Center for Advanced Endoscopy

Springfield Clinic’s Center for Advanced Endoscopy (CAE) is the largest referral practice in central Illinois with expertise in complex endoscopic procedures. We perform over 1,000 advanced endoscopy cases annually, and we welcome your inquiries and patient referrals. Some of these services can be performed at Springfield Clinic’s outpatient surgery center, the Ambulatory Surgery & Endoscopy Center (ASC).

Our doctors are fellowship trained and highly skilled. They can review or evaluate a case within one week, making access to the care you need EASY!

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Our Team

Our expert doctors provide the advanced endoscopy services that you need.

Endoscopy physicians

Rajan Kochar, MD, MPH Director of Advanced Endoscopy
ADVANCED THERAPEUTIC ENDOSCOPY FELLOWSHIP
Stanford University | Stanford, CA

Ashish Chopra, MD Chairman, Gastroenterology
ADVANCED ENDOSCOPY FELLOWSHIP
University of Illinois College of Medicine | Chicago, IL

Dmitry Shuster, MD Gastroenterology
ADVANCED ENDOSCOPY FELLOWSHIP
University of Illinois College of Medicine | Chicago,IL

James K. Fullerton, MD Chairman, General Surgery
ENDOSCOPY & INTERVENTIONAL ERCP FELLOWSHIP
University of Louisville School of Medicine | Louisville, KY

William L. Peterson, MD Gastroenterology
GASTROENTEROLOGY FELLOWSHIP
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine | Pittsburgh, PA

Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Services

We offer several advanced therapeutic endoscopy services at the Center for Advanced Endoscopy. Read through the drop-down menu below to look at our offered services.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

ERCP is a procedure that helps a gastroenterologist diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas. This procedure includes digital cholangioscopy and lithotripsy. You might need an ERCP if you have any of the following problems or need the following procedures:

  • ERCPBile duct stones
  • Malignant and benign biliary strictures
  • Pancreatic duct stones and strictures
  • Ampullectomy (a treatment for superficial lesions of the ampulla of Vater, the place where the pancreatic duct and the common bile duct join)

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) with Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is an internal ultrasound that can help diagnose or treat the following issues:

  • Staging and sampling of upper and lower GI masses/lymph nodes
  • Draining cysts/pseudocysts
  • EUS-guided celiac plexus block (injecting pain medication to help relieve abdominal pain) and fiducial marker placement (placing small metal objects that help pinpoint a tumor location to increase the accuracy and effectiveness of radiation therapy)

Endoscopic Therapy

Our Gastroenterology team offers endoscopic therapy, including Barrx™ radiofrequency ablation (a procedure where radio waves are used to decrease pain signals from a specific area of nerve tissue) and endoscopic mucosal resection (a technique that removes abnormal/cancerous lesions in the digestive tract, also called EMR).

These treatments can be effective for some patients suffering from Barrett’s esophagus, dysplasia and cancer.

Enteral Stent Placement

An enteral stent is inserted in the digestive tract to prevent a growth from obstructing the esophagus, stomach, small intestine or colon. Our doctors place three kinds of stents: esophageal (esophagus), duodenal (small intestine) and colonic (colon).

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection

Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a technique that removes abnormal or cancerous lesions in the digestive tract. Our Gastroenterology team uses this technique to treat large gastric polyps (in the stomach) and colonic polyps (in the colon).