Edward Lebovics, M.D.
Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine; Upham Professor of Gastroenterology
Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary Diseases, Westchester Medical Center
The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary Diseases is composed of experts who are board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, employing the most sophisticated and cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic technologies available. Besides standard procedures such as upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, many tertiary services are offered at their facilities in Westchester Medical Center that are not widely available elsewhere.
Endoscopic ultrasound has revolutionized cancer diagnosis and staging and has now entered a therapeutic era with pseudo cyst drainage and celiac nerve block. Complex biliary and pancreatic endoscopy cases, such as those requiring lithotripsy, ampullectomy, or Spyglass cholangioscopy, are referred to this unit. The GI Motility Center provides high-resolution esophageal, anorectal, and sphincter of Oddi manometric studies as well as esophageal impedance and pH studies essential for evaluating patients with refractory reflux symptoms. Other advanced technologies include BARRx radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s esophagus, capsule endoscopy of the small intestine, placement of the Enterra gastric pacemaker for gastroparesis, and endoscopic mucosal resection of neoplasms. Management of inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis is another major focus.
The division is also the medical arm of the Westchester Medical Center Liver Transplantation Program and has been at the forefront of investigational trials for hepatitis C and other liver conditions.
Selection for the Fellowship Training Program in Gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Westchester Medical Center is competitive. The strong faculty, rich clinical environment, and varied patient populations provide for superior clinical training.