Disorders of the digestive tract require treatment by specialists with advanced training and experience. Whether receiving treatment for a liver, gallbladder, bile duct or pancreatic condition, or undergoing a liver transplant, Froedtert & the Medical College use a collaborative approach to care.
Digestive Tract Treatment Team
Team members include:
- Surgical oncologists with expertise and experience in performing surgery of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and bile ducts
- Hepatologists — physicians who specialize in liver disease
- Interventional radiologists — physicians who use imaging, such as ultrasound, to perform targeted, minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat disease
- Gastroenterologists — physicians with extensive training in performing diagnostic tests and treating diseases of the digestive tract
- Medical oncologists — physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer and use chemotherapy and other drugs to treat cancer
- Radiation oncologists — physicians who specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy
- Advanced practice nurses and physician assistants who work directly with physicians to help evaluate patients and facilitate care to meet all patient needs.
These specialists work together to offer each patient the optimal treatment plan, which may involve a combination of tests and treatments. The shared expertise of many specialists produces a higher rate of successful treatment for patients. Patients receive comprehensive care from the time of diagnosis and continuing through treatment and beyond.
The Gastroenterology/Hepatology Program excels in:
- Performing advanced endoscopy and other non-surgical treatments for disorders of the digestive tract.
- Working with surgeons, radiologists and oncologists to treat cancers of the digestive system.
- Providing nutritional support based on the functioning of the patient’s digestive tract, underlying disease and other factors.
High Volume of Procedures
Froedtert & the Medical College surgeons perform more than 1,000 procedures of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts each year, and interventional radiologists perform a variety of percutaneous procedures. Patient outcomes correlate with the high volume of procedures we perform.
Treating Cancer of the Digestive System
Cancer may develop at any point in the digestive system. These include common cancers such as colon and rectal cancers, and less common cancers that occur in the esophagus, pancreas, gallbladder, liver and stomach. Gastroenterologists and hepatologists work in close collaboration with surgeons, radiologists and oncologists to diagnose and treat cancers of the digestive system. Learn more about cancer treatment for: