Douglas O. Faigel, M.D.

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My interests are primarily in therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound. The endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) program was established in 1996. In the last 11 years it has seen remarkable growth. We now have two endosonographers performing more than 800 EUS procedures per year. This makes ours one of the largest programs in the United States. EUS is primarily used for the evaluation of cancers of the esophagus, stomach, rectum, pancreas and bile ducts. EUS is also used to look for pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and assess the integrity of the anal sphincter muscles in patients with incontinence. My research interests are in EUS, pancreatic cancer, capsule endoscopy, GI stromal tumors, NOTES (Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery), and issues surrounding quality assurance. I am active in our national endoscopy society, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. I was previously the chair of the Standards of Practice Committee. I recently co-directed the ASGE postgraduate course in San Francisco: 'Endoscopic Oncology: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Cancer Management.' I am currently the chair of the Quality Assurance Taskforce and serve as a Councilor on the Governing Board. I enjoy music, sailing, skiing and playing with my three daughters.


  • Degree:
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1990
  • Residency:
    Internal Medicine – University of California, San Francisco, 1991-1993
  • Fellowship:
    Advanced Endoscopy ' University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 1995-1996|Gastroenterology-University of Pennsylvania

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