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BAYONNE MEDICAL CENTER DOCTOR NAMED FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN GASTROENTEROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
BAYONNE, NJ - March 3, 2010 - Bayonne Medical Center announced today that Dr. Anaka Prakash, has been named Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the nations oldest medical society dedicated to disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Through the fellowship program, the AGA honors superior professional achievement in clinical private or academic practice and in basic or clinical research. Fellowships are awarded to AGA members whose accomplishments and contributions demonstrate personal commitment to the field of gastroenterology.
""We are pleased that Dr. Parkash has received this well deserved recognition. Dr. Parkash is a dedicated and skilled physician who is respected and admired by his colleagues at Bayonne Medical Center and his patients "said Daniel A. Kane, President and CEO of Bayonne Medical Center.
"I am thrilled to be named fellow and to receive this recognition from the AGA. "I am proud to be part of the unit at Bayonne Medical Center and proud of this recognition, "said Dr. Anaka Prakash, Director of the Endoscopy unit.
The mission of the AGA is to promote the science and practice of gastroenterology through the support of research, education, advocacy and practice.
"We are pleased to welcome the most recent nominees for the AGA Fellowship program, said Gail A. Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, AGA Institute President. "Individuals accepted as AGA Fellows have made and continue to make important contributions to patient care and to the science of gastroenterology".
About Digestive Diseases
An estimated 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases, according to the National Institute of health's (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and more than 230,000 deaths occur from GI disorders, including cancers. Direct medical expenses for digestive diseased are estimated to cost more than $100 billion. About 10 percent of hospitalizations and 15 percent of in-patient hospital procedures are attributed annually to treatment of digestive diseases and an additional 105 million visits to doctors' offices related to digestive diseases occur each year.
Established in 1888, Bayonne Medical Center is a 278-bed, fully accredited, acute-care hospital located in Hudson County. Since opening its doors more than a century ago, it has been committed to providing quality, comprehensive, community-based healthcare services to more than 70,000 people annually. Some of the services that the medical center provides are Emergency Department services; Interventional Cardiology services; Oncology; Radiology; Vascular Care; Wound Care; Bariatric Surgery and other services. With its finger on the pulse of the community, Bayonne Medical Center continually develops new and expanded services to meet the changing needs of the people it serves. Bayonne Medical Center's endoscopy department is a three-room state of the art endoscopy unit equipped with full service including fluoroscopy. Our gastroenterologists are certified and boarded in gastroenterology and our nursing staff is nationally certified in GI nursing. Procedures performed range from screening colonoscopy to more complex procedures, including endoscopic ultrasound to diagnose and stage gastrointestinal cancers especially pancreatic cancer and ERCP for removal of bile duct stones and palliation of pancreatic cancer. For more information, please call 201-858-5293.
About the AGA
The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers practice, research and educational programs of the organization.