What's New in the Department of Surgery

Hospital Researchers Create New Esophageal Disorders Program

Esophageal cancer rates have risen 600% since 1975, with the American Cancer Society predicting that 15,560 people will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2007. To address this crucial public health need, physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital have collaborated to create the new Esophageal Disorders Program.
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The Columbia team performed the first transvaginal gallbladder removal operation in the U.S. in March 2007. Inset: A magnified scope provides excellent imaging of the interior anatomy, allowing for precise placement of the tiny instruments.
In the next step beyond laparoscopic surgery, surgeons andmedical endoscopists are now working together to perform surgery without any external incisions or scars.
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Dr. Craig Smith awarded the "Practitioner of the Year" award by the Society of Practitioners at Columbia University Medical Center.
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