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Gary W. Falk, MD, MS

Gary W. Falk, MD, MS Physician

Clinical Co-Director (Adult GI), Joint Center with CHOP
Co-Director, Esophagology and Swallowing Center
Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Falk is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. G Falk

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2011-2012

Clinical Specialties

Specialties:

  • Medicine
    • Gastroenterology

Programs & Services:

  • Cancer
    • Colon Cancer
    • Esophageal Cancer
    • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Risk Evaluation Program
    • Gastrointestinal Cancer Evaluation Center (GICEC)
    • Liver Cancer
    • Pancreatic Cancer
    • Rectal Cancer
    • Small Intestine Cancer
    • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
  • Gastroenterology
    • Acid-Peptic Conditions
    • Esophageal and Swallowing Conditions
    • General Gastroenterology Consultation

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 1985
  • Internal Medicine, 1983

Conditions & Treatments:

  • Anal Cancer
  • atypical chest pain
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • dysphagia
  • eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • esophageal dilation
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • esophageal spasm
  • esophageal strictures
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
  • Swallowing Disorders

Clinical Interests

Esophageal diseases including Barrett's esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis, GERD diagnosis and treatment, achalasia, motility abnormalities, extraesophageal GERD, dysphagia, esophageal cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Gastroenterology

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine South Pavilion, 4th Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Residency: George Washington University Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Michigan Medical Center

Memberships

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, National American Gastroenterological Association, National American Gastroenterological Association, National American Journal of Gastroenterology, National American Journal of Physiology, National American Partnership For Eosinophilic Disorders, National Annals of Internal Medicine, National CDX Therapeutics, National Cleveland Clinc Journal of Medicine, National Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National Diseases of the Esophagus, International Gastroenterology Research Group, National Gastroenterology, National Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, National Gut, International GUT, International Hospital Practice, National International Eosinophil Society, National Interpace Diagnostics, National National Cancer Institute, National National Cancer Institute, National National Cancer Institute, National Nature Medicine, National New England Journal of Medicine, National Publications Committee, National Southwest Oncology Group, National University of Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, National

Affiliation

Dr. Falk is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Radnor: Has privileges to perform procedures.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Research Interests:

Barrett's esophagus: chemoprevention, detection, diagnosis, cancer prevention, epidemiology, risk stratification, pathogenesis

Eosinophilic esophagitis: epidemiology, pediatric-adult transition, fibrosis, clinical trials, pathogenesis

Endoscopy: advanced imaging

Selected Publications:

Chak Amitabh, Buttar Navtej S, Foster Nathan R, Seisler Drew K, Marcon Norman E, Schoen Robert, Cruz-Correa Marcia R, Falk Gary W, Sharma Prateek, Hur Chin, Katzka David A, Rodriguez Luz M, Richmond Ellen, Sharma Anamay N, Smyrk Thomas C, Mandrekar Sumithra J, Limburg Paul J: Metformin Does not Reduce Markers of Cell Proliferation in Esophageal Tissues of Patients with Barrett's Esophagus. Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association 13 (4): 665-72.e1-4,2014.

Muir Amanda B, Dods Kara, Noah Yuli, Toltzis Sarit, Chandramouleeswaran Prasanna Modayur, Lee Anna, Benitez Alain, Bedenbaugh Adam, Falk Gary W, Wells Rebecca G, Nakagawa Hiroshi, Wang Mei-Lun: Esophageal epithelial cells acquire functional characteristics of activated myofibroblasts after undergoing an epithelial to mesenchymal transition. Experimental cell research 330 (1): 102-10,2014.

Fudman David I, Lightdale Charles J, Poneros John M, Ginsberg Gregory G, Falk Gary W, Demarshall Maureen, Gupta Milli, Iyer Prasad G, Lutzke Lori, Wang Kenneth K, Abrams Julian A: Positive correlation between endoscopist radiofrequency ablation volume and response rates in Barrett's esophagus. Gastrointestinal endoscopy 80 (1): 71-7,2014.

Rieder Florian, Nonevski Ilche, Ma Jie, Ouyang Zhufeng, West Gail, Protheroe Cheryl, DePetris Giovanni, Schirbel Anja, Lapinski James, Goldblum John, Bonfield Tracey, Lopez Rocio, Harnett Karen, Lee James, Hirano Ikuo, Falk Gary, Biancani Piero, Fiocchi Claudio: T-helper 2 cytokines, transforming growth factor ß1, and eosinophil products induce fibrogenesis and alter muscle motility in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis. Gastroenterology 146 (5): 1266-77.e1-9,2014.

Menezes A, Tierney A, Yang Y-X, Forde K A, Bewtra M, Metz D, Ginsberg G G, Falk G W: Adherence to the 2011 American Gastroenterological Association medical position statement for the diagnosis and management of Barrett's esophagus. Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus / I.S.D.E : 2014.

Canto Marcia Irene, Anandasabapathy Sharmila, Brugge William, Falk Gary W, Dunbar Kerry B, Zhang Zhe, Woods Kevin, Almario Jose Antonio, Schell Ursula, Goldblum John, Maitra Anirban, Montgomery Elizabeth, Kiesslich Ralf: In vivo endomicroscopy improves detection of Barrett's esophagus-related neoplasia: a multicenter international randomized controlled trial (with video). Gastrointestinal endoscopy 79 (2): 211-21,2014.

Rieder F, Nonevski I, Ma J, Ouyang Z, West G, Protheroe C, Depetris G, Schirbel A, Lapinski J, Goldblum J, Bonfield T, Lopez R, Harnett K, Lee J, Hirano I, Falk G, Biancani P, Fiocchi C.: T-helper 2 Cyotkines, Transforming Growth Factor B1, and Eosinophil Products Induce Fibrogenesis and Alter Muscle Motility in Patients with Eosinophilic Esophagitis Gastroenterology : 2014.

Nieponice A, Badaloni AE, Jobe BA, Hoppo T, Pellegrini C, Velanovich V, Falk GW, Reavis K, Swanstrom L, Sharma VK, Nachman F, Ciotola FF, Caro LE, Cerisoli C, Cavadas D, FIgueroa LD, Pirchi D, Gibson M, Elizalde S, Cohen H.: Management of Early-Stage Esophageal Neoplasia (MESEN) Consensus World J Surg 38 : 96-105,2014.

Canto MI, Anandasabapathy S, Brugge W, Falk GW, Dunbar KB, Zhang Z, Woods K, Almario JA, Schell U, Goldblum J, Maitra A, Montgomery E, Kiesslich R.: In vivo endomicroscopy improves detection of Barrett's esophagus-related neoplasia: a multicenter international randomized controlled trial (with video) Gastrointest Endosc 79 : 211-21,2014.

Anaparthy Rajeswari, Gaddam Srinivas, Kanakadandi Vijay, Alsop Benjamin R, Gupta Neil, Higbee April D, Wani Sachin B, Singh Mandeep, Rastogi Amit, Bansal Ajay, Cash Brooks D, Young Patrick E, Lieberman David A, Falk Gary W, Vargo John J, Thota Prashanti, Sampliner Richard E, Sharma Prateek: Association Between Length of Barrett's Esophagus and Risk of High-grade Dysplasia or Adenocarcinoma in Patients Without Dysplasia. Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association 11 (11): 1430-6,2013.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Internal Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
7th Floor South Pavilion
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-4951
Fax: (215) 349-5915
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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