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Digestive Disease Institute

Virginia Mason patients receive excellent digestive disease care from the experts within our Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department. These specialists are a core part of Virginia Mason's Digestive Disease Institute, led by Executive Director Richard Kozarek, MD. The Digestive Disease Institute is internationally known for bringing accomplished specialists together to create personalized, comprehensive treatment plans and optimize patient care through innovations in research, education, and a multidisciplinary approach to treatment of digestive and liver diseases.

Collaboratively, gastroenterologists, hepatologists, surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, endocrinologists and pathologists apply innovative, specialized techniques for diagnosing and treating even the most difficult cases. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call (206) 223-2319. 

Explore services offered through the Centers of Excellence at the Digestive Disease Institute:

Learn more about our areas of emphasis in the Digestive Disease Institute, including:

  • Research — Clinical trials and investigator-initiated research
  • Education — Comprehensive medical education courses, fellowships and patient education

Digestive Disease Institute's Recent Recognition:

Healthgrades®, based on the annual Hospital Quality in America report, has announced top honors for the care of digestive disease at Virginia Mason: 

  • Healthgrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™
  • Healthgrades General Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Top Five Percent in the Nation for Overall GI Services
  • Top Five Percent in the Nation for General Surgery
  • Top Five Percent in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment
  • Five-Star Recipient for Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries
  • Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction

Virginia Mason is the ONLY hospital in the State of Washington to be named by Healthgrades as:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery

In addition to these awards, Virginia Mason received five-star ratings for: gastrointestinal medical treatment; gastrointestinal procedures and surgeries; treatment of gastrointestinal bleed; treatment of bowel obstruction; and treatment of pancreatitis.