Weill Cornell Medical Center Opens New Endoscopy Suite To Promote and Practice Gastrointestinal Health

Unique Suite Characterized by High Touch High Tech Care

Feb 12, 2003

New York, NY

Weill Cornell Medical Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has opened a new, state-of-the-art Endoscopy Suite in order to promote and practice gastrointestinal health. The unique high touch high tech Suite, located in the Greenberg Pavilion at NewYork Weill Cornell Medical Center, is directed by Dr. Mark Pochapin, Chief of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy at Weill Cornell.

This new facility offers the best in preventive and cutting-edge treatments in a humanistic setting, said Dr. Mark Pochapin, who is also Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Patients will receive the latest innovative care in a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing setting. Music will be integrated into care with stereo sound built into the facility's private rooms. Patients can choose from the Suite's collection of calming music or bring their own. Each room will also have a New York theme, such as Central Park and Times Square.

All endoscopies at NewYork Weill Cornell as many as 10 thousand per year will be performed in the new Suite. Procedures offered will include upper endoscopies, colonoscopies, endoscopic ultrasound with needle biopsies, stent placement, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), stricture dilatation, argon plasma coagulation, and fluoroscopy.

The Suite features state-of-the-art gastrointestinal facilities and equipment, including digital imaging, computer-generated reports, and flat-screen monitors. It is also located in close proximity to the Medical Center's operating room and intensive care unit, allowing for quick transfer in cases of critical care.

Dr. Pochapin is highly esteemed for his humanistic teaching and compassionate care-giving, for which he has received numerous awards and honors. He is also Director of the newly established Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, named after the late husband of television personality Katie Couric, and like the Endoscopy Suite, characterized by integrated, multidisciplinary, compassionate care provided under one roof in an aesthetically pleasing and humanistic setting.