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Welcome to the Digestive Disease Center

A Message From The Chief

At the Temple Digestive Disease Center, we care for patients with both common digestive disorders and rare, difficult to treat gastrointestinal problems. Our goal is to provide the most appropriate treatment in a caring environment and return patients to fully functioning lives.

Our physicians and staff regularly care for patients with esophageal reflux disease, hemorrhoids and Hepatitis C, and perform colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. When digestive diseases get complicated, we have the experience, staff and state-of-the-art facilities to provide whatever is needed to improve outcomes

We are a primary care center, serving our community; a secondary care center, caring for patients referred from the greater Philadelphia area; and a tertiary care center, treating patients referred from other academic medical centers. Patients come from all over the northeastern United States to be seen in our motility center. Our doctors are nationally and internationally recognized for their patient care.

Our facilities are second to none. We have the cutting edge diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to manage diseases ranging from pancreatico-biliary disorders, small intestinal conditions and motility disorders. We have an active clinical practice at Temple University Hospital and offices in Center City Philadelphia and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. We are involved in a number of clinical and educational research programs.

Our Hepatology staff has extensive experience treating all types of liver disorders. An exciting new development is medical treatment of Hepatitis C that is over 90% effective in curing the infection.

We believe in a team approach to patient care, with regular, collaborative meetings in which Temple surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and gastroenterologists discuss patient cases and develop optimal treatment plans.

Areas of special expertise include:

  • Motility testing of the gastrointestinal tract. This includes acid and motility testing of the esophagus, motility of the small intestine and function of the rectum. Temple researchers and clinicians developed tests to assess the function of the intestine that are available in only a few centers in the world.
  • Barrett’s Esophagus, a complication of chronic reflux that can lead to cancer. We utilize state-of-the-art cytology and laser mapping of the esophagus. Our therapies include cryotherapy, radio frequency ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection and endoscopic submucosal dissection.
  • Capsule endoscopy for the small intestine that enables us to non-invasively visualize the entire small bowel. Push and device assisted enteroscopy enable therapy in every part of the small bowel.
  • Treatment of hemorrhoids with infrared light or rubber band ligation.
  • ERCP performed in a state-of-the-art facility. High resolution fluoroscopy and double balloon enteroscopy permit successful procedures to be performed in even the most difficult post-surgical patients.
  • Liver transplantation and treatment of a wide range of liver diseases.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound that enables us to diagnose, stage and treat disorders throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

Research is an important part of Gastroenterology at Temple. We have faculty members who are supported by the National Institutes of Health, as well as national foundations and private industry. Special treatment protocols are available to Temple patients that are not available elsewhere. Publications and advances by our faculty make the news.

The Digestive Disease Center is a dynamic, cutting edge group comprised of physicians and medical staff who continuously work to advance medical science and provide outstanding and compassionate care to our patients.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH
Chief, Section of Gastroenterology

Date Published: Monday, April 11, 2016