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Patient Care

Our physicians and surgeons strive to provide you with the care and information you want.


Reaching out to the professional community, knowing that education is the key to better medicine.


A wide variety of clinical trials and research are the basis of our search for better G.I. solutions.



GERD, or gastroesoph-ageal reflux disease, occurs when stomach acid, and sometimes stomach contents, flows back into your esophagus irritating its lining. The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn.

Read about other G.I. diseases.



Indigestion, a common problem often brought on by poor eating habits, occurs in people of all ages and both sexes. Symptoms may include upper abdominal pain, bloating, belching, nausea, and/or heartburn.

Lap Nissen


Laparoscopic fundoplication, or lap nissen, is a surgical procedure performed on severe gastroesophageal reflux disease patients who don't fully respond to high doses of medicinal treatments.

Read about other G.I. procedures.

MUSC Anchors Major Publication on Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

The sphincter of Oddi controls the flow of bile and pancreatic juices from the liver and pancreas into the duodenum. Dysfunction of the sphincter is often considered as a cause of biliary-type pain in patients who have previously undergone gall bladder removal. Dr. Peter Cotton and colleagues from seven expert centers in the USA undertook a trial in 214 patients in which the standard approach (ERCP with manometry and sphincterotomy) was compared with a sham procedure. Patients did not know what treatment they had received.

B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD MScAssociate Professor of Medicine

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Dr. B. Joseph Elmunzer

After attending medical school at the University of Miami, Dr. B. Joseph Elmunzer completed a residency in internal medicine at Parkland Hospital/UT-Southwestern Medical Center and a fellowship in gastroenterology and advanced endoscopy at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Elmunzer's clinical practice focuses on ERCP, EUS, endoscopic mucosal resection, EUS-guided biliary and pancreatic drainage, and luminal stenting and suturing.

Dr. Elmunzer is a NIH-funded investigator whose research interests include clinical trials in GI endoscopy and improving the safety of ERCP. He spearheaded a large-scale multi-center study demonstrating that a widely available and safe medication is effective for preventing pancreatitis after ERCP.

Why should I visit the Medical University of South Carolina?

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Your doctor will probably agree with you about your preference to come to MUSC. We offer excellent patient care at a state-of-the-art facility, in a historic setting in the southeastern United States. Our doctors are nationally ranked among the highest in the nation. We employ a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of patients using the latest technology in medicine.

Come see why MUSC is changing what's possible®.

Read more about why you should choose MUSC for your healthcare needs.