Gastroenterologists are physicians who specialize in management of diseases of the intestinal tract, including issues that affect the pancreas.
- assisting with diagnostic evaluation and preparation before surgery
- performing procedures during the surgical process
- assisting with palliative care of patients with advanced digestive cancers.
At MUSC, our gastrointestinal department includes experts in endoscopic ultrasound procedures, which can be used to evaluate pancreatic cysts and other diseases involving the pancreas. Endoscopy also may be used to perform treatments related to the pancreas. That includes solutions for sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) – a specialty for which MUSC is known for worldwide.
The following MUSC gastroenterologists are experts in pancreatic care and procedures:
Brenda J. Hoffman, MD
Dr. Hoffman is the chief of endoscopic ultrasound at MUSC as well as section leader of gastrointestinal malignancy for MUSC's Digestive Disease Center and head of the GI Focus Group for the Hollings Cancer Center. In addition, she is a professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at MUSC.
Joseph Romagnuolo, MD, MSc, FRCP
Dr. Romagnuolo is the director of clinical research for gastroenterology and hepatology at MUSC. He also is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and is cross appointed to the Department of Biometry, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology. His specialties include ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) and EUS (endoscopic ultrasound), both of which are used to treat problems related to the pancreas.