Penn State Hershey Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Welcome to the website of Penn State Hershey Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. For those of you not familiar, Hershey is located in south central Pennsylvania and was founded by the chocolate maker and philanthropist Milton Hershey. The initial endowment for the Medical Center and College of Medicine was a gift from the Hershey Trust. The Division is dedicated to excellence in patient care, research and education. The Division has extensive resources and attending physicians with specialized expertise for the care of patients with acute and chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, motility and functional bowel disease, Women's Health and diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. Active and successful clinical programs include liver transplantation including a living donor related program, novel therapies for pelvic floor dysfunction, and state-of-the-art endoscopy including Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery. The Division has had long-standing collaborations with our surgical colleagues including Colorectal Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Gynecology.
Through the Penn State College of Medicine, we offer educational programs for medical students, residents and Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellows in training and community physicians. Through basic science, translational and clinical research, we hope to forge new therapies for the better care of our patients. I hope you find our website informative. To learn more about our department, please visit our About Us page.
Thomas J. McGarrity, M.D.
Professor and Chief
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Hershey dean/CEO completes ice bucket challenge for ALS
Dr. Craig Hillemeier, CEO of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State's senior vice president for health affairs, and dean of the Penn State College of Medicine, took the ice bucket challenge today (Aug. 28) on behalf of the Penn State Hershey ALS Clinic, which sees about 200 patients from across Pennsylvania and conducts cutting edge research into the causes and potential treatments for ALS. The Penn State Nittany Lion did the dousing.More...
Sebastianelli, Lynch take on new roles in State College
Dr. Wayne J. Sebastianelli, who has served as director of athletic medicine at Penn State since 1992, has been named the new associate dean for clinical affairs for the Penn State College of Medicine Regional Campus in State College. Dr. Scott Lynch, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and the director of sports medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will become the new director of athletic medicine for the University.More...
The Medical Minute: Screening and awareness mean fewer prostate cancer deaths
Fewer men are being diagnosed with and dying from prostate cancer these days. While that is due in part to widespread awareness and better treatment, it also is the result of more judicious screening.More...
New simulation area lets patients, parents practice their new device
Patients and parents of Children’s Hospital patients can now practice PICC home care in a new patient education simulation area in the Children’s Hospital Resource Center. A PICC - peripherally inserted central catheter – is a tube usually inserted in the upper arm into a vein to allow extended intravenous access for medicine delivery, blood draws, and other procedures. Home care is important to avoid complications like infection. The area was created jointly by the Penn State Hershey Clinical Simulation Center and the Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council.More...