Patient Care

Kaul Appointed Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Feb. 28, 2013
Vivek Kaul, M.D.

Vivek Kaul, M.D., was named chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, according to Paul C. Levy, M.D., Charles A. Dewey Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Kaul was recruited to URMC in 2008 to further develop advanced endoscopic services and to establish new programs in interventional endoscopy. In 2009, he was appointed director of clinical operations for the division and soon thereafter named acting division chief.

In that role, Kaul helped design and establish the off-site Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy Center at Sawgrass, and continued to expand clinical and advanced endoscopy services. More recently, the division added a state-of-the-art Interventional Endoscopy suite in the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Strong Memorial Hospital. The center’s advanced capabilities include a confocal laser endomicrosopy system, endoluminal cryoablation therapy, the latest endoscopic ultrasound equipment and a comprehensive array of endoscopic technologies to enable advanced pancreatic-biliary endoscopy and the care of the patient with GI cancer.

“As we prepare for health care reform and develop new models of delivering the highest value care for our patients, Dr. Kaul will undoubtedly be a great asset for our health system,” said Levy. “He has assembled a fantastic group of faculty that provides outstanding care across the spectrum of patient needs, including basic screening as well as advanced endoscopy.”  

Kaul bolstered the division by recruiting four new faculty members and a skilled group of physician assistants and nurse practitioners, improving access and case management for patients.

“Dr. Kaul understands the importance of providing high quality and timely care,” said Marc Berliant, M.D., Raymond J. Mayewski Professor of Medicine and Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs. “He has put together a top- notch group of clinicians who deliver this care across a broad array of gastrointestinal illnesses.”

Under Kaul’s guidance, the division has fostered robust clinical and research collaborations within URMC. Outreach efforts, combined with continued investment in the latest technology, have expanded the division’s referrals and capabilities, complementing growing clinical, clinical research and community-oriented programs. For the last two years, the Gastroenterology (GI & GI Surgery) program has earned national recognition from U.S. News & World Report, ranking as a high-performing, academic, quarternary-level program.

Kaul earned his medical degree from Delhi University and completed an internal medicine residency at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center and a gastroenterology fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He also completed an advanced endoscopy (EUS/ERCP) fellowship at the Milwaukee Pancreatico-Biliary Center. Kaul serves on several national gastroenterology committees, has authored several publications, is a sought-after speaker, and presents regularly at national and international meetings.

“Dr. Kaul is an outstanding clinician with amazing technical expertise,” said Wallace E. Johnson, M.D., Ralph W. Prince Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair for Primary Care and Director of the University of Rochester's Center for Primary Care. “Additionally, he has proven to be a very skilled administrator, achieving great success already in improving access to GI services as well as improving the patient experience.”

For information or referrals to the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, visit or call (585) 275-4711.