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    Visiting GI Scholar Program

    Our physicians and staff at the San Francisco Center for Liver Disease and the Center for Complex Digestive Disease welcome gastroenterologists to join us at California Pacific Medical Center for a 2-3 day visit to observe our team in action. In an effort to ensure that one's visit is tailored to your interests, we have developed a flexible schedule with multiple opportunities from which you can choose.

    Our Visiting GI Scholar Program is offered monthly during the second week of each month. Visits start on Tuesday (you can select from a full- or half-day slot) and go through Wednesday. If you desire, you can stay for additional sessions on Monday or Thursday.

    For any questions or to schedule a visit, please email Ed Wakil, M.D. or Taneesha Lewis.

    Tuesday

    • 8:00am – 12:00pm: Liver Surgical/Medical ICU Transplant Rounds

    • 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

    • 1:00 – 3:00: Choose 1-2 from the following:

      • Gastrointestinal Motility Services
        Observe diagnostic testing techniques including manometry, electrogastrogram, esophageal pH and gastric emptying studies, and endoscopic gastroplication with William Snape, M.D.

      • Liver Disease Clinic
        Join our hepatologists as they examine patients with liver disease and those who have undergone transplant surgery

      • Hospital Rounds on Hepatology Patients
        Join our hepatologist on the inpatient service and liver/GI hospitalists as they round on hepatology patients
    • 3:00 – 5:00: Liver Transplant Selection Committee

    • 6:30: Dinner at a San Francisco restaurant with two members of our Liver Disease & Transplant Team (spouses or partners are welcome to join)

    Wednesday

    • 8:30am – 12:00pm: Select from:

      • Evaluation/MELD Class (from 8:00am – 9:00am)
        Observe our nurse coordinators as they educate potential transplant patients regarding the MELD system

      • Liver Surgical/Medical ICU Transplant Rounds

      • Interventional Endoscopy Service
        Join Kenneth Binmoeller, M.D. and our interventional endoscopy team as they perform endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) procedures

      • Liver Transplant Evaluation Clinic
        (runs from 10:00am – 2:00pm):
        Join our hepatologists as they evaluate patients for liver transplantation
    • 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

    • 1:00 – 3:00: Choose 2-4 of the following:

      • Meeting with Liver hospitalists
        Review how specialty hospitalists and nocturnists complement inpatient liver care

      • Meeting with hepatologist
        Discuss the hepatology practice and review indications for liver transplant and appropriateness of transplant referrals

      • Meeting with surgeon to review hepatobiliary cases
        Meet our surgical team and discuss cases appropriate for hepatobiliary surgery

      • Tour Liver Immunology Laboratory
        California Pacific's Liver Immunology Laboratory serves as a hub for collaborative viral hepatitis research in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 2006 under the direction of Stewart Cooper M.D., the lab's focus is translational research. The laboratory combines research in immunology and hepatology by studying infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV).

      • Tour Hepatology Research Center
        Our Hepatology Research Center has a comprehensive clinical research program, offering concurrent trials for various liver diseases. Learn what studies are ongoing, inclusion and exclusion criteria, and how our research team functions day-to-day.

      • Meeting with social workers to discuss psychosocial issues
        Learn about common psychosocial issues affecting liver transplant patients

      • Meeting with transplant dietician
        Learn about nutrition guidelines for patients with liver disease and those post-transplant.

      • Meeting with Regional Referral Program
        Learn about how California Pacific's Transfer Center can ease the patient transfer process and the liver team's outreach clinics
    • 3:00 – 4:00

      • Radiology Review Conference
        Review radiology cases of liver cancer, liver masses, or other abnormalities during case discussions with the hepatology, surgery and interventional radiology teams.
    • 4:00 – 5:00:

      • Pathology Review Conference
        Review biopsy slides of pre- and post-transplant patients during case discussions with the hepatology, surgery and pathology teams.

    Optional: Monday afternoon or Thursday morning

    If you are interested in observing more of our program, you can choose from the following to build your schedule on Monday afternoon or Thursday morning:

    Monday

      • Liver Pre- and Post-Transplant Clinic (10:15am – 3:30pm)
        Join our hepatologists as they evaluate patients for transplantation and manage the post-transplant recovery

      • Gastrointestinal Motility Services
        Observe diagnostic testing techniques including manometry, electrogastrogram, esophageal pH and gastric emptying studies, and endoscopic gastroplication with William Snape, M.D.
    Thursday
    • Morning

      • Outpatient Hepatology Clinic
        Join our hepatologists as they manage the care of patients with liver disease

      • Liver Transplant Evaluation Clinic (runs from 10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00 – 5:00pm)
        Join our hepatologists as they evaluate patients for liver transplantation

      • Additional Liver Surgical/Medical ICU Transplant Rounds

      • Interventional Endoscopy Service
        Join Kenneth Binmoeller, M.D. and our interventional endoscopy team as they perform endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures

      • Gastrointestinal Motility Services
        Observe diagnostic testing techniques including manometry, electrogastrogram, esophageal pH and gastric emptying studies, and endoscopic gastroplication with William Snape, M.D.