On September 1, 2010, pursuing a career that had taken me to Chicago, Stanford, Duke, and the University of Washington, I joined the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) to lead this Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. I was attracted, not only by the strong tradition of excellence of the Division, but also by its bright potential; I was enthralled, not only by the breadth of its operations, but also by the high quality evident in its clinical, educational, and research activities; and I was won over, not only by the strength of the institutions in which the Division is based, but also by the most dedicated, talented, and cohesive team that forms its core.
At UTHSC, GI patients will benefit from the highest quality of care offered by the inpatient and outpatient services from the Methodist University Hospital, the Regional Medical Center, the Memphis VA Medical Center, and the University of Tennessee Medical Group Outpatient Clinics. Our combined expertise covers all facets of gastrointestinal and liver diseases, ranging from expert cognitive management to advanced endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, from treatment of viral hepatitis to liver transplantation, and from prevention of digestive diseases to its most complex multi-disciplinary treatment modalities.
Students, trainees, and practitioners will benefit from our highly ranked medical school classes, our ACGME-accredited GI fellowship program, and our far ranging CME events. Through these functions, faculty in our Division will share the latest advances in our understanding of digestive function and diseases as well as the most robust evidence-based standards of practice and management principles to alleviate, if not eradicate, the burden of diseases of liver and digestive tract.
Benefiting from funding from federal institutions, non-profit foundation, as well as private industry, our faculty have contributed, through their clinical, translational, and basic research to the many advances in medicine, ranging from the cell and molecular biology of intestinal and pancreatic transport to clinical trials on colorectal prevention, and from the treatment of viral hepatitis to racial differences in liver disease. Extensive collaborations with allied Departments within UTHSC, particularly Physiology and Preventive Medicine, also offer invaluable synergy.
A summary of our vision and values, written on the occasion of my first day at UTHSC is also attached. As you browse the remainder of our website, I hope will share with us our excitement about where we have been, where we are, and where we will be. On the other hand, as we always strive for utmost excellence, please advise us any suggestions you may have.
Toan D. Nguyen, M.D.
Orren Hyman Professor of Medicine