The Center for Advanced Endoscopy (CAE) at Tufts Medical Center, located in downtown Boston, is part of the Marlene Neely Center for Digestive Health and is led by Director of Endoscopy, Robert F. Yacavone, MD.
Along with Dr. Yacavone, Drs. Mark J. Sterling and Nikola S. Natov are part of a care team that is comprised of endoscopy nurses and technicians who work closely with experts in pathology, interventional radiology, oncology, and surgery.
Drs. Yacavone, Sterling and Natov have specialized training in advanced endoscopy and have extensive skills and experience in dealing with a variety of cases ranging from the simplest to the most complex. The mission of the Center for Advanced Endoscopy is to make your visit as comfortable, safe, and effective as possible while providing advanced endoscopic care that is focused on your individual needs.
Conditions diagnosed and treated
- Benign and malignant disorders of the esophagus – achalasia, strictures of the esophagus, staging of esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, and palliative stenting for esophageal cancer
- Benign and malignant disorders of the stomach – EMR of stomach polyps and precancerous areas, and staging of stomach cancer
- Gallstones in the bile duct and strictures of the bile duct
- Pancreatic cancer
- Acute and chronic pancreatitis
- Removal of large colon polyps and palliative stenting for colon cancer
- Staging of rectal cancer
Advanced endoscopic procedures performed
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Cholangioscopy and pancreatoscopy (Spyglass)
- Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Endoluminal stent placement for palliation of gastrointestinal cancers
- Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for Barrett’s esophagus
- EMR of large colon polyps
- Deep enteroscopy for gastrointestinal bleeding
- Pneumatic dilation for achalasia
- Gastric balloon placement for weight loss
- Endoscopic gallbladder drainage
- Rectal endoscopic ultrasound