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Gastroenterology

We provide care for patients with diseases and conditions of the digestive tract including stomach and intestines.
About

In the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, we serve patients with these major diseases and conditions:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Foreign body ingestion
  • General gastroenterology (severe reflux disease, dysphagia, chronic diarrhea)
  • Liver diseases (including in patients who have had transplantation)
  • Complex Feeding and Nutrition–related conditions - poor growth (seen by Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service)

Patients are seen in clinics (outpatient), in the Medical Day Care Unit, and as inpatients (either as consults or admitted directly under our service). Each year, around 5,000 patient visits occur.

Other contact information

General inquiries

Administrative Secretary
Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 1

Complex feeding and nutrition/endoscopy

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 2

New referrals & appointments

For referrals to our clinic, please visit our Gastroenterology Referral web page to ensure your patient is eligible for specialist care.

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 3
Email: NewGIPatient@cw.bc.ca

Follow-up appointments

For Dr. Jacobson, Lawrence, Barker, Jeong

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 4

For Dr. Avinashi, Guttman, Lebel, Foster

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 5

For Outreach, Dr. Skinn

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 6

Nurses (referred patients only)

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 7

Endoscopy bookings

Phone: 604 875 2345; Ext 1047

Learn more about members of our team


Procedures

Gastroenterology runs the pediatric endoscopy and procedure suite which provides a full range of procedures. More than 750 procedures are performed annually.

Physicians perform endoscopies in the operating room with sedation provided by anaesthesiologists.

Procedures include:

  • Upper endoscopy with biopsies
  • Colonoscopy with biopsies
  • Balloon dilatation
  • Esophageal banding / sclerotherapy
  • Polypectomy
  • Foreign body removal

We have the equipment to perform impedance with pH probes as well as esophageal manometry and anorectal manometry. These procedures typically do not require sedation.

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Patient & family information

A range of public-facing information and resources to support individuals and families with GI concerns are also available on HealthLink BC. Please find some suggested content listed below.

SOURCE: Gastroenterology ( )
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