For one or many
Date: May 1, 2012
Our hope is that after reading this issue, you’ll see that our overarching mission is to raise the status of GI care in the Baltimore area and the world and to do it—for one patient or many—with intelligence and compassion.
In the overlap of epidemiology, genetics and pathology, for example, where small gains in one field can greatly inform the others, our researchers Steve Brant and Susan Hutfless work to cure the Crohn’s disease that affects millions of patients worldwide. They’re counting on a population healthier than most—American soldiers—to reveal how the illness starts.
Meanwhile, Zhiping Li perfects the new use at Hopkins of a minimally invasive way to check the liver directly for hepatitis C progression—a technique that could increase the accuracy, nationwide, of who gets treated.
At the same time, Ellen Stein and colleagues diagnose and treat a comparatively tiny number of patients with anorectal disorders so distressing that sensitivity has to become the shadow clinician in the interview room.
And Linda Lee—she heads Hopkins’ Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center—tells how clinically tested approaches once called “alternative” work alongside our traditional treatments by purposefully addressing the whole patient.
Please call on us to learn how we can contribute, in ways great or small, direct or indirect, to your practice.
Anthony N. Kalloo, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Division of
Gastroenterology and Hepatology