About the Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders
The world-class specialists at Houston Methodist Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders bring decades of shared knowledge and state-of-the-art methodologies to the assessment and treatment of the full range of gastrointestinal diseases.
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are often overlooked, especially if they come and go over the years. The Underwood Center offers a team of dedicated researchers and a multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, thoracic, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, pathologists and molecular pathologists who work together to develop solutions to the most troublesome clinical problems.
Together, they continually seek new approaches to the prevention and treatment of episodic and chronic gastrointestinal issues. This approach allows us to introduce patients to the expertise of multiple providers and specialties. When we work across departments, your care improves, and our education and research get stronger.
"Digestive disorders often occur as a result of, or in association with, a host of other diseases and conditions, including obesity, neurological disorders, organ transplantation, liver disease and more. Our patients benefit from the depth and breadth of physicians and specialists in the Underwood Center," said Dr. Eamonn Quigley, David M. Underwood Chair of Medicine in Digestive Disorders.
Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked No. 5 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery. U.S. News & World Report also named Houston Methodist the No. 1 hospital in Texas. Our gastroenterologists and GI surgeons are known worldwide for their outstanding patient care, research and treatment.
Digestive Disorders We Treat
Our key to the highest quality in the management of GI disorders is the center's integration of health professionals. Patients aren’t treated with a one-doctor-fits-all model. With the vast resources of Houston Methodist, we provide personalized treatment plans that cover a broad variety of diseases to ensure accurate diagnosis an develop comprehensive treatment plans that address the whole person.
In addition to commonly known illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, we also treat:
- Functional bowel disorders (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome)
- Motility disorders (e.g., gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or GERD, gastroparesis)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
- GI malignancies (e.g., gastric, pancreatic, colorectal and esophageal cancers)
- Liver diseases (e.g., fatty liver disease, hepatitis and cirrhosis)
- View all conditions, specialties and programs
Answers to Common Questions
How are gastrointestinal disorders treated?
Our physicians and nurses provide care for both serious and non-serious conditions. Based on the results of a patient’s evaluations, we create treatment plans that may include:
- Digestive and colorectal surgeries
- Drug therapies
- Lifestyle/diet changes
What programs are available at the center?
How can I receive advanced care or a second opinion?