Medical Team - Digestive Disease Specialists & Gastrointestinal Surgeons

With a nationally-recognized medical staff of digestive disease specialists and GI surgeons, the Temple Digestive Disease Center team of doctors has earned a reputation for excellence and innovative care, due in part to its successful treatment of unusual and difficult cases.

Gastroenterology


Oleh Haluszka, M.D.Oleh Haluszka, MD
Chief, Section of Gastroenterology
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Therapeutic endoscopy for management of GI cancer, GI bleeding, and other diseases of the pancreas, bile duct, gallbladder, and liver; pancreatic/biliary endoscopy (ERCP); enteral and biliary stenting; mucosal ablative therapies; endoscopic ultrasound; enteroscopy for visualization of small bowel; biomarkers of pancreaticobiliary tumors
EDUCATION: Medical degreee, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
TRAINING: Gastroenterology fellowships, US Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA, and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Residency and internship, US Naval Hospital and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
VIDEO: Oleh Haluszka, MD - For Physicians
VIDEO: Oleh Haluszka, MD - For Patients

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Abdullah M. S. Al-Osaimi, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF
Chief, Division of Hepatology and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation, Temple University Hospital
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Novel non-invasive techniques for assessing liver fibrosis including fibrocyte levels and magnetic resonance spectroscopy; fatty liver disease; treatment of Hepatitis C in the pre- and post-transplant setting
EDUCATION: MBBS, King Saud University School of Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
TRAINING: Fellowship, Liver Transplantation Hepatology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA; Fellowship, The Saudi Council of Gastroenterology Fellowship, Saudi Council of Health Specialties, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Residency, Internal Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
CERTIFICATION: Liver Transplant Hepatology

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Mohammed Eyad Alsabbagh, MD
CLINICAL INTERESTS: The study and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma, noninvasive markers for liver fibrosis and treatment of chronic hepatitis C
EDUCATION: Damascus Medical School, Damascus, Syria
TRAINING: Fellowship, Hepatology and Liver Transplant, The Cleveland Clinic; Residency, Internal Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Case Medical Center
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine

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Paul J. Bandini, M.D.Paul J. Bandini, MD
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Inflammatory bowel disease; liver and biliary tract problems; peptic ulcer disease
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, St. Peter's College; medical degree, Hahnemann Medical College
TRAINING: GI fellowship, Temple University Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

 

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Charles P. Bongiorno, MD
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, including Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, reflux disease, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and diverticular
disease as well as swallowing disorders; diseases of the pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct, and liver
EDUCATION: Medical College of Toledo, Toledo, OH
TRAINING: Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Residency, Internal Medicine, Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

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Adam C Ehrlich, MD, MPH
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis
EDUCATION: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
TRAINING: Fellowship, Gastroenterology, Temple University Hospital; Residency, Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology (Board-Eligible)

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Robert S. Fisher, M.D.Robert S. Fisher, MD
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Gastrointestinal motor function — especially the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and gallbladder; acid/peptic disorders such as GERD and peptic ulcer disease; adaptation of scintigraphic techniques to study gastrointestinal motor function; functional gastrointestinal diseases, including functional dyspepsia; irritable bowel syndrome; noncardiac chest pain; biliary dyskinesia
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Princeton University; medical degree, University of Pennsylvania
TRAINING: GI fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed

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Frank K. Friedenberg, M.D.Frank K. Friedenberg, MD
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Inflammatory bowel disease; colon cancer screening; therapy for pseudomembranous colitis
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Albright College; medical degree, Temple University School of Medicine
TRAINING: GI fellowship, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed

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Brenda J. Horwitz, MD
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Irritable bowel syndrome; functional gastrointestinal disorders; women’s issues in gastroenterology; acid/peptic disorders; viral hepatitis
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Bucknell University; medical degree, Jefferson Medical College
TRAINING: GI fellowship, Temple University Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed

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Benjamin Krevsky, M.D.Benjamin Krevsky, MD
Associate Chief, Section of Gastroenterology
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Gastrointestinal malignancies, especially esophageal and colon cancers; motor disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, especially constipation and fecal incontinence; capsule endoscopy; endoscopic laser therapy and ablative therapy for Barrett’s esophagus; hemorrhoid therapy
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Yale University; medical degree, University of Cincinnati
TRAINING: GI fellowship, Temple University Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed

