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World-Renowned Physicians Converge on Methodist Dallas Medical Center for Largest Live Demonstration of Its Kind in Texas

Friday, October 17, 2008 General News J E 4
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DALLAS, Oct. 17 World-renowned gastrointestinal (GI)specialists recently converged on Methodist Dallas Medical Center toparticipate in the largest live endoscopy course ever offered in Texas.

Texas Live 2008 featured advanced interventional procedures performed atMethodist Dallas and was broadcast live to over 500 physicians and nursesattending the annual Texas Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy (TSGE)conference in Austin. Drs. Paul Tarnasky, Jeffrey Linder, and Randal Macurak,gastroenterologists on the medical staff at Methodist Health System, performedand participated in several advanced procedures used to diagnose and treatgastrointestinal illnesses. Procedures that were performed included ERCP withSpyglass and laser that allows a direct view of bile ducts inside thegallbladder; Endoscopic Ultrasonography used to treat cancer and disorders inthe digestive system; BARRX Halo 360, which helps prevent cancer in theesophagus; and Spiral Small Bowel Endoscopy, one of the newest and fastestprocedures for examining and treating the small intestine.

Other physicians participating in the event included Drs. Daniel Demarcoand Steve Burdick from Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas; Dr. GregoryHaber from Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City; Dr. Isaac Raijman from St.Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston; and Dr. Brian Dunkin from MethodistHospital, also in Houston.

"This event was a huge success --- a complete team effort from our GI LabManager David Hambrick, RN and his staff, radiology, admitting, anesthesia,pathology, and administration," says Dr. Tarnasky, who envisioned the teachingconference and along with Mr. Hambrick was instrumental in coordinating theevent.

The procedures were performed simultaneously in several rooms of the newlyremodeled GI lab at Methodist Dallas. The recent renovation has greatlyincreased the space available for patient preparation and recovery, along witha new state of the art fluoroscopy room for performing interventionalprocedures.

About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion,Methodist Health System (Methodist) uses some of the latest medical technologyand research to bring quality health care to individuals and familiesthroughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist CharltonMedical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist MidlothianHealth Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofitMethodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North TexasConference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is availableat http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians onthe Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners whoare not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.

SOURCE Methodist Health System
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