Founded in 1964, now over a half-century strong, the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta has led Canada in gastrointestinal patient care, research and teaching

Dr. Richard Sherbaniuk and Dr. Ronald Wensel were instrumental in founding the Division. Together, their leadership established the medical specialty of gastroenterology in Alberta

As a major referral centre, the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta Hospital has a highly specialized consultation and advanced therapeutic endoscopy facility, a state-of-the-art in-patient unit, and highly skilled gastroenterologists and gastrointestinal scientists


Today, the Division has clinical specialists and teachers at each major Edmonton hospital, performs more than 25,000 advanced endoscopic surgical procedures annually and has developed internationally recognized programs in inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcer disease, liver failure and liver transplantation, viral liver disease and human nutrition

The Zeidler Gastrointestinal Health Center leads innovation. The building of the Center has helped to propel the Division of Gastroenterology onto an international stage and has led to recruitment and retention of outstanding gastroenterologists and scientists from Edmonton and around the world

The Division is now one of the largest in Canada and manages a leading-edge research program involving 45 graduate and undergraduate students, over 3 million dollars in basic and clinical research funding annually, and a prestigious 22 million dollar research award to establish a Center of Excellence in Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Immunity Research


University of Alberta

is a Top 5 Canadian university and one of the Top 100 in the world

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry stands as a global leader in medical education and clinical research innovation

We are one of the world’s elite academic health sciences centres, where top students and residents are taught by award-winning educators and mentored by renowned scientists in a dynamic learning environment


We serve the public good through excellence in medical and health professions' education, research and patient care. We build partnerships essential to a high-performing academic health sciences centre


To build an exceptional socially accountable Faculty through leadership in education, research and patient care and to be recognized as graduating highly skilled octors, researchers, and health care professionals for Canada



To discover, interpret and disseminate new knowledge that promotes and restores health

Respect, Compassion and Caring

To use these ideals to guide how we teach our students, care for our patients and work with our colleagues


To carry out our responsibilities to patients, students and colleagues while maintaining the highest moral standards

Social Accountability

To engage all levels of the broad community in order to address their priority health concerns


To be dedicated to the highest standard of conduct in teaching, research and patient care


To partner in education, research and health care for the greater good of the communities we serve

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