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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.
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Matthew Coates, MD, PhD, is Director of Research in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
A head-and-shoulders professional photo of Dr. Matthew Coates

More About Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Labs and Research Programs Expand answer


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.

Learn more about Dr. Stine’s lab

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Dr. Matthews Coates is a physician-scientist with long-standing research interests relating to the interplay between IBD and neuroendocrine signaling systems.

Learn more about Dr. Coates’ Lab

Continuing Education Programs Expand answer

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

Fellowship Expand answer

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits three fellows per year.

Learn more about the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship here

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

Patient Care Expand answer

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.

Learn more about gastroenterology patient care here

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.