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The MUSC Foregut Center

Brenda Hoffman, M.D., is chief of MUSC Health’s new Digestive Disease, Endocrine & Metabolism Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence.

By Lauren Hooker

The Foregut Center at the MUSC Health Digestive Disease Center will be one of the few centers in the region that will be dedicated to diagnosing and treating complex foregut pathology. A com- prehensive team, including world-class gastroenterologists and surgeons as well as radiologists and pathologists who are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat complex foregut disease, will focus on the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernia, achalasia, revision foregut surgery, benign and malignant lesions of the foregut and Barrett’s esophagus.

The goal of the center is to offer the best modality of treatment for the patient that is least invasive. This may involve endoscopic, laparoscopic, robotic or hybrid methods. This center will provide the requisite platform to harness skill and knowledge across specialties to ultimately provide the patient unique solutions, which each specialty working in isolation might not be able to offer.

“The Foregut Center will serve as the tertiary referral center for the region for complex foregut pathology,” says Brenda J. Hoff- man, M.D., chief of the Digestive Disease, Endocrine & Metabolism Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence at MUSC Health. “It is the only one like it in the state.”