Fading boundary between gastroenterology and surgery

J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2000 Oct:15 Suppl:G34-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1746.2000.02263.x.


The developments of minimally invasive surgery and therapeutic endoscopy have blurred the traditional distinctions between surgical and medical disciplines. Maintenance of the time-honoured separation of surgery and medicine now hinders the full flowering of innovative interventions. Patient care, clinical research and education in digestive disorders require structural realignment, as is being attempted in the Digestive Disease Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

MeSH terms

  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal
  • Forecasting
  • Gastroenterology / trends*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / surgery
  • General Surgery / trends*
  • Hospital Departments / organization & administration
  • Humans