Endoscopy Center Awarded Recognition for Quality and Safety
Stony Brook Medicine's Endoscopy Unit, which is an integral part of the multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Management Team, has again been recognized for quality and safety by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). The Unit has held this honor without interruption since 2009.
The ASGE, a leading gastrointestinal medical society dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, awards programs that meet rigorous criteria. These include following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, endoscopy staff competency and adherence to CDC infection control guidelines.
For patients with GI cancer, this recognition of quality endoscopy practices is an added layer of assurance.
Advanced Endoscopy Helps Establish Treatment Regimens
At Stony Brook Medicine, gastroenterologists in the Interventional Endoscopy Center coordinate on a daily basis with surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to diagnose, evaluate and treat the broad range of complex GI malignancies. They employ:
- State-of-the-art diagnostics. To establish the correct treatment plan for each patient, interventional endoscopists diagnose and evaluate suspicious lesions to determine if cancer is present, the location and size of the cancer and if the cancer has spread.
- Endoscopy-based therapies. With recent advances in minimally invasive surgeries, endoscopy also can be used to treat some cancers as well as to relieve obstructions caused by tumors or to place markers that will allow radiation oncologists to precisely target cancerous lesions.
The constant interaction and dialogue between highly-skilled physicians in multiple specialties helps to provide the most effective, individualized treatment for each patient.
Photo from homepage (l to r): Jonathan Buscaglia, MD, Director, Interventional Endoscopy Center; Karen Wiederkehr, RN, Nurse Manager, Endoscopy and Motility Services; Juan Carlos Bucobo, MD, Director, Endoscopy.