December 04, 2017
Salem, VA (December 4, 2017) – A local physician recently presented at the World Congress of Gastroenterology to share details of a revolutionary procedure he developed when removing polyps from the colon.
Jonh Pineda, M.D., is LewisGale Medical Center’s director of Endoscopy and Interventional Gastroenterology. He shared his findings with thousands of fellow physicians from around the globe at the World Congress in Orlando earlier this fall – the first time the event has been held in the U.S. in 20 years.
“It’s an honor and a significant personal and professional accomplishment to be invited and to share this procedure with my colleagues,” Dr. Pineda explains. “Equally important are the implications it has for patients right here in Southwest Virginia. As this recognition demonstrates, we are performing complex medical procedures at a level typically found only in university or tertiary medical centers, instead of at a community hospital.”
Dr. Pineda’s groundbreaking work as a therapeutic interventional gastroenterologist is a win-win for patients because they can be treated locally, and as an added benefit, often via endoscopy for diagnostic procedures that would previously have required surgery.
“For example,” Dr. Pineda explains, “we are now able to diagnose and treat Barrett’s Esophagus via endoscopy instead of requiring surgery, resulting in shorter recovery times.”