ORLANDO, Fla. June 24, 2013 – Florida Hospital officially opened the Center for Interventional Endoscopy (CIE), an advanced center that provides state-of-the-art care for patients with complex digestive health disorders who can benefit from minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. The mission of the CIE is to advance therapeutic endoscopy through innovation, cutting-edge clinical research, and train and educate physicians from all around the world.
The CIE serves as a regional, national, and international referral center for patients who suffer from serious digestive problems and would benefit from advanced endoscopic procedures. These procedures are performed by three renowned endoscopists with extensive experience in their field: Dr. Robert Hawes, medical director of Florida Hospital Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapy, Dr. Shyam Varadarajulu, medical director of the CIE, and Dr. Muhammad Hasan, director of Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at Florida Hospital.
The new Center for Interventional Endoscopy, located at Florida Hospital Orlando, houses 18 preparation and recovery bays, six procedure rooms, and four exam rooms for pre and post surgery care. Currently, the center is only operating half of these rooms with room to expand and be fully operational by 2016.
“With the opening of the CIE, Florida Hospital continues to become a leader for therapeutic endoscopy, a growing area of medicine that is seeing drastic increases in patients. Our physicians are what set us apart,” said Scott Bond, director of the CIE. “Their expertise and years of experience have made an enormous impact, and we are already seeing patients traveling to receive treatment here. In fact, more than 50 percent of our patients are coming from outside the Central Florida area.”
The CIE performs multiple advanced procedures including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), double balloon enteroscopy, enteral stenting, enteral nutrition, radio frequency ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection, management of bariatric surgery and post surgical complications, and pediatric advanced endoscopy.
“The CIE has three main goals: to provide excellent clinical care for our patients, be a leader in clinical endoscopy research, and educate through courses, workshops, lectures, tutorials, and an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship,” said David Banks, administrator of Florida Hospital Orlando. “Through teamwork and collaboration of our exceptional staff, we hope to continue to grow as an advanced center, innovate in endoscopic treatments, provide state-of-the-art care for all patients, and impact the advancement of therapeutic endoscopy through clinical research and education.”
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