Gastroenterology (GI) - South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
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Gastroenterology (GI)

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Welcome to the South Texas VA Gastroenterology Clinic!

Mission: The mission of the gastroenterology (GI) clinic is to provide state-of-the-art GI services to the Veterans of South Texas. In addition, we provide up to date training for GI specialist candidates and residents as well as educational services to medical students in association with the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio.

Services: The GI clinic provides inpatient and outpatient consultative clinical services as well as all of the latest GI procedures involving luminal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic disorders. In addition, there is a dedicated Hepatitis C service and a satellite GI service in Kerrville to perform routine outpatient clinical consultative and endoscopic services.

GI Procedures
EGD's colonoscopies
ERCP EUS
video capsule endoscopy balloon endoscopy
percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy radio frequency ablation
high resolution esophageal manometry 48 hour bravo capsule pH studies
esophageal impedance hydrogen breath tests for sugar intolerance
luminal dilation including achalasia stent placement
   

Research: A GI research coordinator is involved in organizing research and quality assurance projects for the VA and university service. Clinical projects have been submitted to national meetings in such varied subjects as Burkitt's Lymphoma in Celiac Disease, capsule endoscopy, monitoring of sleep disorders for endoscopic patients, Giardia in bone marrow transplant patients and the development of endoscopic criteria for better recognition of hyperplastic polyps.

Clinical Trials: Current trials are underway for a National study involving an orally administered capsule for fecal transplantation in patients with Refractory Clostridium Dificile Infection.

Graduate Medical Education: The South Texas VA Medical Center is proud to be affiliated with the UT Health Center and participates in the education of the next generation of physicians. All of our residents and fellows are mentored closely by staff physicians when evaluating and treating Veterans.

**New patients**If you have never been seen in the GI clinic, or if it has been more than two years since you have been seen, you will require a referral from your primary care provider (PCP).

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Contact Info

Location

  • Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital, Room E-224
    Outpatient services at Kerrville Hospital

Contact Number(s)

  • 210-949-9433 Ext. clinic appts.
  • 210-617-5300 Ext. 15710

Hours of Operation

  • Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.