Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery

Laproscopic_Surgery_RobotThe Department of Surgery has 12 surgeons who specialize in the care of patients with benign and malignant diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas and endocrine glands. In addition to providing care to patients with common surgical diseases such as gall bladder disease and hernias, we serve as a referral center for the care of patients with complex surgical diseases such as gastric and pancreatic cancer, complications of acute and chronic pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.

Our surgeons and staff are available 24-hours per day, 7-days per week to care for patients with acute gastrointestinal emergencies such as perforated or bleeding ulcers, intra-abdominal infections including complicated appendicitis, intestinal obstruction and gastrointestinal bleeding. We work closely with our colleagues in gastroenterology, endocrinology, and radiology to provide a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to patients with complex diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and the endocrine organs.

Our state-of-the-art facilities at the new UAMS Medical Center allows us to perform many of these operations using minimally invasive techniques thus providing the quickest convalescense possible. We provide both inpatient and outpatient surgical care at the UAMS Medical Center and the John C. McClellan Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Little Rock.

Our surgeons include:

In addition, Dr. Larry Kim has 15 years experience in managing patients with thyroid diseases, hyperparathyroidism, and tumors of the adrenal gland. In collaboration with the endocrinologists at UAMS we are able to provide a comprehensive medical and surgical management of patients with both benign and malignant disease of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland.

Dr. Brian Badgwell is a MD Anderson-trained surgical oncologist who specializes in caring for patients with pancreatic cancer. By working with our colleagues in medical and radiation oncology, gastroenterology, and radiology we offer a multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients with either localized or advanced pancreatic cancer.

Drs. John Cone and Ron Robertson have a referral practice in managing patients with recurrent and complex ventral hernias.