IMA Physicians Perform 250th TIF Procedure - September 4, 2014

Courtesy of NWI Times

September 04, 2014 10:00 am   •   By Pat Colander

Physicians affiliated with Internal Medicine Associates (IMA) were recognized by EndoGastric Solutions Inc. for outstanding achievement for their ongoing contributions to treating and improving the quality of life for patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux.

Gastroenterologists Daniel B. Hurwich, MD; Peter Mavrelis, MD; Ahmad B. Shughoury, MD; and Kumar Venkat, MD, have performed more than 250 Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedures, a highly successful, incisionless procedure that treats GERD.

“We believe the TIF procedure fills a therapy gap that exists for GERD patients who take daily therapy and who remain unsatisfied because of incomplete symptom control,” said EndoGastric Solutions CEO, Skip Baldino. “The IMA physician team is recognized nationally as leaders who have embraced new and innovative methods to care for the GERD patients they serve.”

IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter, PC, entered into a co-management agreement with Methodist Hospitals last year in which the hospital acquired IMA’s Endoscopy SurgiCenter. The co-management arrangement enables Methodist Hospitals to increase the number of endoscopic procedures it performs by more than 2,500 annually.

“Methodist Hospitals congratulates the IMA physicians for this outstanding achievement,” said Methodist Hospitals president and interim CEO, Dr. Michael Davenport. “Our partnership has provided us the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of physicians to continue to deliver excellent care to Northwest Indiana.”