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Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

 

Overview

Westchester Medical Center's gastroenterology specialists are at the forefront of progress in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders. Our team of experts, all board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, employs the most sophisticated and cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic technologies available. Our world-class facility offers comfortable, multi-disciplinary and comprehensive care, providing our patients with the most appropriate options and support services.

 

The Gastroenterology Section at Westchester Medical Center diagnoses and treats diseases of the stomach, intestines, esophagus and liver utilizing a variety of medical treatments and services. We offer standard gastroenterologic procedures such as upper endoscopy and colonoscopy as well as many tertiary services that are not widely available elsewhere.

 

The Gastroenterology Section at Westchester Medical Center diagnoses and treats diseases of the stomach, intestines, esophagus and liver utilizing a variety of medical treatments and services. We offer standard gastroenterologic procedures such as upper endoscopy and colonoscopy as well as many tertiary services that are not widely available elsewhere.

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
Combining the views of endoscopy and ultrasound, EUS provides more detailed images than traditional ultrasound or CT scan and is frequently used to guide tissue sampling by fine needle aspiration (FNA). EUS is most commonly used to:

  • Evaluate submucosal tumors
  • Stage gastrointestinal, pancreatic and lung cancers
  • Evaluate biliary abnormalities
  • Evaluate and drain pancreatic cysts
  • Sample tissue and administer nerve blocks

Esophageal Motility Study
This test is used to evaluate the contractile properties of the esophagus for patients with complaints of dysphagia, difficulty with swallowing either liquids or solids, and non-cardiac chest pain. A small tube connected to a computer is passed into the esophageal area, sending readings back to the computer for evaluation by a specialist.

Bravo Ambulatory Esophageal pH Study
By clipping a special probe onto the esophagus during a standard endoscopic procedure, this test is used to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) by recording pH levels in the esophagus over 48 hours and correlating those readings with episodes of reflux.

Esophageal Impedance Study
Patients who continue to have reflux symptoms despite use of proton pump inhibitor medication may be candidates for this new technique which measures gas or liquid reflux, including acidic and non-acidic, into the esophagus. Readings are taken from an indwelling tube in the esophagus over a 24-hour period.

BARRx Radiofrequency Ablation (Barrett's Esophagus)
This is a minimally invasive treatment for Barrett's esophagus, a change in the esophageal lining that results from longstanding reflux and is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. The treatment delivers controlled radiofrequency energy to destroy a thin layer of surface tissue that contains the precancerous cells. In the majority of cases, it eliminates the need for surgery.

Enterra Gastric Pacemaker (for Gastroparesis)
A therapy using mild electrical pulses from a small implanted pacemaker to stimulate the stomach, this treatment is for patients presenting with severe symptomatic gastroparesis when conventional drug therapies are not effective. The stimulation from the electrical pulses improves the contraction of the stomach, thereby relieving symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

Capsule Endoscopy
For patients presenting with intestinal bleeding, suspected small intestinal tumors and inflammatory bowel disease

Edward Lebovics, M.D., FACP, FACG, AGAF
Chief, Section of Gastroenterology & Hepatobiliary Diseases


Our Medical Staff

Gastroenterology/Hepatobilliary
Roxana Bodin, MD
Brad Dworkin, MD
Isaac Galandauer, MD
Seth Gendler MD
Daniela Jodorkovsky, MD
Edward Lebovics, MD (Section Chief)
Shireen Pais, MBBS
David Cary Wolf, MD

Allied Health Practitioners

Gastroenterology/Hepatobilliary
Jody Hirsch, PA-C