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Gastroenterology and Liver Disease Management/Transplant Research

The Henry & Marion Bloch Liver Disease Management & Transplant Center provides convenient access to comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with liver disease and hepatobiliary malignancy. In addition to its superb team of physicians and health care professionals, the center offers access to advanced treatment modalities, including the opportunity to participate in clinical research trials.

Recent highlights

​Sreeni S. Jonnalagadda, M.D., was the site principal investigator and enrolled patients in two multicenter studies using endoscopy procedures to treat obesity. The Essential Trial studies the safety and efficacy of g-Cath EZ anchors used in conjunction with a structured diet and exercise plan. The Obalon Trial studies the safety and efficacy of intragastric balloons. Both studies are ongoing. Dr. Jonnalagadda served on the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s national task force for Bariatric Endoscopy and currently serves as a member of the Association for Bariatric Endoscopy (ABE) committee, which is tasked with helping all ASGE members and endoscopists incorporate endoscopic therapies for obesity into clinical practice.

John Helzberg, M.D., Rajiv Chhabra, M.D., and gastroenterology fellow Alisa Likhitsup, M.D., continued their evaluation of the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in patients with inflammatory bowel disease receiving biologic therapy. Saint Luke’s liver specialists and cardiologists are also continuing their studies on the association between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and a high risk for cardiovascular disease.

The 2015 Updates in Gastroenterology Conference drew 100 attendees and covered luminal GI, advanced endoscopy, liver diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease. Education was provided by Saint Luke’s Hospital faculty and national experts.

Two new physicians joined the GI Section: Fadi Hamid, M.D., who completed advanced training in inflammatory bowel disease at the University of North Carolina, and Susana Escalante-Gorsky, M.D. We also expanded our consultative services at Saint Luke’s South Hospital and are going forward with plans to provide 24/7/365 gastroenterology services at Saint Luke’s North Hospital.

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For more information about Saint Luke's research, call 816-932-4655.