An innovative procedure to remove cancerous tumors from a patient's gastrointestinal tract has been introduced at the Hadassah University Medical Center's Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases by Prof. Hans- Wolf Sievert, head of Gastroenterology at Germany's Oldenburg-University Hospital and a renowned expert in this field.
With special instruments inserted through an endoscope--a surgical tool used to examine body cavities--surgeons "peeled" the lesion from the gastrointestinal wall. "While the procedure was a Hadassah 'first,' as is our practice, we believe in sharing our knowledge for the benefit of all our patients," said Prof. Ran Oren, Director of the Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases. Therefore, Hadassah convened a two-day workshop for gastroenterology and liver experts from throughout Israel. Prof. Sievert keynoted the proceedings with the active participation of two of the physicians from Hadassah's Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases---Dr. Yael Kopelman, Director of the Endoscopy Unit, and Dr. Harold Jacob—as well as Dr. Yoav Mintz, Director of Hadassah's Center for Innovative Surgery.