Center for Digestive Disorders
Physicians in the liver disease core practice area are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of liver disease in all its forms.
Patients with viral hepatitis B and C are eligible to participate in clinical trials for new therapies. CDD physicians collaborate with the Infectious Disease Section at Boston Medical Center in the care of patients co-infected with hepatitis C and HIV. The staff provides care for patients with autoimmune liver diseases and metabolic liver disorders, including hemochromatosis and Wilson's Disease.
The medical team collaborates with BMC oncologists and radiologists to offer patients with liver cancer a comprehensive care plan including medical treatment, minimally invasive therapies, and surgical procedures. The physicians are renowned for their expertise in the treatment of cirrhosis and its complications, including endoscopic treatment of esophageal varices and the placement of TIPS, a shunt inserted into the abdomen to decompress blood vessels supplying the liver.
The CDD provides care to patients with the following conditions:
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatitis B
- Alcoholic liver disease
- Auto-immune liver disease
- Sclerosing cholangitis
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
- Metabolic liver disease
- Cancer of the liver
Diagnostic and treatment options for the conditions listed above include:
- Liver biopsy
- Evaluation for transplantation
- Treatment of cirrhosis and its complications
- Advanced radiology of the liver including MRI and TIPS placement
- Minimally invasive liver surgery
- Hepatic resection