Douglas O. Faigel, M.D.
The primary research interests of Douglas O. Faigel, M.D., are in advanced endoscopy, including endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP); pancreatic and biliary diseases; esophageal cancer; and quality measurement and improvement in endoscopy.
Dr. Faigel is particularly interested in endoscopic oncology and understanding how gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy can be used to manage patients with cancer. This includes diagnosis, staging and treatment with either curative or palliative intent.
Recent research projects have included:
Significance to patient care
Dr. Faigel's research focuses on using flexible endoscopy as a minimally invasive tool for the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disease. Early diagnosis of cancer, for example, will allow more patients to be cured.
Flexible endoscopes also give doctors access to cancers and pre-malignant lesions, such as polyps and pancreas cysts. Treatment delivered through endoscopes could replace more formal surgical resections with fewer complications and at a lower cost.
Dr. Faigel has also been a pioneer in the field of quality assurance and improvement in endoscopy, ensuring that patients receive only the highest quality of care.
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