By Jay Siegfried, MD, President, Lankenau Medical Staff, and Phillip Robinson, President, Lankenau Medical Center
Lankenau gastroenterologist Bob Etemad, MD, was recently featured on Lifetime Television’s morning show, The Balancing Act, to talk about pancreatic insufficiency. Dr. Etemad, along with his pancreatobiliary team, is on a mission to raise awareness about pancreatic health, with “Respect the Pancreas” as his rallying cry. Patient education seminars, physician training, and webinars are just part of what he does. He also puts his training and expertise into clinical work that has made Lankenau’s pancreatobiliary program one of the busiest in the region.
“We perform more than 1,000 pancreatobilary and interventional endoscopy procedures each year at Lankenau, which is substantially more than most hospitals in the Delaware Valley,” said Dr. Etemad. “Our department is trained and equipped to perform multi-modality endoscopic interventional procedures, including interventional endoscopic ultrasound and complex ERCP. We have one of only three machines installed in the U.S. that perform 3D ERCP, and are one of two hospitals in the region to offer the confocal microscopy for early detection of precancerous conditions of the digestive tract.”
Dr. Etemad coordinates biweekly, multi-hospital hepatopancreatobilary conferences that are highly attended by a multidisciplinary group. He also teaches advanced pancreatic procedures to visiting physicians from around the country. “With our surgical, interventional radiology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, genetic and nutritional expertise, Lankenau has become a leading comprehensive pancreatobilary referral resource for the region, and we appreciate the trust and confidence our patients and referring physicians have placed in us,” he adds.