CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy consists of 15 physicians and 11 Advanced Practitioners who work together as a team to provide comprehensive care to patients in North/East Texas and beyond with high quality, safety and great efficiency.
The department is led by Kai Xia, MD, PhD, Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy. Feng Li, MD is the medical director of the Endoscopy, Mark Prince, MD, the director of inpatient gastroenterology service and Abdullah Mubarak , MD, the director of Hepatology. Each physician in the practice is fellowship trained and certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Gastroenterology and/or Hepatology.
The diversified training and interests of our providers facilitate highly specialized care and collaborative intra- and inter-departmental consultations to ensure the most up-to-date, efficient and effective treatment for each patient.
Comprehensive gastrointestinal care
The department treats the full range of digestive and liver problems and has created specialty clinics, including:
- general GI Clinic
- Liver Clinic
- IBD Clinic
- and Hemorrhoid Clinic
About CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Endoscopy Center
The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Endoscopy Center is certified for high quality and safety by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the premier professional society devoted to excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. The Endoscopy Center is fully equipped with general and advanced endoscopic technology. It includes a state–of-the-art electronic medical record and documentation system, which is integrated into the CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic electronic medical record system. This ensures that procedure reports are quickly available to both the patients and referring physicians.
Leading through research
With a wide range of experience and interests, the physicians of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy also actively participate in research, including national multi-center studies and endoscopy-related research to advance our knowledge in the field. The department also hosts regional educational events to update the physicians’ knowledge and promote a high level of quality and safety in patient care. We are committed to becoming a national center of excellence in digestive disease, live disease and endoscopy.
The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Endoscopy Center is certified by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the premier professional society devoted to excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy.
The Endoscopy Center is fully equipped with advanced endoscopic technology and includes a state–of-the-art electronic medical record and documentation system, which is integrated into the CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic electronic medical record system. This ensures that procedure reports are quickly available to both the patient and referring physicians.
What is Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a technique for looking inside the body. Using an endoscope, a long, thin flexible tube with a tiny light and video camera on the end, physicians can view and evaluate the interior of the upper digestive system.
Endoscopy allows the physician to view clear, high-quality and detailed photos of organs and tissue. This technique is minimally invasive and enables physicians to see abnormalitites such as inflammation or bleeding, that may not be visible on X-rays. If anything suspicious is viewed during the procedure, tissue samples can be taken for biopsy.
Other instruments can also be inserted into the scope to treat certain conditions. Our goal is early detection, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of disease utilizing endoscopy.
Full-range of endoscopic care
We offer a full range of endoscopic care, including:
- Diagnostic & Therapeutic Colonoscopy
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Upper Endoscopy
- Esophageal Dilation
- Esophageal Motility
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Small Bowel Endoscopy
- Endoscopic Mucosal Resection for Treatment of Mucosal Neoplasms
- Complicated polyps
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with treatment of trapped gallstones and biliary strictures
- Treatment of Pancreatic Stones
- Treatment of Mucosal Neoplasms
- Palliation of Gastrointestinal Malignancies
- Luminal Stenting
- Treatment of Strictures, Fistulae and Leaks
- Endoscopic Ultrasound
We offer some of the latest treatment options for patients with gastrointestinal disorders.
Our highly trained team provides screening, diagnosis and advanced treatments for a wide range of complex digestive disorders including:
- Colon cancer screening
- Benign and malignant esophageal disease: heartburn, reflux (GERD), Barrett's esophagus, swallowing disorders, achalasia, and esophageal cancer
- Stomach and small intestinal conditions: abdominal pain, nausea, ulcers, vomiting, stomach cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac disease (intestinal malabsorption), Dyspepsia (indigestion), gastroparesis, bacterial overgrowth and lactose intolerance
- Large intestine or colon conditions: ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, and constipation
- Pancreas, liver and gallbladder conditions: gallstones, pancreatitis, benign and malignant pancreatic and biliary disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis and other liver related conditions
- Portal hypertension
The Liver Clinic offered by the specialists at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy provides a continuum of care for patients with acute and chronic liver disorders, including pre- and post-transplant care. Using some of the most advanced and effective treatment strategies currently available, we offer individualized care for each patient, from diagnosis through treatment.
Our department works in seamless collaboration with two outstanding institutes—UT Southwestern Medical Center and Baylor University Medical Center—for combined evaluation and management of liver transplantation. We also participate in both local and national clinical research in an effort to provide our patients with the most effective treatment.
Comprehensive liver care
The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Liver Clinic diagnoses and treats many liver-related medical conditions including:
- Abnormal liver function tests
- All forms of hepatitis, including viral hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and autoimmune hepatitis
- Primary biliary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis
- Alcoholic liver disease
- Fatty liver and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
- Genetic liver diseases such as hemochromatosis, Wilson’s disease, cystic fibrosis and alpha-1 antirypsin-deficiency
- Benign and malignant tumors of the liver
- Biliary diseases and gallstones
- Vascular diseases of the liver
- Liver diseases in women and pregnancy
- Drug and toxin-induced liver disease
- Cirrhosis and its complications such as portal hypertension, esophageal/gastric varices, ascites and hepatic encephalopathy
- Liver failure
- Liver transplant evaluation and referral to the major liver transplant centers
- Pre- and post-liver transplant care
Learn more about liver disease risk factors
Did you know about half the population will experience the discomfort of hemorrhoids by age 50?
The onset of hemorrhoids commonly occurs after the age of 30 and is caused by constipation, pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, heavy lifting, sitting for long periods and diarrhea. Home remedies such as creams, suppositories and warm baths may offer temporary relief from hemorrhoid symptoms.
But for many people, hemorrhoids won’t go away without medical intervention. Instead, they can become worse over time, growing in size and number.
For years, people have experienced recurring flare-ups, and often delayed treatment due to fear of painful procedures. Now, the physicians at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy can help you end your suffering.
CRH O'Regan System™
We now offer the CRH O’Regan System™ that utilizes a non-surgical, patented device that provides treatment that is:
- Minimally uncomfortable
- Easy (no anesthesia, fasting or other prep required)
- Covered by most insurance plans
The hemorrhoid banding system is appropriate for approximately 95% of hemorrhoid patients. Only the most severe cases require surgery, which is often a result of delayed treatment.
With conventional rubber banding systems, pain has been reported in 4-29% of the cases. With the CRH O’Regan System™, less than 0.2% of patients experienced post-procedure pain or bleeding. We are pleased to offer this faster, more accurate and less painful state-of-the-art procedure to our patients.