GI Update

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Group in State College Expands

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Group has made significant inroads establishing a strong clinical presence in State College, Pennsylvania, now offering a wide-range of primary care, specialty, and diagnostic services at five outpatient locations.

The Medical Group is part of the new University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine, with a long-term goal of providing more diverse, multi-disciplinary medical and surgical practices that will also fulfill an important teaching role for medical students. To this end, Joel Haight, MD, who joined the University Park Regional Campus in 2011, has established a gastroenterology and hepatology practice at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Group—Colonnade, and has been instrumental in developing and implementing an outpatient endoscopy center adjacent to that Medical Group.

Endoscopy Center at Colonnade

Endoscopy Center at Colonnade

Haight explains, “The Penn State Hershey Endoscopy Center in State College improves access to care for patients in the community who would otherwise have to wait several months for their procedure to be done at another facility. Non-emergency procedures, such as upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, or liver biopsy, can now be performed in an outpatient setting.” The endoscopy center opened in June 2011, and Haight projects that “when working at full capacity, we anticipate conducting approximately 300 to 400 endoscopy procedures each month.”

In addition to the endoscopy center, the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Group—Colonnade team has expanded, as well, and now includes Evan Messaris, MD, who recently completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and gastroenterologist David Speranza, MD, who is slated to come on board in February 2012.

A head-and-shoulders photo of Joel B. Haight, MD, MS

Joel B. Haight, MD, MS

Penn State Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Phone: 814-272-4445
Fellowship: Gastroenterology: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Residency: Internal Medicine: Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester
Medical School: Medical College of Virginia
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A head-and-shoulders photo of Evan Messaris, MD, PhD

Evan Messaris, MD, PhD

Penn State Colon and Rectal Surgery
Phone: 717-531-5164
Fellowship: Colon and Rectal Surgery: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Residency: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Medical School: Athens Medical School, University of Athens, Greece
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Penn State Gastroenterology and Hepatology provides comprehensive services in the diagnosis, medical management and endoscopic treatment of diseases affecting the digestive system and liver. The digestive system includes the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine, the colon (large intestine), the gallbladder and attached bile ducts, the liver and the pancreas.

Our physicians are board-certified in Internal Medicine with additional board certification in the subspecialty of Gastroenterology, with some also board-certified in Hepatology.

The mission of Penn State Gastroenterology and Hepatology is to provide world-class care and to advance the knowledge of disorders of the digestive system and liver through research, and to train the physicians of the future. The physicians in the Division participate in studies to determine the usefulness of novel treatments through clinical research studies and also in research which advances the basic knowledge of the disorders in this field.

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