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Harvey M. Licht, M.D.Harvey M. Licht, MD
CLINICAL INTERESTS: General gastrointestinal diseases; gastroesophageal reflux disease; inflammatory bowel disease; colon cancer screening
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, State University of New York at Stony Brook; medical degree, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
TRAINING: GI fellowship, Veterans Administration Hospital, Washington, DC
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed

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Jennifer L. Maranki, MD, MS
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Pancreatic, hepatobiliary, and stomach disorders; gastrointestinal cancers; advanced endoscopic techniques
EDUCATION: Temple University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Fellowship,Gastroenterology, University of Virginia Medical Center,
Charlottesville; Advanced Endoscopy, University of Virginia Medical Center,
Charlottesville; Residency, Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital
CERTIFICATIONS: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Malini Sahu, M.D.Malini Mathur, MD
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Endoscopic ultrasound and gastrointestinal oncology
EDUCATION: Boston University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, New York University Medical Center; Gastroenterology fellowship, New York University Medical Center
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology (board eligible)

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Henry P. Parkman, M.D.Henry P. Parkman, MD
Director, GI Motility Laboratory
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Neuromuscular control of gastrointestinal motor function; motor disorders of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine; muscles of the GI tract; the effect of autonomic dysfunction on the GI tract; gastroparesis; functional dyspepsia; achalasia; noncardiac chest pain; gastroesophageal reflux disease; irritable bowel syndrome; chronic constipation
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Harvard University; medical degree, Case Western Reserve University
TRAINING: GI fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; GI research fellowship, Mayo Clinic; research training, Johns Hopkins Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed

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Kamran Qureshi, MD
SPECIALTIES: Hepatitis C management, specifically in difficult-to-treat patients, including those with liver cirrhosis, renal disease and post transplant; hepatocellular carcinoma, steatohepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases and liver transplantation
EDUCATION: King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan
TRAINING: Hepatology fellowship, Florida Hospital Transplant Institute; Internal Medicine residency, University of Illinois
CERTIFICATIONS: Internal Medicine

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Robin D. Rothstein, MD
Medical Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, Temple University Hospital
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), celiac sprue, diarrheal illnesses, microscopic colitis
EDUCATION: The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
TRAINING: Fellowship, Gastroenterology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Residency, Internal Medicine, George Washington University Medical Center
CERTIFICATION: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Ron Schey, MD, FACG
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Acid reflux/ulcer, Barrett's Esophagus, esophageal/swallowing disorders, non-cardiac chest pain, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastric motility disorder, gastroparesis, bowel disorders, constipation
EDUCATION: Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
TRAINING: Fellowship, Gastroenterology, The Edith Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel; Fellowship, GI Motility (Clinical Research), Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, AZ; Residency, Internal Medicine, Meir Hospital, Kfar-Saba, Israel
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine

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Kaveh Sharzehi, MD
 CLINICAL INTERESTS: Advanced pancreatico-biliary endoscopy including endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS); endoscopic procedures in patients with surgically altered anatomy
EDUCATION: Tehran University of Medical Sciences & Health Services, Tehran, Iran
TRAINING: Fellowship, Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Penn State Hershey Medical Center; Fellowship, Hepatology, University of Miami Center for Liver Diseases, Jackson Memorial Hospital; Residency, Internal Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Michael S. Smith, M.D., M.B.A.Michael S. Smith, MD, MBA
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Diagnosis and treatment of Barrett's esophagus, including BARRX® radiofrequency ablation, cryo-ablation, complex endoscopic mucosal resection, narrow band imaging and endoscopic ultrasound
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Princeton University; medical degree, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; M.B.A. degree, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
TRAINING: Internal medicine residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus
CERTIFICATION: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

VIDEO: Michael Smith, MD - Barrett's Esophagus

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Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery

Abbas E. Abbas, MD, MS
Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Temple University Hospital
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Diseases of the lung, tracheobronchial tree, esophagus, mediastinum and chest wall. Expertise in thoracic surgical oncology, robotic and other minimally invasive thoracic techniques, advanced bronchoscopic and esophageal endoscopy, lung volume reduction surgery, thymectomy, hiatal hernia repair, and special procedures for benign esophageal disease and other thoracic conditions
EDUCATION: Ain-Shams University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
TRAINING: Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Residency, Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
CERTIFICATION: Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
VIDEO: Abbas Abbas, MD - Robotic Surgery for Esophageal Cancer

