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Cirrhosis is a disorder of the liver that occurs when there is continuing liver damage over a prolonged period of time. Although often associated with alcoholism, there are many other causes of this disorder.

Read about other G.I. diseases.



Hematemesis is a dangerous condition in which a person bleeds internally, and vomits as a result. Hematemesis is considered a medical emergency as the blood loss that may occur can be life threatening.



A laparoscopic cholecystectomy involves the removal of the gallbladder often due to gallstones blocking the flow of bile. Gallstones are created when substances in bile create hard, crystal-like particles.

Read about other G.I. procedures.

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.

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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MUSC Ashley River Tower

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.