St. Elizabeth'sServices and Clinical CentersGastroenterology


Cancer of the colon and rectum is the third most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Remind your spouse, parents and friends that March is Colorectal Cancer Month, the perfect time to get screened.


The good news about colorectal cancer is that it is almost completely preventable through the use of regular screening tests. Colonoscopy, where the colon is examined using a flexible instrument allowing for removal of precancerous polyps, is the most widely recommended screening test. This relatively painless test should be performed every 10 years beginning at age 50. Patients with a history of colon cancer in their family or certain other medical conditions may need to have a colonoscopy sooner. 

For information about getting a screening colonoscopy, contact your primary care physician or make an appointment with any of our gastroenterologists.

The Division of Gastroenterology (GI) at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center concentrates on the diagnosis and management of the full spectrum of GI disorders through the use of state-of-the-art and cutting-edge technologies. The division has a strong interest in clinical research, which brings newer technologies into clinical practice.

A multidisciplinary approach to digestive diseases is achieved through close collaboration with surgeons, hematologists and oncologists, radiologists, and other specialties throughout the medical center. Our expanded endoscopy facility provides minimal wait time for patients requiring a colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening.

Our GI Clinical Services

The Division of Gastroenterology offers the following services:

  • Colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening with polyp removal
  • Diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, including the management of these diseases during pregnancy)
  • Management of Hepatitis B and C, as well as other liver diseases
  • Management of esophageal diseases, including esophageal motility studies and 24-hour pH monitoring
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic biliary endoscopy, including stent placement and stone removal
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Video capsule endoscopy
  • Small bowel enteroscopy
  • Placement of feeding tubes into the stomach (PEG) or small intestine (PEJ) for patients who require supplemental feeding
  • Palliation of gastrointestinal cancers using stent placement (esophageal, colonic, duodenal, and biliary stenosis) or argon beam coagulation

Gastroenterology Services
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center



Meet our Specialist: Dr. Anisha Varma-Wilson

Learn more about Dr. Anisha Varma-Wilson's experience and approach to treating gastrointestinal pain and disorders.


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