New Liver Center at GastroIntestinal Specialists is
First of Its Kind in State of Louisiana
Ark-La-Tex patients with chronic liver disease or those with newly-diagnosed liver, biliary and pancreatic disorders have a new resource for healthcare with the opening of The Liver Center at GastroIntestinal Specialists. The new center is located within the GIS facility at 3217 Mabel Street in Shreveport and is the only such facility in the state.
The center is staffed by the only fellowship trained and board certified liver specialists in Louisiana, Dr. David Dies and Dr. Humberto Aguilar, along with the only physician in the area who is fellowship trained in the advanced diagnostic procedure called endoscopic ultrasound, Dr. James Hobley. Fellowship training provides physicians with an advanced study in their field of specialty. Doctors who are specially trained to treat liver disease are called hepatologists. They complete a one year internship and two years of residency training as well as a three-year gastroenterology fellowship and one-year hepatology fellowship to learn the diagnosis and treatment of liver disease. This specialty training typically includes extensive exposure to all liver diseases, including those that are rare and infrequently seen.
The Liver Center physicians are certified by the United Network for Organ Sharing and the American Board of Internal Medicine as the area's only liver transplant experts.
The new Liver Center at GastroIntestinal Specialists also offers a state-of-the-art endoscopy center and the Louisiana Research Center, with three full-time research coordinators for the latest clinical trials for diseases of the liver, pancreas and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Dr. David Philips of the GastroIntestinal Specialists executive staff noted, "Hepatology as a sub-specialty has undergone a rapid evolution of knowledge and therapies over the last decade. We are proud to be able to offer this advanced care to the patients and physicians of the Ark-La-Tex with an excellent team of liver specialists and diagnosticians. Patients would have to go to much larger cities such as Houston or Dallas to find the level of expertise offered by these physicians right here in Shreveport at this center."
The American Liver Foundation reports that liver disease is on the increase, affecting 1 in 10 people.