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The American College of Gastroenterology describes this medical specialty as follows:

Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. It involves a detailed understanding of the normal action (physiology) of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestine (motility), the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ. It includes common and important conditions such as colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis. In essence, all normal activity and disease of the digestive organs is part of the study of Gastroenterology.

This same professional organization defines a "Gastroenterologist" as "a physician with dedicated training and unique experience in the management of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver." From the word "gastrointestinal" we get the common abbreviation for these physicians -- GI doctors.

While Gastroenterologists are not surgeons in the usual sense, they frequently perform biopsies and remove small polyps and tumors using flexible, lighted telescopes inserted into one end of the gastrointestinal tract or the other (such as the colonoscope that is used to do colonoscopy). So even though many people think of these procedures as ways to diagnose problems, they may also be part of the treatment. However, GI doctors also work very closely with the surgeons that perform major gastrointestinal procedures (such as removal of sections of the intestines).

Liver Transplant Program at Chester County Hospital

Penn Medicine's Liver Transplant Program now offers liver transplant evaluations at Chester County Hospital. Penn's transplant team provides the following services at this location:

  • Appointments with clinicians who specialize in transplant care and are familiar with the unique needs of transplant patients
  • Transplant evaluations for new patients
  • Pre-transplant appointments for established patients
  • Laboratory and radiology services

Why Choose Liver Transplant at Penn Medicine?

  • High volumes, excellent outcomes.
    Penn performs the most liver transplants in the region with outcomes that consistently meet or exceed national averages.
  • World class care for transplant patients from clinicians who specialize in all related fields, such as infectious disease, oncology, radiology, etc.
  • Multi-disciplinary care for liver cancer.
    A liver tumor conference team meets weekly to ensure a quick diagnosis, prompt medical and/or surgical recommendation of care and closely monitored follow-up. This team includes hepatologists, transplant surgeons, oncologists, and interventional radiologists.
  • Living Donor Liver Transplant program.
    Penn's living donor program is the most experienced in the greater Philadelphia region.
  • Combined organ transplants.

How to Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with the Liver Transplant Program, please call 215.662.4554. Patient records can be faxed to 215.662.2244.

Please note that this location will decrease the number of visits requiring patients to travel to Philadelphia. Patients may need to visit the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for procedures and tests that cannot be performed locally, and to meet the entire clinical team prior to transplantation.

For more information, visit PennMedicine.org/Liver-Transplant.

Liver Transplant Evaluation Clinic
Chester County Hospital
East Marshall Street Medical Office Building
440 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA 19380
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Gastroenterology and Chester County Hospital

The gastroenterologists on the Medical Staff at Chester County Hospital are all trained to diagnose and treat the various gastrointestinal problems described above. While some of the more frequently-occurring GI disorders such as heartburn, ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are often managed by primary care physicians, these doctors must often rely on gastroenterologists for help with the uncommon problems, or with the common ones that are difficult to control. As always, interdisciplinary cooperation is essential to crafting a unique solution for each patient.

For more information about gastroenterologists on the Medical Staff at Chester County Hospital, call our Physician Referral Service at 800-789-PENN (7366) or visit theFind a Doctor section of our website.

Last Updated: 12/17/2015