Treating diseases of the digestive tractMillions of Americans struggle with diseases of the digestive tract, ranging from the daily discomfort of heartburn to life-threatening illnesses such as colon and liver cancers.
The Gastroenterology/Hepatology Program at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, a renowned academic medical center, is staffed by specialists with expertise in the complete range of these disorders. Patients from throughout the country seek care from physicans in the Gastroenterology/Hepatology Program for treatment and for second opinions.
The Gastroenterology/Hepatology Program is internationally known for:
- Using the most advanced diagnostic technology, including state-of-the-art endoscopy.
- Performing cutting-edge treatments, including advanced therapeutic endoscopy.
- Innovation beyond diagnosing and treating disease; Medical College of Wisconsin physicians are also creating new ways to enhance care for people with digestive disease. Examples include:
- The Dua Anti-Reflux Valve, developed to reduce reflux of stomach contents in patients with cancer of the esophagus
- The Shaker Exercise, proven to improve or restore swallowing function in patients with swallowing disorders
- Development of new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease based on an extensive database of information from patients with the disease
- Pressure recording manometry catheters used throughout the world to diagnose and manage gastrointestinal tract motility disorders
- Promoting disease prevention through community outreach programs that place a strong emphasis on screening for cancers of the digestive system, such as colorectal and esophageal cancers.
- Research-based practice to enhance knowledge and treatment on disorders of the digestive system. The Medical College of Wisconsin is a leader in clinical research trials. This team of expert physician-scientists is actively involved in the most up-to-date research on disorders of the digestive system.
- Teaching the next generation of gastroenterologists and hepatologists. The Medical College of Wisconsin gastroenterology and hepatology training program has trained more than 130 physicians. These efforts are recognized and supported by a prestigious National Institutes of Health training grant.
Specialized Care TeamThe Froedtert & The Medical College Gastroenterology/Hepatology Program is staffed by a nationally recognized group of physicians and scientists representing multiple specialties. Their unique collaboration provides a multi-faceted approach to patient care, research and education in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of digestive disease, including:
- General gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, such as abdominal pain, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, gas, fecal incontinence, hemorrhoids, nausea, vomiting, motility disorders and gastrointestinal bleeding
- Bowel disease, such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) and irritable bowel syndrome
- Liver disease, such as viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplantation evaluation and management
- Diseases of the pancreas, bile ducts and gallbladder, such as tumors, stones, cysts and strictures
- Esophagus disease — gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus, cancer, achalasia, eosinophilic (allergic) esophagitis and diffuse esophageal spasm
- Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) and gastroesophageal motility disorders
- Stomach disease, such as dyspepsia, ulcers, cancer and cyclical vomiting syndrome
- Nutritional disorders, including celiac disease
- Women’s GI disorders
The gastroenterologists and hepatologists in the program provide care based on a multidisciplinary approach. This comprehensive team includes surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and other specialists who are readily available — all under one roof. They are joined by physician assistants, nurses, dietitians, and other team members who have the knowledge, experience and skill to manage the entire range of complex diseases of the digestive tract.
Convenient LocationsMany of our physicians also see patients at other Froedtert & The Medical College locations including Community Memorial Medical Commons in Menomonee Falls and our newest location at Moorland Reserve Health Center in New Berlin.
Author: Marla Fraunfelder
|Medical Reviewer: ||Kia Saeian, MD, MSC, EPi, FAGG|
|Medical College of Wisconsin Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist|
Last Review Date: Oct. 25, 2013
Online Editor(s): Shannon Krause