Digestive Diseases

“I love to bake, and the blue ribbon helps raise awareness,” says Marissa Chavez, a gastroenterology technician at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “March is colon cancer awareness month. Two years ago I wanted to make a cake, so I made it in the form of colon, with intestines that [...]

By uclahealth • March 20, 2019

“If the other doctor had done a physical inspection in 2016 instead of assuming it was hemorrhoids, my colon cancer would have been stage one or two instead of stage three,” says 52-year-old Cesar Perez, who came to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for a second opinion on treatment and [...]

By uclahealth • March 19, 2019

“Little did I know that there was kind of a time bomb within me,” says Michael P. Richards, a patient liaison volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center who checked into the emergency room after having trouble walking. “I was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer in March of 2014. [...]

By uclahealth • March 18, 2019

“Do you want to be healthy? Not just now, but in 10, 20 or 30 years from now?” asks Dr. Eric Esrailian, Chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Disease and director of the Melvin and Bren Simon Digestive Disease Center at UCLA. “If the answer is [...]

By uclahealth • March 4, 2019

Dear Doctor: I have Zenker’s diverticulum that, after 10 years, seems to be very large, judging by the volume it holds. At virtually every meal, I choke on food clogged in my esophagus, then I aspirate, then I cough for 10 minutes. Are my aspiration-related-pneumonia risks high enough to warrant [...]

By Ask the Doctors • October 2, 2018

Dear Doctor: A new study said that prolonged antibiotic use is tied to colon polyps. But “prolonged” meant “two weeks or more.” I had a couple of bacterial infections in a six-month timespan. How worried should I be? Antibiotics have undoubtedly [...]

By Ask the Doctors • September 24, 2018

Dear Doctor: Because of the potential risks of proton pump inhibitors, should I have an H. pylori breath or stool test  to make sure I have the H. pylori bacterium before committing to long-term treatment with the PPI? That’s an excellent question, [...]

By Ask the Doctors • September 12, 2018

As a first-time mother of a wonderful child who presented with some unexpected health challenges that required two hospitalizations with many diagnostic procedures and two surgeries within the first year of his life, we are so thankful and appreciative of our pediatrician, Dr. Karen Lin. From the day our little [...]

By chialyn • March 29, 2018

Dear Dr Kirstin Tillish, Thank you for curing what had been a decade plus battle with IBS. Everytime I go on vacation or a hike, I think of you with gratitude. I only wish I had found you sooner. You gave me hope back.

By Not TOO Crazy • March 28, 2018

"I thought, while I'm here, if I'm not busy, I'll go sell Girl Scout cookies," says 10- year-old Elyse Pineda. Evelyn Pineda, mother of Elyse, adds, "She's a regular gastrointestinal patient, so we're in here a lot. She has an intestinal pseudo- obstruction, and we're here this time because she [...]

By uclahealth • August 7, 2017