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San Diego digestive health and liver health

At Sharp, our board-certified specialists use advanced technology and proven therapies to ensure the best personalized care for conditions that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) system, including the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts.

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Liver, pancreas and digestive conditions 

From Crohn’s disease to liver disease, gallstones to ulcers, our multidisciplinary team of experts treat all forms of acute and chronic illnesses to help improve your quality of life. We use a comprehensive and compassionate approach to care for a range of conditions, including: 

  • Advanced polyp removal 

  • Barrett's esophagus 

  • Bladder disorders 

  • Celiac disease 

  • Cirrhosis 

  • Colitis 

  • Colorectal cancer 

  • Crohn’s disease 

  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia/achalasia)  

  • Diverticulitis 

  • Gallbladder and bile duct diseases 

  • Gallstones and bile duct stones 

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) 

  • Genetic liver diseases 

  • Heartburn 

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) 

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 

  • Liver cancer 

  • Liver diseases 

  • Pancreatic cancer 

  • Pancreatic disease also called pancreatitis 

  • Pancreatic pseudocysts 

  • Stomach cancer 

  • Strictures (narrowing or blockage of gastrointestinal tract structures) 

  • Tumors of the gastrointestinal tract (throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, colon and rectum) 

  • Ulcer 

  • Viral hepatitis 

  • Zenker’s diverticulum (outpouching of the muscle that divides the throat from the esophagus)

Treatments for gastrointestinal disorders and liver conditions 

At Sharp, we offer a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient treatments ranging from general surgery for liver scarring to minimally invasive procedures for cancer treatment.  

  • Ablation therapy — including the Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) Program for minimally invasive treatment of Barrett’s esophagus 

  • Biopsy 

  • Cancer treatment for the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts 

  • Colonoscopy 

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) 

  • Endoscopic surgery 

  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) 

  • Endoscopy and advanced endoscopy procedures 

  • Esophageal dilation 

  • Liver failure management 

  • General surgery for conditions such as liver damage and pancreatitis 

  • Liver transplant, including pre- and post-liver transplantation 

  • Pancreas transplant 

  • Panendoscopy (upper endoscopy) 

  • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) — treats achalasia, a tightening of the esophagus, to restore ability to swallow 

  • Pseudocyst drainage 

  • Removal of cancerous growths and lesions in the gastrointestinal tract 

  • Endoscopic fistula closure 

  • Endoscopic full thickness resection (EFTR) 

  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) 

  • Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) 

  • Robotic-assisted surgery for gallbladder and abdominal procedures 

  • Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) — treats GERD without surgery 

  • Transmural gallbladder drainage (GBD)

  • Tumor treatment and removal 

  • Zenker’s diverticulectomy/Zenker’s release — eliminates the obstruction between the throat and esophagus

Gastroenterology clinical trials 

Through the Sharp Center for Research, we also offer clinical trials for patients to find new, improved treatments. 

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please consult with your physician or contact the Sharp Center for Research at 858-939-7198 or send us an email

Frequently asked questions

Treating liver tumors with advanced technology

Under the care of Dr. Marquis Hart, a surgeon affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital, Chris’ tumor was removed using the Emprint SX ablation platform.

Locations of digestive health services in San Diego 

We offer highly specialized care at our acute-care hospitals across San Diego County. 

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