Centers of Excellence

Liver Center

The Liver Center at University Gastroenterology is under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Sepe and Dr. Eric Newton. The Liver Center provides the latest in state-of-the-art care for all forms of liver disease, including Hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis and its complications, hereditary liver disease, and fatty liver/steatohepatitis. The Research Unit of the Liver Center under the direction of Dr. Sepe as Principal Investigator has conducted over 90 clinical trials in liver disease. Many of the latest treatments leading to cure in Hepatitis C have been developed at the Center, and its staff members are experts in their usage. Current trials are focusing on agents effective for the treatment of steatohepatitis and the therapy and reversal of cirrhosis and well as even better therapies for Hepatitis C.

The Liver Center features FIBROscan, an FDA-approved device for the noninvasive assessment of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis; it is the only device of its kind in clinical practice within 50 miles. The physicians of University Gastroenterology are happy to accept referrals in liver disease from physicians in Rhode Island and throughout Southeastern New England. University Gastroenterology evaluates patients on four main campuses with satellite offices located throughout the State of Rhode Island. It is a major affiliate of UNIVERSITY ENDOSCOPY GROUP, composed of four state-of-the-art outpatient ambulatory endoscopy centers.

Thomas E. Sepe, M.D. – Director
Eric Newton, M.D. – Associate Director
Brandie Millovitsch, R.N. – Research Coordinator

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

The Center for Crohn’s and Colitis at University Gastroenterology provides specialized care to patients who have Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. Our doctors are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care using the latest diagnostic and treatment methods.  Some of the aspects provided by the Center include:

  • Medical care by gastroenterologists specialized in managing Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Endoscopic services
    • upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy
    • small bowel video capsule
    • all endoscopic biopsies are reviewed by specialized GI pathologists
  • Infusion therapy
    • biologic medications (i.e. Remicade, Entyvio)
    • iron supplementation
  • Registered dietitians on­site provide nutrition counseling
  • Laboratory testing on­site
  • Assistance with navigating medication discount programs and insurance benefits for medications
  • We collaborate with the leading colorectal surgeons and radiologists in Rhode Island.

Dr. Sheldon Lidofsky, M.D. – Co­-Director
Dr. Joel Spellun, M.D. – Co-Director ­

Advanced Endoscopy Center

The role of endoscopy and minimally invasive procedures in complex gastrointestinal disorders has grown exponentially. Fully committed to the comprehensive endoscopic care of these patients, University Gastroenterology has established the UGI Advanced Endoscopy Center. Led by internationally known Paul Akerman, M.D., our 4 advanced trained endoscopists use leading-edge techniques and state-of-the-art technology in the treatment of a variety of GI issues, including pancreato-biliary diseases, small bowel disorders, Barrett’s esophagus, and weight loss management. With several office locations and integral affiliations with the major Rhode Island hospitals, the UGI Advanced Endoscopy Center is honored to provide our skills and experience to the care of the communities of Southern New England

Paul Akerman, M.D. – Director
William Chen, M.D. – Co-Director
Pranith Perera, M.D. – Director of Endoscopic Ultrasound
Jason Ferreira, M.D. – Director of Bariatric Endoscopy