UCLA Vatche & Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases

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UCLA receives $20 million to establish Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center

Among the most promising areas of scientific inquiry is the study of the human microbiome and its effect on health. To fuel more rapid progress in this field, Andrea and Donald Goodman and Renee and Meyer Luskin have made a $20 million gift to establish the UCLA Goodman–Luskin Microbiome Center.

Scores of investigators at the UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases and across the campus are working to “fingerprint” the brain and gut microbiome to elucidate the role microbial diversity plays in resistance to disease, and whether lifestyle interventions can reduce the risks for and symptoms of chronic diseases.

UCLA Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment, and research aimed at combating debilitating and deadly disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Our physicians, scientists, and fellows come from some of the most prestigious research institutions in the world. They are attracted to UCLA because of its reputation as a leading research center in the field of digestive disorders, and thus the division is further strengthened by having them on its team of professionals.

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To find out more about our gastroenterology services, call 310-855-7002.


For Patients and Visitors

In addition to being at the forefront of research and training, our physicians offer the highest-quality patient care. They see patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, and at UCLA community clinics across Southern California.

Fellowship Program

The UCLA GI Fellowship Program produces experts in every facet of clinical gastroenterology, hepatology, and related research. It is among the largest program of its kind in the nation, with 23 fellows receiving training at any time.

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Research has been a mainstay of our division since it was established in 1953, and over the course of our 70-year history we have grown to become a world leader in contributing new digestive diseases-related knowledge through scientific studies. Our faculty publish extensively and play prominent roles in national meetings, advancing the state of the science and ushering in cutting-edge treatments that improve and save lives.

Meet Our Expert Team

The Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases is home to nearly 94 faculty physicians and scientists, each with a specific area of expertise in basic science and/or clinical research and treatment.

Our Locations

We have clinic locations in Beverly Hills, Downtown LA, Encino, North Hollywood, Porter Ranch, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Simi Valley, Thousankd Oaks, Torrance, West Hills and Westwood.

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Thanks in part to the generosity of many individuals we continue to be a national and world leader in patient care, treatment, training, and research.

Digestive Diseases News

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Beyond the Scope - Winter 2024 PDF Cover Image

Beyond the Scope highlights the exciting work taking place in our division