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Diagnosing & Treating Digestive Tract Disorders Endoscopically

January 15, 2009
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From Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Gastroenterologists from the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic (HBP) Disorders Service at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will perform Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS) and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) during a single procedure in a live webcast at noon on Tuesday, January 15, 2009.

John (Jerry) Evans, M.D. will perform the procedures. The webcast will be moderated by co-hosts John Baillie, M.B., Ch.B, F.R.C.P., F.A.C.G., an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and management of HBP disorders, and Girish Mishra, M.D., director of the EUS Service.  MORE...
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Gastroenterologists from the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic (HBP) Disorders Service at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will perform Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS) and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) during a single procedure in a live webcast at noon on Tuesday, January 15, 2009.

John (Jerry) Evans, M.D. will perform the procedures. The webcast will be moderated by co-hosts John Baillie, M.B., Ch.B, F.R.C.P., F.A.C.G., an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and management of HBP disorders, and Girish Mishra, M.D., director of the EUS Service.

EUS is used to examine the lining and walls of the upper and lower digestive tracts. ERCP provides access for diagnosing and, increasingly, treating problems involving the bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas. Many hepatobiliary and pancreatic disorders, including cancers of the digestive system, require one or both of these procedures and Wake Forest Baptist is among a small number of medical centers offering both procedures under a single sedation.

EUS allows the physician to determine the extent of the cancer as well as to assess the cancer's depth and whether it has spread to adjacent lymph glands or nearby vital structures such as major blood vessels.

The HPB Disorders Service at Wake Forest Baptist is one of the most active in the state, seeing more than 1,000 outpatients a year and performing approximately 800 ERCPs annually.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (www.wfubmc.edu) is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Brenner Children's Hospital, Wake Forest University Physicians, and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university's School of Medicine and Piedmont Triad Research Park. The system comprises 1,154 acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and has been ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report since 1993. Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the nation by America's Top Doctors for the number of its doctors considered best by their peers. The institution ranks in the top third in funding by the National Institutes of Health and fourth in the Southeast in revenues from its licensed intellectual property.

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