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Gastroenterology Services

This group provides comprehensive, high-quality care in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal system, which includes the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines and liver. Conditions routinely treated include inflammatory bowel disease; peptic ulcer disease; esophageal disorders, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or Barrett's esophagus; nutrition-related disease; and liver, biliary and pancreatic diseases. The team is composed of physicians, registered nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and research staff. Approximately 8,500 procedures are performed and 13,000 outpatient and inpatient visits occur each year. Our pediatric gastroenterologists treat children and teens with gastrointestinal issues.

The gastroenterology physicians strive to provide the highest quality care. Educating fellows, rotating residents and medical students through classroom and clinical exposure requires physicians to stay up to date with diagnosing conditions and providing treatment.

Special Programs

Clinical Nutrition Program
Expert caregivers treat nutrition-related diseases in outpatient and inpatient settings.

Gastrointestinal Oncology Center
Unique in Chicago, the center provides multidisciplinary care for gastrointestinal cancer.

Hepatology Program
The program is a leader in the management of hepatitis C. Physicians treat all aspects of liver disease, including viral hepatitis, cholestatic liver disease, hepatoma and hepatic failure. The division is an integral part of Loyola's liver transplantation program, which was launched in 1997.

Interventional Endoscopy
Loyola's gastroenterologists perform high-tech diagnostic and therapeutic upper endoscopy, diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy, and motility testing. They also perform endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and endoscopic ultrasound of the esophagus and stomach. The team offers a large number of procedures, including fine-needle aspirations of cysts and placing stents in the biliary tract.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Our gastroenterologists work closely with our surgeons in the care of patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These diseases are closely related but have distinct differences. Both conditions affect young people, are thought to be caused by abnormalities in the immune system, affect body systems apart from the digestive tract and are treated with the same medications. Medicine is used as the initial treatment for all patients; surgery is reserved for those who do not respond to treatment or cannot tolerate the side effects of the medications. Your surgeon will discuss surgical options, including the less-invasive laparoscopic approach.

Research
The gastroenterology division conducts basic and clinical research to find out why certain illnesses happen and the best way to treat them. Research interests include: developing markers for detecting early stages of fibrosis in liver disease and reasons for nonresponse to interferon treatment in hepatitis C, pathogenesis of Barrett's esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its chemo prevention with the use of COX2, colon cancer and polyp and isoflavons chemo-preventive effect. Other studies include those regarding GERD, obesity, prevention of h-pylori and gastric emptying.
 

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