Dr. Atilla Ertan, left, and Dr. Michael Fallon

Dr. Atilla Ertan, left, and Dr. Michael Fallon

This summer, the Digestive Disease Center and the Texas Liver Center moved into a new space on the 14th floor of the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza to form the Digestive Disease Center at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, a Gastroenterology (GI) Center of Excellence.

The joint move to the 22,000-square-foot complex allows the center’s highly specialized physicians—many affiliated with the Medical School—to provide more collaborative and comprehensive medical and surgical treatment to patients with diseases of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, pancreas, biliary tract, and liver—all under one roof.

In collaboration with physicians and researchers from the Medical School, the GI Center of Excellence is pioneering the most effective ways to treat and cure diseases associated with the digestive tract, as well as work to improve the quality of life for patients.

The center, which operates on an outpatient basis, treats entire digestive diseases, including liver disease, using the most advanced treatment options available while using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

“Our center’s mission is to diagnose and treat patients in such a way that helps them live a more comfortable life. That includes providing patients with a wealth of knowledge to better understand and manage their medical conditions,” said Dr. Atilla Ertan, medical director of the Digestive Disease Center and professor of internal medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. “I strongly believe that our collaboration will help facilitate our excellence in delivering compassionate care to patients with all forms of digestive tract and liver disorders.”

The Digestive Disease Center’s expertise covers a broad range of conditions, including gastroesophageal reflux disorders, especially Barrett’s metaplasia and dysplasia; inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and chronic ulcerative colitis and other colitides; peptic ulcers and hypergastrinemic conditions; gastrointestinal and liver cancers; chronic and acute liver disease; and biliary-pancreatic disorders.

Dr. Michael Fallon, director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, will head up the hepatology section of the Digestive Disease Center. He also is chief of service, gastroenterology and hepatology at Memorial Hermann-TMC.

For more information, call the Digestive Disease Center at 713.704.3450.

— Kimberly McGaw, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center