Gastroenterology and Hepatology


Gastroenterology is a specialty in medicine that deals with the diseases and conditions of the gastrointestinal system. JSS Medical college Hospital presents to you a team of eminent gastroenterologists trained from top institutions of our country. With immense experience in the field of gastroenterology and Hepatology , they strive to provide the best services to all the patients experiencing acute and chronic disorders of gastrointestinal tract.

The Institute of Gastroenterology, Hepatology& Therapeutic Endoscopy at JSS Hospital involves diverse streams for the evaluation and treatment of digestive and Liver diseases. Along with this, patients will be privy to a critical multidisciplinary team of medical gastroenterologists , Hepatologists and specialist surgeons to ensure an inclusive solution to all gastroenterological problems.

The New JSS Hospital has world class infrastructure with state of the art equipment to deal with myriad of the Gastro-intestinal and Liver problems. Treatment here is specialized and covers all diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, helping in early detection acute conditions and preventing chronic conditions. Early diagnosis is aided by well-equipped Radiology department which has the latest state of the art 128 slice CT scan and 3Tesla MRI Machines. This combination of the latest equipment makes JSS hospital truly unique.

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is ably supported by department of Pathology and Human Genetics. Biopsy specimen obtained during Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy are rapidly processed and reported by specialized pathologists. Hereditary Gastrointestinal diseases are now diagnosed with relative ease.The department of human Genetics is a new feather in the cap for JSS hospital!

Department of Gastroenterology provides 24X7 Emergency services. There are 360 ICU beds here at JSS hospital which is Asia’s second largest in terms of bed strength! .With caring nursing and support staff in the ICU, treatment of GI emergencies is smooth, effective and efficient.

Understanding the burden of chronic GI diseases, Department of Gastroenterology has been running special clinics like Liver clinic, Pancreas Clinic and IBD clinic where special attention is provident to patients suffering from the above diseases.

Invasive evaluation and treatment of GI diseases has been taken to a new level with the introduction of Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS). The advent of EUS has made obtaining the biopsy from deeper tissues of the GI tract easier and accurate.

The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at JSS Hospital is a one-stop solution for all problems related to the liver. Our doctors are experienced and well trained. They work together and provide a care plan that not only identifies the patient’s illness but also address the emotional stress which is diagnosed when a person is suffering from liver diseases. Our team specializes in detecting liver diseases and provides modern treatment approaches with innovative techniques, even for the conditions once which were thought untreatable.

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology , JSSH is one of the first institution to start DM residency programme. Resident Doctors are been trained in various fields of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. (Clinical Gastroenterology , Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy)


The department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is ably headed by Prof. Nandeesh H P MD,DM (Gastroenterology). He did his specialization from GB Pant hospital, New Delhi (one of the first institution in India to start DM residency programme) and has more than twenty years of experience in the field.

Dr. Deepak Suvarna MD DNB (Gastroenterology) is the associate Professor in the department. He has  specialized from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.

Dr. (Major) Aradya H V  MD DNB (Gastroenterology) is the Assistant Professor in the department. He has specialized from St. Johns Hospital, Bangalore

Dr. Vijay Kumar TR is also Assistant Professor in the department. He did his specialization from St. Johns Hospital, Bangalore



In this procedure, a flexible endoscope is used to evaluate disorders of Oesophagus (food pipe), stomach and Duodenum. It is commonly performed to evaluate upper abdominal pain, anaemia, vomiting blood, passing black coloured stool (Melena), diagnosing cancers of oesophagus, stomach and Duodenum. It is also used in therapeutic purposes as in control of upper Gastrointestinal bleed either by injecting, clipping or banding of the bleeding point, removing foreign body struck in food pipe and stomach.


Here a flexible endoscope is passed into the large intestine (colon) and distal small intestine (Terminal Ileum) through Anus. It is performed to diagnose the cause of bleeding in the stool, altered bowel habits, chronic loose stools, lower abdominal pain and to diagnose colon cancer. The test is also used therapeutically to control lower GI bleed wherein it is lifesaving!

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP):

This procedure is used to diagnose and treat obstructive Jaundice. It is used in the removal of common bile duct stones. Jaundice due to cancer involving the bile duct is relieved by deploying stents during ERCP. ERCP is also used in treating pain of chronic Pancreatitis by removing stones or inserting stents into the pancreatic ducts.

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG):

PEG is the procedure that allows feeding directly to the stomach when the feeding through oral route is difficult. This procedure allows nutrition, fluids, and medications to be put into the stomach directly, bypassing the mouth and oesophagus. Prior to the procedure, the patient receives a sedative or local anaesthesia, and an antibiotic. During the procedure, the endoscopist places a flexible tube into the stomach through a small incision in the abdominal wall.


Sigmoidoscopy is the procedure indicated to view the sigmoid colon. This allows the doctor to examine the sigmoid colon using a flexible tube with a light on it. It helps in detecting the presence of ulcers, polyps, abnormal cells, and cancer cells. Sometimes, your doctor may remove a piece of sigmoid colon tissue to examine under the microscope.

During the procedure, the doctor inserts the Sigmoidoscope (a flexible tube with a light and camera at the tip) into the anus. The colon is inflated to obtain a clear vision. The procedure may take about 10 to 20 minutes.

Endoscopic Ultrasound(EUS):

In this test, the organs are scanned from inside the food pipe, stomach or small intestine helping in very accurate assessment of the pathological lesion. Biopsy may also be obtained at the same time.


Bringing the latest technologies from around the globe for accurate diagnosis and treatment of diseases,the department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology offers expert care and authoritative advice on all oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, Liver and Pancreatic diseases. JSS Hospital is one of pioneers in gastroenterological surgeries, minimal access surgeries and endoscopic procedures. The best of doctors, support staff and infrastructure provides patients with one of the best gastroenterological care in the country. The Department of Medical Gastroenterology and Endoscopy provides comprehensive treatment and procedure for the following diseases.


Surgical Gastroenterology (SGE)  is a highly evolved and specialised area of surgery that deals with surgical problems of the digestive system which includes organs like Oesophagus, Stomach, Small intestine, Large intestine, Rectum, Anal canal, Liver, Pancreas, Gall bladder and Bile duct.

Laparoscopic expertise is incorporated into these domains, providing complete solution for GI surgical problems

The Department functions as a single unit, taking care of the out patient services and operative procedures as per the fixed schedule.

  • Patients are seen on Tuesday and Thursday in the out patient block of the hospital.
  • Operating room is well equipped with high definition laparoscopy, advanced energy sources like harmonic scalpel, C-Arm.

Department has a comprehensive surgical program focusing on

  • Oncological Surgery of the GI Tract.
  • Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery.
  • Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery.
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Procedures.
  • Specialised Colorectal Surgery including Sphincter Saving.
  • Stapled and Pouch Procedures.
  • Intra-Abdominal Vascular Reconstructions.
  • Retroperitoneal Tumour Excisions.
  • Intra-Abdominal Trauma


Dr Mahesh s shetty


Head of the department

Dr Sunil Kumar B B


Associate Professor