Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Welcome to the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Our mission is to provide high quality clinical care, superior education for trainees and postgraduate physicians, to conduct research with scientific rigor, to publish our findings in high impact medical journals and present at scientific meetings, and participate in the academic goals of the Department of Medicine. We offer excellence in medical care for the spectrum of gastrointestinal and liver diseases, and we are committed to diversity in education, patient care and research.

We continually strive for excellence and to maintain our standing as a highly successful and respected educational institution. We invite you to participate in our future.

Congratulations to Drs. Jophlin and McClain!

  • Loretta JophlinThe Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences, Integrated Health Science Facility Core Voucher Award (Medium IHSFC Research Voucher Award has been awarded to Loretta Jophlin, M.D., Ph.D. (with collaborator, Matt Cave, M.D.). Her project is entitled: Mechanisms of hepatic stellate cell activation and liver fibrosis in toxicant associated steatohepatitis. This project is aimed at a omprehensive understanding of the mechanisms regulating fibrosis in toxicant associated steatohepatitis (TASH) which is critical for the development of therapeutics aimed at treating the clinically significant endpoints of TASH, e.g. advanced hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis. This IHSFC Research Voucher Award will allow for exploratory translational research and proof-of-concept studies aimed at obtaining pilot funds and the eventual submission of an NIEHS R01 grant focused on druggable anti-fibrotic targets in patients with TASH.
  • Craig McClainCraig McClain, M.D., was awarded the 2020 Career Achievement in Research Award, UofL School of Medicine. Dr. McClain has made many seminal observations in liver injury/liver disease (ALD), including increased pro-inflammatory cytokine production in patients with alcohol-associated liver disease; the harmful effects of chronic alcohol consumption and excess Tylenol consumption; the deleterious effects of n-6 polyunsaturated fats in ALD; the importance of gut dysbiosis in liver diseases; and many others.  He has been continuously federally funded as PI for his research since 1977.

We take pride in our teaching efforts. Dr. Luis Marsano won the GI Teaching Award so many times that we named the award after him. He has also been honored by his home medical school in Lima, Peru, for Lifetime Teaching Excellence. Dr. Dipendra Parajuli, our Fellowship Director, is a past multiple recipient of the Teaching Award, and Dr. Endashaw Omer is the current recipient.

Luis Marsano
Dipendra Parajuli
Endashaw Omer

We are committed to improving the understanding of disease states from bench to bedside. Our internationally-renowned faculty maintain a commitment to teaching students, residents, and fellows, and developing the next generation of outstanding gastroenterologists.

Latest News


McClain, Kirpich feature UofL's Alcohol Research Center


Abell discusses motility on KET's "Kentucky Health"


UofL Hospital opens new center to treat hepatitis C

Dr. Ashutosh Barve will serve as medical director of UofL Hospital's new hepatitis C clinic.


Cave earns $4 million NIEHS grant

Dr. Matthew Cave is awarded $4.01 million over eight years by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a part of the National Institutes of Health, to explore the long-term effects of environmental chemicals on the liver.


McClain, UofL open NIH-designated Alcohol Research Center

Dr. Craig McClain and his team received a nearly $8 million grant from the NIH that designates them as an NIAAA Alcohol Research Center, one of only 20 in the nation.