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.
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.
Penn State Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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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Penn State Colon and Rectal Surgery
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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