University Student Health Services

Clinical Nutrition II at VCU Health System (Medical College of Virginia)

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
She has previous experience working in hospitals, a pharmacy care clinic, and as a consultant for MedOutcomes. Some of the most relevant conditions treated by the program include: At our ostomy and skin care clinic, our nursing staff help you prepare for the types of questions you should ask before having surgery, provide you with instructions for taking care of your ostomy and are available to you at any time for questions that may arise. Skip to main content. She works as a full-time Nurse Practitioner for Student Health Services and specializes in chronic medical problems including diabetes, hypertension and asthma.

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Advanced endoscopic procedures such as pancreaticobiliary endoscopy ERCP , endoscopic ultrasound EUS , balloon enteroscopy and videocapsule endoscopy are also commonly performed.

Currently, the unit is also performing a wide variety of ablative techniques for patients with Barrett's esophagus with either early esophageal cancer or at high risk for developing cancer.

The unit offers both the broadest array of techniques and experience in the state of Virginia. Current techniques include endoscopic mucosal resection, radiofrequency ablation and cryotherapy techniques using both liquid nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Finally, several novel technologies for advanced mucosal imaging are offered including confocal microscopy to evaluate for early dysplastic changes in Barrett's esophagus and inflammatory bowel disease and direct cholangioscopy to evaluate the biliary tract.

In addition to endoscopic techniques, a number of procedures are available to assess digestive physiology as it relates to various digestive disorders. These include high resolution esophageal manometry and esophageal topography and anorectal manometry.

Esophageal function can be further evaluated with esophageal pH monitoring using either a standard catheter-based electrode or an endoscopically placed radiotelemetry sensor Bravo. Finally, non-acid reflux can be measured using multichannel intraluminal impedance testing. The section of advanced therapeutic endoscopy offers all advanced endoscopic procedures, including advanced endoscopic imaging confocal endomicroscopy, narrow band imaging, chromoendoscopy , endoscopic mucosal ablation carbon dioxide cryotherapy, radiofrequency ablation , endoscopic mucosal resection EMR , endoluminal stenting, endoscopic ultrasonography EUS , EUS-guided FNA, EUS-guided interventions pseudocyst drainage, celiac plexus block, rendezvous procedures, etc.

The Advanced Liver Program is staffed by nationally and internationally renowned hepatologists who work hard to develop novel treatments for more than diseases known to affect the liver. Such a range of conditions requires an equally diverse group of specialists equipped with experience, knowledge and clinical skills needed to ensure treatment success and advance treatment practices.

Some of the most relevant conditions treated by the program include:. Our physicians at the Hume-Lee Transplant Center have been pioneers in both the treatment of liver diseases and liver transplantation. Their dedication to offering transplantation and other treatment options for those with End Stage Liver Disease is paramount to the successes found at VCU Medical Center.

Through an integrated, comprehensive and patient-centered network, our health care providers are dedicated to advancing digestive health treatments for the well-being of patients in the commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. One of our major strengths is the level of clinical expertise across all major areas of digestive health, including:. The clinic is comprised of a team of experts from multiple specialties including gastroenterology, transplant surgery, hematology-oncology, surgical oncology, radiology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, registered dietitians, research certified registered nurses, clinic research specialist as well as a full administrative support staff.

This vast team of specialists offers cutting edge therapies including:. The Pancreatitis Clinic welcomes both internal and external referrals to the clinic. This experienced team is supported by gastroenterology and hepatology physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses certified in nutrition support, and dietitians in outpatient and inpatient setting.

The GI-Nutrition team provides comprehensive patient care, develops individualized nutrition therapy, and offers nutrition counseling and education to the patients and their families. This team specializes in the evaluation and management of malnutrition, failure to thrive, short bowel syndrome, intestinal failure and rehabilitation, short and long term TPN.

This team also offers enteral tube feeding support in outpatient and inpatient setting. Through an integrated, comprehensive and patient-centered network, our health care providers are dedicated to advancing digestive health treatments for the well-being of patients in the commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. The Center for Digestive Health is a multidisciplinary health provider that operates on an integrated, full-spectrum therapeutic model, with specialists in nutrition, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal radiology.

This comprehensive approach results in standardized education for patients and community physicians. We strive to provide a personalized response, with a focus on delivering high-quality customer service.

Appointments can be made with your first call to the center and our telephone support staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Center for Digestive Health is committed to offering high-tech and innovative treatment options to better serve our patients.

Caring for an ostomy, whether it is temporary or permanent, can be a challenge both physically and emotionally.

When the idea of wearing a pouch with stool being collected on the outside of your body is first presented, most people want to avoid it at all costs. At our ostomy and skin care clinic, our nursing staff help you prepare for the types of questions you should ask before having surgery, provide you with instructions for taking care of your ostomy and are available to you at any time for questions that may arise.

Our clinic is open on Tuesdays.