Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has a long tradition of excellence in clinical practice, education and research, and remains dedicated to this pursuit of excellence. The scope of clinical operations and faculty expertise cover the entire spectrum of gastrointestinal health and diseases. Special programs focus on esophageal disorders, gastrointestinal cancer, women's health, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal failure, obesity, pancreatic disorders, fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis and liver transplantation and are part of some of the premiere services offered here at VCU Medical Center.

Along with a cutting-edge seven-room endoscopy suite, the hepatology program remains one of the premier programs in the country. The GI section at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, traditionally strong in basic research, has developed several innovative clinical programs including endoscopic ultrasound, liver transplantation and telemedicine. A multifaceted educational program for medical students, residents, fellows, community physicians and other gastroenterologists exists and has been further strengthened.

The NIH-funded academic training program, which has produced numerous leaders in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology, has remained continuously funded for 30 years. The impact of this division on the state-of-the-art of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition continues to be strong and can be assessed by both the quality and number of publications as well as the level of NIH funding.

Numerous faculty members have research funding from the NIH and/or the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thus, the division remains strong and committed to being a fertile breeding ground for future leaders in gastroenterology.

About the Chair

About the Chair

About the Chair

John F. Kuemmerle, MD, is Chair for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Dr. Kuemmerle is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology with Tenure at VCU.

A native of Minnesota, Dr. Kuemmerle received his Bachelor of Sciences degree from the College of William and Mary, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Learn more about Dr. Kuemmerle

Below you will find the sub-specialties and the clinic locations of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition . 


The Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Division has six main sub-specialties. One of the major strengths of this division is the level of clinical expertise across all of the major areas of these sub-specialties. Below you will find the following sub-specialties:

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition conducts forefront research in the following areas:

  • Neural and hormonal cell biology and signal transduction in the gut
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation and wound repair
  • Gastrointestinal oncology
  • Splanchnic blood flow, tissue ischemia, reconditioning and regulation of blood flow
  • Nutrition and pancreatic biology
  • Intestinal microflora
  • Hepatic and biliary lipid research
  • Hepatic microcirculation, portal hypertension, vascular wound healing and remodeling
  • Hepatic steatosis and steatohepatitis
  • Viral hepatitis research

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
1200 E Broad Street
West Hospital, 14th Floor
Box 980341
Richmond, VA 23298-0341
Phone: (804) 828-4060
Fax: (804) 828-5348

Division Contacts


John Kuemmerle, MD
Division Chair
Box 980341
Richmond, VA 23298-0111
Phone: (804) 828-4060


Lori Horton
Division Administrator
Phone: (804) 828-9173