New Therapies for Patients

Not only does the Augusta University Health Digestive Health Center provide world-class care with advanced diagnostics and treatments, but our team is pioneering and conducting cutting-edge research in many areas to uncover new solutions for challenging diseases and improve digestive health so that we practice tomorrow’s medicine today. Some of our current and upcoming clinical trials include:

Advanced Endoscopy

  • Novel endoscopic diagnostics and treatments


  • New methods of improving colonic preparations for colonoscopy


  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease mechanisms and new treatments
  • Liver injury and role of vascular mechanisms
  • Hepatocellular cancer

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Novel biologic therapies for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Translational studies on guanylyl cyclase C, or GCC, and colitis

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Brain-gut-brain interaction studies to understand IBS and drug effects such as linaclotide

Motility and Neurogastroenterology

  • Neuromodulation therapy for fecal incontinence and levator ani syndrome
  • New enzyme therapy for dietary fructose intolerance
  • Novel methods of sensory biofeedback training for anorectal problems
  • New diagnostic tests for gas/bloating, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and small intestinal fungal overgrowth, and pelvic floor disorders
  • Comparative trials of wireless motility capsule and impact on treatment of gastroparesis

To learn more about different research opportunities within the Gastroenterology and Motility department, please visit the clinical trials under Augusta University Health Digestive Health Center for a list of current research studies that aim to help those with Fecal incontinence, Parkinson's and more pertaining to digestive health. Dr. Satish Rao and his team of dedicated researchers aim to improve the lives of many with those who come in requesting assistance and utilizing the information patients introduce to him and his team to help improve care for future patients

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, you will need to undergo an initial screening to see if you meet certain requirements. We will also need access to your medical records.

For more information, contact 706-721-1968.