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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

By combining basic science, translational and clinical research, research in the Division of Gastroenterology and Enterology hopes to forge new therapies for better patient care.

Physicians in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Penn State participate in numerous national collaborative clinical trials, drug studies and independent research projects. There are several research activities going on in various sections in the Division of Gastroenterology, including IBD, liver, pancreas and biliary and motility.

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Research Leadership

Kofi Clarke, MD, is Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine.
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Matthew Coates, MD, PhD, is Director of Research in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
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Research Projects

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There are several research activities going on in various sections in the Division of Gastroenterology, including IBD, liver, pancreas and biliary and motility.

Current Studies

View actively recruiting gastroenterology and hepatology clinical trials in StudyFinder, our searchable database of clinical research taking place at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.

Selected current trials are listed here.

Click the + next to each study to see more information.

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Contact Us

To speak to someone about current studies, call 717-531-5052.

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There are a number of research groups and labs in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Liver Disease Research

The laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Stine at Penn State College of Medicine seeks to improve outcomes for people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, liver cancer, liver disease-related coagulation disorders and other liver conditions. Stine is an internationally recognized liver expert who leads a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, fellows, residents and medical students engaged in numerous ongoing clinical research studies.

Through Penn State Health Liver Center, patients receive advanced expertise in the diagnosis and management of complex liver disease. Clinical trials and Liver Center collaborations also provide patients with opportunities to help advance research into a variety of liver conditions.

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More About Gastroenterology and Hepatology

For Referring Providers: GI Update Expand answer

Penn State Health Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology offers a website dedicated to providing physicians with the latest in GI news.

Penn State Health GI Update publishes articles by division personnel to share discoveries and successes.

See GI Update details

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A variety of continuing education programs take place in gastroenterology and hepatology. When available, registration links appear below.

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Through Penn State College of Medicine, the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology offers educational programs for medical students, residents and gastroenterology and hepatology fellows in training, all with a research component.

Learn more about the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship here

Learn more about the Medicine MD student clerkship here

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The digestive disease and gastroenterology team at Penn State Health offers the latest approaches to diagnose and treat digestive health conditions including cancers of the digestive system, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), liver disease, motility disorders, celiac disease and more.

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Penn State Health also offers the only comprehensive liver center in central Pennsylvania. The team of liver specialists offers unparalleled expertise in all liver-related disorders, from gallbladder conditions to liver cancer, including live-donor liver transplantation, specialty care for cirrhosis, and complex liver, bile duct and pancreas surgery.

Learn more about hepatology patient care here

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Contact the Division

To speak to someone about gastroenterology and hepatology research, call 717-531-5052.