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James W. Ostroff, M.D.

James W. Ostroff, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics and Radiology
Lynne and Marc Benioff Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology

Director, Endoscopy Unit and Gastrointestinal Consultative

Contact Information

Academic Office
Division of Gastroenterology
Endoscopy Suite, Box 1007
San Francisco, CA 94143-1007
Phone: 415-353-1702
Fax: 415-353-8579
Gastroenterology at Parnassus
350 Parnassus Ave., Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 502-2112
Fax: (415) 514-3300
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
2330 Post St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 502-4444
Fax: (415) 502-2249
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  • 1965-1970 B.S., Chemistry, B.S., Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
  • Troy, New York
  • 1970-1975 Medical Science, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1975-1977 M.D., Cornell Medical College
  • 7/77-6/78 Medical Intern, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
  • 7/78-6/80 Medical Resident and Assistant, Chief Medical Resident, New York
  • Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
  • 1/80-7/80 Research Associate in Immunology, Preceptor H.A. Kunkel and
  • Assistant Physician Rockefeller University Hospital
  • 7/80-6/82 Fellow in Clinical Gastroenterology, University of California , San
  • Francisco
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - General
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology Subspecialty
  • UCSF Transplant Program
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Crohns Disease
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroparesis
  • Intestinal Failure
  • Intestinal Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Edoscopic management of post-operative complications
  • Endoscopic therapy for the biliary tract, and pancreas and post-operative strictures
  • Obscure GI bleeding

Dr. James Ostroff is a gastroenterologist at UCSF Medical Center where he directs the Endoscopy unit and the Gastrointestinal Consultation Service. Ostroff specializes in the endoscopic therapy of obstructive jaundice, benign and malignant pancreatic diseases, endoscopic management of malignant bowel obstructions and endoscopic treatment of complications after surgical esophagectomies and orthotopic liver transplants.

Ostroff earned an undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a medical degree at Cornell Medical College. He completed an internship and residency at New York Hospital. He also studied the immunology of liver disease in the laboratory of Dr. Henry Kunkel at Rockefeller University before coming to UCSF where he is a professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics. Over the last 22 years, he has published more than 65 articles, chapters and abstracts on the endoscopic management of gastrointestinal and liver diseases.

His research focuses on endoscopic therapy for the biliary tract and pancreas and post-operative strictures, obscure GI bleeding and endoscopic management of post-operative complications. Ostroff has established one of the largest endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) training programs in North America.

Most recent publications from a total of 34
  1. Kidambi TD, Bagatelos KC, Ostroff JW. The Answer Is in the Ampulla. Gastroenterology. 2018 Sep; 155(3):e13-e14. View in PubMed
  2. Kidambi TD, Schmajuk G, Gross AJ, Ostroff JW, Terdiman JP, Lee JK. Endoscopy is of low yield in the identification of gastrointestinal neoplasia in patients with dermatomyositis: A cross-sectional study. World J Gastroenterol. 2017 Jul 14; 23(26):4788-4795. View in PubMed
  3. Usatin D, Fernandes M, Allen IE, Perito ER, Ostroff J, Heyman MB. Reply. J Pediatr. 2017 07; 186:216. View in PubMed
  4. Usatin D, Fernandes M, Allen IE, Perito ER, Ostroff J, Heyman MB. Complications of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography in Pediatric Patients; A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis. J Pediatr. 2016 12; 179:160-165.e3. View in PubMed
  5. Ho EY, George V, McCracken M, Ostroff JW. A 13 year-old boy with post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorder presenting with obscure gastrointestinal bleeding: a case report. F1000Res. 2014; 3:88. View in PubMed
  6. Lyo V, Cattaruzza F, Kim TN, Walker AW, Paulick M, Cox D, Cloyd J, Buxbaum J, Ostroff J, Bogyo M, Grady EF, Bunnett NW, Kirkwood KS. Active cathepsins B, L, and S in murine and human pancreatitis. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2012 Oct 15; 303(8):G894-903. View in PubMed
  7. Buxbaum JL, Biggins SW, Bagatelos KC, Inadomi JM, Ostroff JW. Inoperable pancreatic cancer patients who have prolonged survival exhibit an increased risk of cholangitis. JOP. 2011 Jul 08; 12(4):377-83. View in PubMed
  8. Buxbaum JL, Biggins SW, Bagatelos KC, Ostroff JW. Predictors of endoscopic treatment outcomes in the management of biliary problems after liver transplantation at a high-volume academic center. Gastrointest Endosc. 2011 Jan; 73(1):37-44. View in PubMed
  9. Ostroff JW. Management of biliary complications in the liver transplant patient. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2010 Apr; 6(4):264-72. View in PubMed
  10. Ostroff JW. Pain and chronic pancreatitis: are we really ready for metal in the pancreatic duct? Gastrointest Endosc. 2008 Dec; 68(6):1179-81. View in PubMed
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