Digestive Health Center

The Digestive Health Center is proud to offer innovative treatments based on Stanford's pioneering translational research in the field of gastroenterology. Our state-of-the-art technology enables minimally invasive as well as traditional procedures focused on patient comfort, recovery time, and overall quality of life.

Digestive Health Center at Blake Wilbur Building
900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-736-5555 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment


Gastrointestinal (GI) Consultation

All gastroenterologists and hepatologists provide consultation on symptoms, established diagnoses, provide second opinions, and address the following gastroenterology symptoms and diseases:

  • Abdominal distension
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Celiac disease
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficult swallowing
  • Dyspepsia
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic gastroenteritis
  • Food allergies
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Intestinal gas 
  • Jaundice
  • Motility disorders
  • Nausa/vomiting
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting bleeding

Endoscopy and advanced endoscopy

Stanford's highly skilled therapeutic endoscopists perform complex ERCP, EUS, colonoscopy and other procedures. Endoscopy services include:

  • Advanced ERCP techniques including endoscopic cyst-gastrostomy, cholangioscopy, pancreatoscopy and sphincter of oddi manometry
  • ERCP in complex and high risk patients, and those with previous failed cannulations
  • Advanced EUS techniques including celiac plexus block and gold fiducial placement
  • Confocal endomicroscopy using the only dual-axis confocal microscope on the West Coast
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
  • Endoscopic suturing
  • Radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation for Barrett's esophagus
  • Double balloon enteroscopy
  • Advanced colonoscopy techniques and prototype colonoscopes, which may allow completion of previously incomplete colonoscopies
  • Same-day CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) in the event colonoscopy remains incomplete

Other complex medical conditions

Stanford gastroenterologists are at the forefront on the following symptoms and conditions: 

Screening and surveillance

Screening is one of the components of a comprehensive surveillance program and a fundamental strategy for early diagnosis or treatment. These techniques are used for the following conditions: 

  • GI cancer 
  • Polyps
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)



A procedure to examine the inside of a person's body using an a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it.

Therapeutic endoscopy

A procedure during which treatment is carried out via the endoscope.  This is different from diagnostic endoscopy where the aim is only to visualize.


Your Health: Celiac Disease

Dr. Nielsen Fernandez-Becker discusses celiac disease symptoms, risk factors, treatment options, and the dangers of not screening and treating the disease.

For Patients

Please confirm the location of your appointment as our doctors and staff see patients at multiple locations.


For endoscopic procedures:

  • You will receive written preparation instructions from the clinic or your doctor.
  • Please ensure that your referring doctor has obtained and faxed insurance authorization for your procedure to 650-723-8305.

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

Call us to make an appointment



For Health Care Professionals


Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.


Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

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