Digestive Diseases and Nutrition

Training Facilities

The gastroenterology unit at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) consists of a suite of five examination rooms, offices, conference room, and other support areas. The unit is equipped with fluoroscopy and video endoscopy. The latest equipment for diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy is available, including a Nd-YAG laser and esophageal, biliary and anal manometry unit. Staffing consists of a full-time member of the faculty, a first, second and third year GI resident; and intermittently medical residents and medical students, as well as six gastrointestinal assistants. A consultant service is provided for this 1000-bed general hospital. An outpatient clinic meets once a week.

TGH is once again ranked as the #1 hospital in Tampa Bay by U.S. News & World Report for 2021-2022, and has been recognized as one of the top hospitals in Florida in five specialties. TGH is the only hospital in Tampa Bay and one of six hospitals in Florida to make Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2021 list.

The James A. Haley VA Hospital is a 600 bed facility. The new Gastroenterology Unit consists of a laboratory, three endoscopy procedure rooms, a recovery room and offices. A full range of upper, lower and biliary GI endoscopic procedures are performed. The unit is equipped with video endoscopy and fluoroscopy. Esophageal manometry, 24 hour pH monitoring, Nd:YAG laser therapy and EUS equipment are available. Four full-time GI assistants are available. The GI consult service is staffed by a full-time member of the faculty, a first, second and third-year GI resident, a nurse practitioner, and intermittently a medical resident, and medical students. Three outpatient clinics meet each week to care for consultation and follow-up patients.

The GI Facilities include the Center for Swallowing Disorders and the new Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center which is fully equipped for outpatient endoscopy. The clinic building is attached to the USF Health College of Medicine which is located on the USF campus and across the street from the Tampa VAH.

Faculty members attend to private patients in the clinic on assigned days each week and may be assisted by GI residents.

In 1987 the Center for Swallowing Disorders (CSD) was established to provide tertiary level consultation and therapy for patients with both neuromotor and obstructive types of dysphagia. Procedural training for outpatients and inpatients at USF Health Medical Clinics and Moffitt Cancer Center will include upper endoscopy, complex esophageal stricture dilation for benign and malignant diseases, pneumatic dilation for achalasia, botox injection, esophageal prostheses for malignant obstruction, esophageal manometry and 24 hour pH studies for gastroesophageal reflux. Emphasis will be placed on the cognitive aspects of the diagnosis and management of dysphagia.


This 162 bed tertiary care center opened in November 1986 and provides the latest in medical and surgical techniques for the diagnosis, therapy and extended care for patients with malignant diseases. The center recently received comprehensive cancer center status from the NCI, the only facility in Florida with this designation. The gastroenterology services include a daily outpatient consultation clinic; a 7-room, fully equipped diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy unit and physiology laboratory including Nd-YAG laser, fluoroscopy, manometry, EUS equipment, argon plasma coagulation and endoscopy. Full inpatient consultation services, including nutrition support, are provided by our Division.
There are excellent libraries in each hospital with a complete collection of journals and textbooks. The USF Health College of Medicine Library provides the service for computerized national and international bibliographic literature search in addition to an extensive collection of textbooks and journals.