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New Director of Endoscopy


Dr. Jonathan Buscaglia, Expert in Advanced Endoscopic Procedures, to Broaden G.I. Research

Jonathan M. Buscaglia, M.D., an expert in advanced endoscopic procedures to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal (G.I.) diseases, has been named Director of Endoscopy in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Appointed by Basil Rigas, M.D, Chief of the Division, Dr. Buscaglia is the latest G.I. expert to be named to the Division, which treats thousands of patients each year for a variety of gastrointestinal and liver diseases.

Dr. Buscaglia specializes in performing many procedures to treat G.I. and related diseases. These include endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatograpy (ERCP), a diagnostic method using endoscopy and imaging to help diagnose gallbladder, pancreatic, and biliary diseases, diagnostic and interventional endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic mucosal resection, and endoluminal stent placement. His practice will center on using these techniques to treat diseases such as pancreatic and biliary cancer, cystic neoplasms of the pancreas, chronic pancreatitis, esophageal and gastric cancer.

"Dr. Buscaglia’s training in the latest and most advanced methods of endoscopy makes him the ideal person to direct our cutting-edge endoscopy program," says Dr. Rigas. "We are now making available all endoscopic procedures, including advanced procedures such as ERCP or EUS with no delays, often on the same or next day. Our patients and those referred to us from physicians in our community will be beneficiaries of our expanded Endoscopy Unit."

Dr. Rigas expects that the Endoscopy Unit at SBUMC will achieve national prominence due to its excellence and novel endoscopic methods that Dr. Buscaglia and his colleagues are now developing.

"I will work closely with the community of gastroenterologists, surgeons, and oncologists to offer the Stony Brook program to their patients as an outlet for EUS, advanced biliary and pancreatic procedures, and other forms of advanced endoscopy," says Dr. Buscaglia, also named Assistant Professor of Medicine. “With continued faculty growth and dedicated fellows in endoscopy, we expect to become an Advanced Endoscopy Center of Excellence."

Dr. Buscaglia says his interest in advanced endoscopic procedures and interventional endoscopy sky-rocketed during his first Gastroenterology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore from 2004 to 2007. He remained at Johns Hopkins until July 2008 as an advanced endoscopy fellow and Instructor of Medicine before coming to Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Buscaglia took part in research pioneered by the institution that may further advance minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. His work with natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), an experimental surgical technique where abdominal operations can be performed with an endoscope passing through a natural orifice and eliminating abdominal incisions, is considered the newest frontier in minimally invasive surgery by many endoscopy experts.

At SBUMC, Dr. Buscaglia plans to advance gastroeintestinal endoscopic research. He has initiated the first Developmental Endoscopy Laboratory (DEL) at SBUMC, which is scheduled to be in full working condition by sometime this coming fall. DEL is an animal research facility where several research protocols concentrate on NOTES, interventional EUS, and EUS-guided angiography.

Dr. Buscaglia, board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, received his M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2001. He completed his medical internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York, respectively. He was named Chief Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Gastroenterology during 2006 and 2007.

Dr. Buscaglia has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles based on original research in advanced endoscopy in journals such as Endoscopy, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has also published more than 10 comprehensive reviews or book chapters in gastroenterology and advanced endoscopic methods. Dr. Buscaglia is manuscript a reviewer for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Pancreatology, and the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

A native of the Buffalo, N.Y., area, Dr. Buscaglia lives in Setauket with his wife, Darcy, and their three children, Grace, age 5, Ethan, 3, and Andrew, 1.
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