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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Interventional Endoscopy

The program in Interventional Endoscopy is committed to excellence in clinical service, education and research. Our clinical service has a well established national referral base consisting of cancer specialists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, and primary care providers. We provide expert consultations in benign and malignant pancreatic disorders, gallbladder and bile duct diseases, cancers of the digestive organs and management of GERD, using a multi-disciplinary approach. Advanced procedures are performed by expert endoscopists in patient centered facilities equipped with the most advanced medical technology. Some of the specialized procedures offered include endoscopic treatment of GERD, therapeutic ERCP, direct cholangioscopy and pancreatoscopy, stone lithotripsy, drainage of pseudocysts and intraabdominal abscesses, endoscopic resection of pre-malignant and early colon and gastrointestinal tumors, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with fine needle aspiration cytology, nerve blocks for pancreatic cancer patients, stenting for relief of bile duct or intestinal blockage, endoscopic examination of the small bowel, and capsule endoscopy.

As part of our commitment to medical education, the program offers a sought after fellowship in Advanced Interventional Endoscopy. One position is offered per year to a qualified candidate who has completed an accredited three-year Gastroenterology fellowship. Trainees receive intensive training in advanced therapeutic endoscopy techniques, participate in consultations and management of patients with gastrointestinal and pancreaticobiliary disorders, and conduct clinical and pre-clinical research projects. Approximately 1500 ERCP and 1000 EUS procedures are performed at our teaching facilities annually. In addition, we offer practicing specialists opportunities to attend continuing medical education programs taught by an international panel of experts in endoscopy.

The program is actively involved in clinical research in pancreatic and biliary diseases, cancer detection and treatment, endoscopic control of bleeding, endoscopic treatment of GERD, and other novel endoscopic techniques. We also have a state-of-the-art experimental laboratory for conducting pre-clinical testing in developmental endoscopy and minimally invasive transgastric surgery.