In October, 1995, the University Hospital opened the Endoscopy Center, a major new state-of-the-art endoscopy facility. Nearly 7000 square feet in size, and built at a cost of nearly $2 million, the center provides a superb environment for advanced endoscopy and training. A full range of endoscopic procedures is performed at both the University and VA hospitals, totaling approximately 6000 annually. In addition to diagnostic upper endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, ERCP, and colonoscopy with polypectomy, therapeutic procedures including sclerotherapy and band ligation, endoscopic sphincterotomy and biliary stenting, endoscopic bleeding management, and percutaneous gastrostomy are regularly performed. Five faculty members have particular interest and expertise in therapeutic endoscopy. Fellows are also exposed to computerized esophageal manometry, ambulatory pH monitoring, sphincter of Oddi manometry, enteroscopy, photodynamic therapy and endoscopic ultrasonography. All endoscopic procedures are directly supervised by divisional faculty.
The Division's longstanding expertise in hepatology has been augmented by the activation of the University's liver transplant program since 1995. This provides exceptionally broad exposure in both research and clinical care arenas. Specialized procedures relative to hepatology, including therapeutic biliary endoscopy and laparoscopy, are available; and numerous ongoing research protocols focus on the study of liver disease.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease