Center for Liver Disease
The liver is one of the most important organs as it eliminates harmful substances from the blood, makes substances that promote normal clotting of the blood, food digestion, and converts food into energy. Because of these important roles, progressive liver diseases can cause major damage to the rest of the human body before symptoms become noticeable.
The Capital Health Center for Liver Disease offers a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnose and treat liver disease at its earliest stage using advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical technologies and techniques. Led by Dr. Santiago Munoz, a very experienced hepatologist who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, including a focus on liver failure, patients receive a unique level of expertise in liver disease and also treatment before and after liver transplantation.
In addition to Dr. Munoz, our expert physicians have dedicated extra years to specialized training in techniques and technologies, including advanced therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy, interventional radiology, surgical oncology, and minimally invasive surgery.
PERSONALIZED CARE FROM BEGINNING TO END
Those with serious liver disease receive a comprehensive evaluation and a customized care plan from a fellowship trained liver disease specialist at Capital Health. This includes immediate consultations, antiviral treatment when necessary, aggressive management of related complications of liver disease, and consideration for transplantation.
Physicians at the Center for Liver Disease are continually involved in clinical research and education and among the first to trial new equipment before or right after it becomes commercially available. This means that they are experienced in all therapy options for liver disease, and these physicians are personally available to patients and their referring physicians to answer any and all questions about their care.
All testing and care options are provided in one, state-of-the-art location designed for patient-centered healing—Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell.
When a liver transplant is necessary, Capital Health prepares patients for the procedure by creating individualized protocols for specialized needs and continued treatments during their recovery after surgery. Led by an experienced transplant hepatologist, the Center for Liver Disease creates a seamless and patient-focused care path that ensures patients get all of the emotional, logistical and clinical support needed for a successful outcome from transplant surgery.
For those who are not a candidate for transplant surgery or do not require it, Capital Health provides advanced alternatives, including laparoscopic liver resection, immunosuppression and immunomodulation, varix obliteration, portal decompression using transjugular intrahepatic porto-systemic shunting, chemoembolization, radiofrequency ablation, and interventional radiology and the full spectrum of therapeutic endoscopy procedures.
- Acute liver failure
- Alcoholic hepatitis
- Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Bile duct obstruction
- Chronic liver failure
- Enlarged liver
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatitis D
- Hepatitis E
- Liver adenoma
- Liver cysts
- Liver hemangioma
- Liver nodules (focal nodular hyperplasia)
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Parasitic infections of the liver
- Portal vein thrombosis
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
- Primary liver cancer
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis
- Toxic and drug-induced hepatitis
- Wilson's disease
STATE-OF-THE-ART DIAGNOSTICS, THERAPY AND SURGICAL TREATMENTS
CLINICAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
As part of the Center’s mission to improve patient care and remain on the cutting edge of technology, our physicians are continually involved in clinical research and education. All procedures, however, are performed only by the attending physician, without trainee involvement. Our physicians have published numerous studies in the most prestigious medical journals in gastroenterology and surgery, as well as published numerous book chapters.