Gastrointestinal Cancer

Multidisciplinary Care

Our team of Gastrointestinal Cancer experts focus on diagnosing and treating patients quickly and effectively. Our focus on mind, body and spirit in treating the whole patient, is evident in our team’s special attention to quality of life and minimizing side effects while eliminating cancer.

Because cancer patients form relationships with multiple physicians as they begin their journey into survivorship, we work to make this process as simple as possible. We bring all the experts, physicians, nurses, support people and other caregivers together to enhance communication among providers. This strengthens the patient’s role as a true member of the Team that is making decisions about the treatment plan.

For more information on our Multidiscplinary Gastrointestinal Program or any questions about your care contact a Gastrointestinal Nurse Navigator at:  

  • Milwaukee:  414-291-1568

  • Ozaukee:  262-243-8255

 

Early Detection

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States. Because of this, doctors recommend routine colonoscopies for everyone over 50-years-old who has a normal risk for colon cancer. Columbia St. Mary’s provides these life-saving screenings at locations all over Southeastern Wisconsin, making early detection convenient for everyone. We also host annual public colorectal screenings throughout the community. As with any cancer, early detection is vital.  

 

Contact one of Columbia St. Mary’s Gastroenterologist below to schedule your colonoscopy or discuss your concerns.

 

Dr. Maurice Chung
Maurice Chung, MD
Dr. Chung earned his medical degree in 1984 and completed his residency in internal medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology through the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Chung is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine.
 Dr. Vincent Dindzan Vincents Dindzan, MD
Dr. Dindzans earned his degree in medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1980, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital at Harvard University. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dindzans is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
Dr. Drew Elgin
Drew Elgin, MD
Dr. Elgin earned his degree in medicine from the University of Iowa in 1980. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Utah. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
Dr. Srihari Ramanujam. MD Srihari Ramanujam, MD
Dr. Ramanujam earned his degree in medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2001, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Washington University Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Ramanujam is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
Dr. Jeffrey Schenck Jeffrey Schenck, MD
Dr. Schenck earned his degree in medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Schenck is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Dr. Chad Stepke

Chad Stepke, MD
Dr. Stepke earned his degree in medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1998, and completed his internal medicine residency at Northwestern University. He also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Stepke is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Genetics

For those who have had a polyp or tumor removed, we perform a universal screening for Lynch syndrome. This genetic condition greatly increases one’s risk for colon cancer — doctors estimate that about three out of every 100 colon cancers are caused by Lynch syndrome — and we are one of the few Cancer Centers who perform this screening on every patient as a matter of protocol. 

Columbia St. Mary’s Polly and Bill Van Dyke Cancer Centers have a robust genetic counseling program for people with a strong family history of cancer. These one-hour sessions with a genetic counselor are covered by most insurance policies and include a comprehensive risk-assessment.

Family history is a key indicator of future cancer risk. Knowing your past will help you plan for your future.

To make an appointment contact:
Amy Stoddart, Genetics Counselor
414-298-7265

 

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