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Physician Education: Gastroenterology

The Role of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Treating Patients with IBD and Other GI Disorders

Patients with intestinal diseases such as IBD, may be  more likely to experience higher rates of abdominal discomfort unrelated to their disease and have a higher proclivity for depression and anxiety.  Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist in UPMC's Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition says it is important to intervene as early as possible to eliminate stresses that often exacerbate the progression of  disease.

Minimally Invasive Liver Cancer Surgery

Patients diagnosed with liver cancer or benign liver tumors now have a surgical option, called a laparoscopic liver resection, that can offer less pain and blood loss and a shorter recovery time.

Crohn's disease: A New Paradigm for Patient Care

Despite medications, about two-thirds of all patients with Crohn's disease will require surgery and in some, Crohn's will recur. Doctors at UPMC are finding that the initiation of certain medications immediately following surgery may change the course of postoperative Crohn's, essentially preventing a recurrence.

Personalized Care: A New Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Pancreatic Disease

At UPMC, physician researchers have learned that the most effective treatment for pancreatic disease is a personalized approach for each patient. Dr. David Whitcomb and Dr. Adam Slivka explain how tools such as genetics, molecular analysis and others help identify the cause of pancreatitis, ensuring patients receive the right treatment as quickly as possible.

Suggestions for Improving Colonoscopy Technique

Dr. Robert Schoen offers simple suggestions to make colonoscopy more comfortable for the patient and more efficient for the physician.