UC San Diego Health Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit is nationally recognized

UC San Diego Health’s gastrointestinal endoscopy program has been recognized as a leader in quality and safety by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the leading national gastrointestinal endoscopy medical society.

First awarded the prestigious honor in 2009, the inaugural year of the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program, UC San Diego Health has now received a new three-year renewal award. The Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit is one of only 35 endoscopy centers in California and 600 nationally to be given this important accreditation.

Pictured are some of the team members of UC San Diego Health’s Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit, which has received national recognition by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the leading national gastrointestinal endoscopy medical society. UC San Diego Health’s unit is one of just 35 in California and 600 nationally accredited.

“I am proud that our endoscopy team continues to receive this recognition,” said Thomas Savides, MD, gastroenterologist and director of the Endoscopic Ultrasound Program at UC San Diego Health. “Not only does a unit need to meet high thresholds for the quality and safety of patient care, but it must also have a dedication to collecting this data and continually improving and developing it.”

“This is a testament to the hard work our nurses, endoscopy techs, physicians and administrative staff do every day to make sure our patients are treated the best they can,” said Stephanie Reed, RN, MPH, gastroenterology nurse manager at UC San Diego. receive the highest quality care.” Health “This recognition would not happen without our dedication to our patients, passion for gastroenterology, and the cohesive teamwork that occurs every day within our department and units.”

UC San Diego Health is at the forefront of endoscopic technology. Our physicians use endoscopy in combination with other diagnostic and surgical techniques to effectively address a range of conditions with minimally invasive approaches. UC San Diego Health’s Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and Interventional Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Program is recognized by the ASGE as a premier program in the United States.

The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy programs that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria, which include ASGE on Quality Assurance, Endoscope Reprocessing, Disease Control and Prevention Infection Control Guidelines This includes following the guidelines. and ensuring endoscopy staff qualifications.

“We continue to have the highest quality rates for our screening colonoscopies in terms of adenoma (benign tumor) detection rates, complete examination of the colon, and low complication rates,” Savides said. Both routine general procedures, as well as the most complex conventional methods of endoscopy care.


Thomas Savides, MD, is a gastroenterologist and director of the Endoscopic Ultrasound Program at UC San Diego Health, as well as interim chairman of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

“Our program also stands out because of the strong basic, clinical and translational research conducted by our UC San Diego faculty in gastroenterology and liver diseases,” said Savides, interim chair of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. . Medicine. “That put us in the number one spot US News & World Report ‘Best Global University for Gastroenterology and Hepatology’ for the last three years.

in 2022-2023 US News & World Report In the UC San Diego Health ‘Best Hospitals’ survey, gastroenterology and GI surgery ranked No. 11.

To be accredited by the ASGE, an entity must, through a peer-reviewed application process, certify the continued competence of all employees relative to their roles, specific entity policies for ongoing assessment of performance relative to key quality indicators Must demonstrate and confirm adoption. That the unit has an established infrastructure and dedicated staff for infection control and prevention. The program applies to all settings in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands where endoscopy is practiced.

“We are proud to acknowledge these endoscopy units through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program,” said LukeJohn Day, MD, FASGE, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee chair. “By ensuring adherence to infection control principles, continually evaluating staff competency and monitoring patient satisfaction, ASGE-accredited facilities contribute to public confidence in endoscopy, a life-saving technique.”

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