About the Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason

The Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason is a multidisciplinary coalition of providers from:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • General Thoracic Surgery
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Pathology

Conditions We Treat

  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Acute Liver Failure
  • Ascites
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Hepatic Tumors
  • Bile Duct Disorders
  • Bile Duct Strictures
  • Biliary Duct Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colitis and Chronic Ulcerative Colitis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Polyps
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Esophageal and Gastric Varices
  • Esophageal Strictures and Cancer
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Gallstones and Bile Duct Stones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis (Delayed Gastric Emptying)
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Chronic Hepatitis
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Hiatal Hernias
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intraductal Papillary Mucosal Neoplasm (IPMNs)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cysts
  • Pancreatic Necrosis
  • Paraesophageal Hernias
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Swallowing and Motility Disorders
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Wilson’s Disease

Why refer your patients?

  • We treat complex patients who may be untreatable in your area
  • Multidisciplinary care in GI, hepatology, surgery, oncology, endocrinology, interventional radiology and nutrition
  • GI Cancer Care Coordination Team will provide your patient with personalized attention
  • Clinical trials may offer new hope to patients with no other treatment options

You may refer a patient to the Digestive Disease Institute by calling (206) 223-2319, or visit VirginiaMason.org/DDI.

Digestive Disease Institute Leadership

Richard A. Kozarek, MD
Executive Director


Blaire Burman, MDBlaire Burman, MD
Director, Training and Education


Scott Helton, MDScott Helton, MD
Director, Liver, Pancreatic and Biliary Surgical Center of Excellence


Jeffrey Hunter, MDJeffrey Hunter, MD
Director, Bariatric Center of Excellence


Shayan Irani, MDShayan Irani, MD
Associate Director, Pancreatic Center of Excellence


Donald Low, MD
Director, Esophageal Center of Excellence


Vincent J. Picozzi, Jr., MDVincent J. Picozzi, Jr., MD
Director, Pancreatic Center of Excellence


Andrew Ross, MD
Director, Therapeutic Endoscopy Center of Excellence


Asma Siddique, MDAsma Siddique, MD
Director, Liver Center of Excellence


Jonathan Stoehr, MD, PhDJonathan Stoehr, MD, PhD
Director, Nutrition Center of Excellence


Digestive Disease Institute
1100 Ninth Ave., C3-GAS
Seattle, WA 98101
Non-profit Indicia