease can be. The Division of Gastroenterology works in multidisciplinary teams of specialists including endoscopists, oncologists, surgeons and radiologists. U.S. News & World Report ranks our gastroenterology and GI surgery services in the top 50 in the nation.

William Sandborn, MDCongratulations to Dr. William Sandborn, GI Division Chief, who is named on the Thomson Reuters "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" list. Details from the San Diego Union-Tribune are here.

Upcoming Events 

9th Annual UC San Diego GI Research Symposium

The UC San Diego Division of Gastroenterology would like to invite you to save the date, and attend the 9th Annual GI Research Symposium on Friday, 11 September 2015:

Precision Gastroenterology: New Approaches to Define, Study and Manage the Microbiota and Immune-Mediated Diseases

Friday, 11 September 2015
1:00pm – 5:30pm

Reception with light refreshments to follow

Registration information can be accessed here:


Gastroenterology Newsletter

Read our latest and past UC San Diego Gastroenterology Newsletters and see what's happening within the division. 


See our calendar located under the "About" Tab.

In Memoriam

Martin F. Kagnoff, MDWe are saddened at the passing of Martin F. Kagnoff, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Emeritus, and Director of the Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology. Read memorial statement from Wolfgang Dillmann, MD, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.