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Inside Tract - InsideTract Fall 2009

InsideTract Fall 2009

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Zhiping Li
In the ample new suite in Hopkins’ Sheikh Zayed Tower, Zhiping Li confirms mini-peritoneoscopy’s advantages. Already useful for biopsies throughout the peritoneum, the nimble technique should prove especially useful for the ultra-minimally invasive NOTES approach to surgery that Li’s colleagues are nurturing.
photo by Keith Weller

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Obesity Medicine

  • At the Johns Hopkins Digestive Weight Loss Center, obesity medicine specialists help patients and physicians deal with a serious medical issue. "Obesity is a medical condition as devastating and debilitating as cancer or heart disease," says Mary Margaret Huizinga, director of the center.

Bariatric Surgery

Obesity Research

Fatty Liver Disease

  • One of the single greatest risk factors for fatty liver disease is obesity. The condition is the most common cause of chronic liver disease and can progress to cirrhosis and liver failure.

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

  • Endoscopic options for obesity-related procedures continue to increase. "If we can achieve some weight loss via an endoscopic procedure, then our patient is a better candidate for bariatric surgery," says Patrick Okolo, chief of gastrointestinal endoscopy at Hopkins.

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Mary Ann Ayd, managing editor