Digestive Diseases & Nutrition

Welcome to the Division of Digestive Health & Nutrition. Our mission to deliver the absolute highest level of patient care supported by state of the art research in gastrointestinal disorders. We pride ourselves on having nationally recognized expertise in interventional gastroenterology, inflammatory bowel disease, hepatology, colon cancer and nutrition. Our focus on out-patient consultative services led us to nearly double the number of available visits in 2014. In particular, we have had great success in recruiting an outstanding class of gastroenterology fellows.

The future of the division will see an expansion in basic science research in inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer and Barrett’s esophagus. We have exciting new collaborations within the NCI-recognized University of Kentucky Markey cancer center to develop new therapies for colon cancer. Our clinical research program focuses on delivery of care to rural populations with attention to social and economic hindrances to medical treatment. As we prepare to move into the new hospital with state of the art facilities and technologies, we will see unprecedented growth in clinical programs, faculty recruitment and basic science research placing us in the top tier of gastroenterology divisions in the country.

Terrence Barrett, MD, FACP

Professor and Chief
Division of Digestive Health and Nutrition
University of Kentucky