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Tatyan M. Clarke, MD
Clinical interests: Bariatric surgery including minimally invasive techniques and open gastric bypass; gastrointestinal surgery; laparoscopic hernia surgery
Education: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Training: Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mayo Clinic–Florida; Residency, General Surgery, University of Southern California
Certification: General Surgery

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Michael A. Edwards, MD, FACS
Chief, General and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, Bariatric Surgery, Temple University Hospital
Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) bariatric surgery, solid organ surgery (adrenalectomy, spleenectomy), esophageal and gastric surgery, gastric electrical neurostimulator placement for gastroparesis, simple and complex hernia surgery, and basic open and laparoscopic general surgery; clinical, psychological and dietary outcomes following obesity surgery
Education: George Washington University School of Medicine
Training: Fellowship, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care, Barnes-Jewish Hospital; Residency, General Surgery, George Washington University Hospital
Certification: Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery

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Nestor Esnaola, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS
Professor and Vice Chair, Clinical and Academic Affairs
Chief of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine
SPECIALTIES: Gastrointestinal surgical oncology with a focus on hepatico-pancreatico-biliary cancers; complex resections for locally advanced primary tumors and hepatic colorectal metastases; novel neoadjuvant/surgical protocols for patients with locally advanced GI cancers; ongoing research on alternative staging and cancer treatment modalities and racial/ethnic disparities in cancer care and outcomes; local and national initiatives to improve surgical quality and safety
MEDICAL SCHOOL: The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore
TRAINING: General Surgery residency, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School; Transplantation Biology fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School; Surgical Oncology fellowship, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
CERTIFICATION: Surgery

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Howard M. Ross, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery
Surgical Director, Digestive Disease Center, Temple University Hospital
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Colon resection for colon cancer, rectal cancer and polyps; surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease; ostomy and wound care; treatment of common anorectal diseases
EDUCATION: Medical degree, University of Rochester School of Medicine
TRAINING: Fellowship, Surgical Oncology Research, Laboratories of Surgical Metabolism and Solid Tumor Immunology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Fellowship, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA; Residency, General Surgery, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT
CERTIFICATION: Colon and rectal surgery, general surgery

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Rohit Soans, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine 
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) bariatric surgery
EDUCATION: Penn State College of Medicine
TRAINING: Fellowship, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Magee-Women's Hospital; Residency, General Surgery, Riverside Methodist Hospital
CERTIFICATION: General Surgery (board-eligible)

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Affiliated Medical Staff

Antonio Di Carlo, MD, CM, FACS, FRCSC
Chief of Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery, Temple University Hospital
SPECIALTIES: Transplantation of liver, kidney, and pancreas; multivisceral transplant surgery; laparoscopic and single incision laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy and adrenalectomy; liver resection; biliary reconstruction, adrenal surgery
MEDICAL SCHOOL: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
TRAINING: Fellowship, Transplant Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI; Fellowship, Experimental Surgery (Research), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Residency, General Surgery, McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
CERTIFICATIONS: General Surgery

Gary S. Cohen, M.D.Gary S. Cohen, MD
SPECIALTIES: Vascular and Interventional Radiology
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
TRAINING: Vascular/Interventional Radiology fellowship, Temple University Hospital; Radiology residency, Temple University Hospital
CERTIFICATIONS: Vascular and Interventional Radiology




Andreas Karachristos, MD, PhD, FACS
SPECIALTIES: Liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, renal and pancreas transplantation, general surgery on the end-organ failure patient
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Crete School of Medicine (Greece)
TRAINING: Organ Transplantation/Hepatobiliary Surgery fellowship, University of Cincinnati; General surgery residency, Temple University Hospital
CERTIFICATIONS: Surgery
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed

Vladimir Valakh, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology
SPECIALTIES: Radiation oncology for breast, prostate and rectal cancers; medical physics; research on the improvement of outcomes in multidisciplinary treatments for breast and prostate cancer
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Drexel University College of Medicine
TRAINING: Radiation Oncology residency, Allegheny General Hospital; Internal Medicine residency, Cabrini Medical Center
CERTIFICATION: Radiation Oncology (board-eligible) 

Juhi Mittal, M.D.
SPECIALTIES: Colon cancer, rectal cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, esophageal cancers, gastric cancers, pancreatic cancers, hepatobiliary cancers
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Kasturba Medical College, India
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, State University of New York/Downstate Hospital; Hematology/Oncology fellowship, State University of New York/Downstate Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Hematology/Oncology (board-eligible); Internal Medicine

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