Please note, patient visitors will be limited to no more than one for the patient’s entire hospital stay or visit. Children under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed as visitors. For more information on our ongoing response to COVID-19 in Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Central Florida, visit our coronavirus website.Click to learn more
As a result of the recent Executive Order from the office of the Governor of the State of Florida and out of an abundance of caution and concern for our patients during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed the scheduling of elective surgeries and procedures until further notice. This helps us minimize the chance of infection for our patients and staff, conserves the use of personal protective equipment and maintains resources for those who might become critically ill in the future. We will resume scheduling elective surgeries and other procedures once the situation improves. Please reach out to your primary health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.
UF Health Shands Hospital is recognized as high performing in colorectal surgery and ranked national among the best hospitals for gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
UF Health provides comprehensive medical care for the entire family. Board-certified physicians offer a full range of medical services for patients of all age groups. Our physicians can provide you with routine medical checkups, as well as the treatment of a wide variety of health problems.
Gastroenterologists and hepatologists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive tract and liver diseases.
We provide comprehensive care for a number of conditions:
- Pancreatic function tests (secretin test, serum trypsin)
- Esophageal, gastric, small bowel and rectal motility studies
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, diagnostic and therapeutic
- Biliary manometry
- Liver biopsy
- Endoscopic ultrasonography
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Motility disturbances
- Endoscopy and colonoscopy
- Endoscopic removal of bile duct stones
- Biliary and pancreatic duct stent placement
- Esophageal stent placement
If you have end-stage liver disease, a liver transplant can bring hope. Thousands of patients have trusted their care to the experienced team at University of Florida Health Shands Transplant Center. Our center has over 20 years’ experience providing excellent care to patients with complex liver diseases.
Our team members from many specialties work together to provide you with the best care possible. While other centers may follow a liver transplant patient for several months after surgery, at UF Health, we follow our patients for life. Doing this leads to better outcomes and a higher rate of success with your transplanted organ.
The UF Health Difference
As a patient of UF Health Shands Transplant Center, you benefit from our three key features: experience, expertise, and excellence.
- Experience. We were one of the first liver transplant programs in the state of Florida — and we’ve continued to lead the field in transplant techniques. Our doctors – who are faculty in the University of Florida College of Medicine – are committed to focusing our knowledge and research on patients with advanced liver disease.
- Expertise. Our team has successfully transplanted more than 1,600 patients with end-stage liver disease. Our multidisciplinary approach to patient care draws on the combined expertise of our transplant physicians, transplant surgeons, nurse coordinators, transplant assistants, social workers, financial counselors, transplant pharmacists, immunogeneticists, anesthesiologists, intensivists and psychologists.
- Excellence. We take pride in our successful outcomes, and we are dedicated to transplanting livers as quickly as possible for those on our waiting list. After 12 months of being on our waiting list, 3.6 percent of patients died without a transplant, compared to the national average of 8.1 percent (Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients).
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Digestive Disease Specialists , please contact Gastro. - (352) 273-9400, Liver Transplant - (352) 265-0754.
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Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.
Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.
Financial AssistancePatients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.
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Help us maintain our strong commitment to patients and to promoting good health in our communities: please don't smoke, chew tobacco or use electronic cigarettes on UF Health-owned or -operated properties. Thank you.