Accomplishments & Highlights
The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology remains among the best programs as evaluated by U.S. News and World Report. Since 2008, the division has been ranked among the top 35 programs in the country and our national reputation continues to rise. When Dr. DiMarino took the division's helm in 1996, there were 13 physicians performing 1,646 procedures a year and seeing 4,516 patients. Today, the division consists of 37 physicians, 14 fellows, five CRNPs and about 150 support staff. This team now performs over 25,000 procedures and sees over 30,000 patients each year. Aside from the Center City and Methodist campuses, the division has six satellite offices spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. This year we will be opening a free-standing endoscopy center in Bala Cynwyd.
The division is home to six Centers of Excellence: the Celiac Center, the first adult center in Philadelphia, the Barrett’s Esophagus Treatment Center, the Hepatitis C Center, the GI Bleed Center, the Liver-Tumor Center and the Fatty Liver Center. The Pancreaticobiliary Team and its physicians continue to be at the forefront of advanced treatments and care and are currently advancing treatments using minimally invasive procedures to treat cancers of the bile duct and pancreas. They are also national leaders in cancer treatment with photodynamic therapy. Our liver program is the oldest in Philadelphia and continues to grow, with outcomes that exceed national benchmarks. In 2015, the liver program performed 55 transplants, the largest number of transplants since its inception. Annually, the division has five or more physicians named to Castle Connolly and Top Docs in Philadelphia Magazine. Additionally, three to four physicians are named to Top Docs in New Jersey each year.
Since 1996, the division has trained over 90 gastroenterologists. Our division is also home to the Advanced Endoscopic Fellowship (which is one of 58 in the U.S.) and the Advanced Hepatology Fellowship (which is one of 42 in the U.S.). We remain at the forefront of cutting-edge research and have published over 696 peer reviewed abstracts, publications, chapters or books and have, on average, 25 active industry trials along with one to three NIH trials. The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Jefferson continues to receive numerous teaching awards that reflect our commitment to the education of our medical students, residents and gastrointestinal fellows.
Finally, our key to success is providing the highest-quality care in the most compassionate manner. Additionally, our purpose and our passion remain to grow Jefferson Gastroenterology and Hepatology and to ensure excellent care.