Division of Gastroenterology
Meet Our Division Director
We combine our years of experience with advanced technology and techniques to deliver outstanding gastroenterology care.
Access to Latest Clinical Trials
Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only four institutions in the world that is participating in a unique genetic trial for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.
Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment
At Hackensack University Medical Center, our gastroenterologists provide comprehensive care for common and complex conditions of the digestive tract using the latest treatments, including:
- High-resolution esophageal manometry and pH study. This study determines whether your esophagus is working normally by measuring the pressure in your esophagus when you are resting and when you are
- Spiral enteroscopy. Spiral enteroscopy is a technique that allows doctors to look for problems in your small bowel.
- Colonoscopy with biopsy. Our surgeons perform expert colonoscopy procedures to screen for colorectal cancer, remove colon polyps, and perform biopsies of suspicious tissue.
- Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR). During this procedure, your doctor will use an endoscope to remove precancerous growths or early-stage cancer from the inside lining of your digestive tract.
- Endoscopic submucosal resection (ESD). During this procedure, your doctor will use an endoscope to remove tumors that are deeper in the lining of the digestive tract.
- Submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection (STER). STER is a surgical treatment that removes upper GI submucosal tumors by creating a tunnel between two layers of tissue inside the gastrointestinal tract.
- Advanced therapeutic endoscopy.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). This procedure combines an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and x-rays to treat bile duct and pancreatic problems.
- Digital choledochoscopy.
- Electrohydraulic lithotripsy. This procedure is performed with a special device that uses electricity to break up bile duct stones.
- Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF). TIF is a minimally invasive treatment for GERD that allows your physician to repair your esophageal valve.
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). EUS is a diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves to create images of the inside of your digestive tract and nearby organs.
- EUS-guided biliary and gallbladder drainage.
- EUS-guided AXIOS pancreatic fluid drainage and necrosectomy. During this procedure, your doctor will place a small tube called an AXIOS stent to drain fluid from your pancreas and perform a necrosectomy to remove dead pancreatic tissue.
- EUS-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of pancreas tumors and cysts. Our gastroenterologists are the only physicians in New Jersey performing this procedure, which uses an electrical current to treat pancreatic tumors or cysts.
- BARRX esophageal RFA for Barrett’s esophagus. This procedure treats Barrett’s esophagus, a complication of GERD, and uses a special device called a catheter to deliver a pulse of energy that removes diseased areas of the esophagus.
- Endoscopic treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum. Using a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera called an endoscope, your doctor will provide treatment for Zenker’s diverticulum, a condition that causes a pouch to develop in a part of the esophagus.
As part of our commitment to gastrointestinal health and academic medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center offers two gastroenterology fellowship programs:
Each month, a fellow rotates for high-level training in advanced endoscopic techniques, including:
- High-resolution esophageal manometry
- Biliary manometry for sphincter of Oddi dysfunction
- Spiral enteroscopy
- Advanced therapeutic endoscopy
- Digital choledochoscopy
- Electrohydraulic lithotripsy
- Endoscopic ultrasound
- EUS-guided biliary and gallbladder drainage
- EUS-guided AXIOS pancreatic fluid drainage and necrosectomy
- EUS- guided RFA of pancreas tumors and cysts
- BARRX esophageal RFA of Barrett’s esophagus
- Endoscopic treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum
Each month, two fellows rotate for general GI training, including inpatient and outpatient management of gastrointestinal problems and procedural training in endoscopy and colonoscopy.
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