Digestive Health Update: Thomas J. McGarrity, M.D.

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology recently welcomed Karen Krok, M.D. Dr. Krok earned her medical degree and completed internal medicine training at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University which included an additional year of transplant hepatology training. Dr. Krok returned to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as a fulfilled hepatologist for the past five years. At Penn State Hershey, she serves as director of the live donor liver transplant program.

Award presentation photo

Dr. Harold L. Paz, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, and Dean, Penn State College of Medicine presented the 2013 Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine Community Service Award for Faculty to Dr. Ian Schreibman.

Transplant hepatologist Ian Schreibman, M.D., recently received the 2013 Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine Community Service Award for Faculty. He was recognized for his ongoing contributions at the Bethesda Mission free medical clinic in Harrisburg, PA. Dr. Schreibman has volunteered many hours of service and has mentored many medical students and internal medicine residents at the Bethesda Mission.

Nurse practitioner Marjorie Lebo, C.R.N.P., received a staff community service Award for organizing the annual Colon Cancer Prevention 5K Run and Fun Walk. This event—held in June for the last seven years—has rapidly become a focal point for the racing community in central Pennsylvania. Proceeds from this event in part support colorectal cancer genetics counseling for individuals without health insurance.

The Penn State Hershey Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center works with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). The IBD Center continues to serves as a major sponsor of the CCFA’s Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis contribution to patient awareness efforts throughout Pennsylvania.

Emmanuelle D. Williams, M.D., a member of the IBD Center, also serves on the Advisory Board for the Gluten Intolerance Group of South Central Pennsylvania. Dr. Williams is the recipient of the 2013 American Gastroenterological Association Bridges to Excellence “Recognition for Excellence in the Delivery of Quality Inflammatory Bowel Disease Care”—the only one awarded in Pennsylvania and one of eighteen in the country.

Penn State Hershey physician demonstrating endoscopy techniques to medical students

Dr. McGarrity shares endoscopy techniques as part of the 2013 Ghana Endoscopy Training Program at Korle Bu teaching hospital in Accra, Ghana.

Thomas J. McGarrity, M.D., Professor of Medicine, recently returned from an endoscopy training program at Korle Bu Hospital in Accra, Ghana. With collaborators from Mayo Clinic and Oslo, Norway, a hands-on endoscopy training is provided annually for physicians from Ghana and West Africa. The Ghana College of Medicine has also approved funding for a first-ever gastroenterology fellowship program. The first gastroenterology fellow began training in January 2013.

Finally, Abraham Mathew, Professor of Medicine, was recognized at the annual Penn State Hershey Innovation Ceremony. Dr. Mathew, in collaboration with members of the mechanical engineering department at Penn State University, was awarded two patents for endoscopic devices which will be useful in the development of new endoscopic surgical procedures including NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery).

To learn more about Penn State Hershey Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and to watch a video featuring Dr. McGarrity, please visit http://www.pennstatehershey.org/web/gi/home/aboutus .

photo of Thomas J. McGarrity, M.D.

Thomas J. McGarrity, M.D.

Thomas J. McGarrity, M.D.

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Penn State Hershey Gastroenterology
  • Phone: 717-531-1441
  • Fellowship: Gastroenterology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Residency: Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Internship: Medicine, University of Pittsburgh – University Health Center of Pittsburgh; University of Virginia, School of Medicine

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