GI clinic for women, staffed by women, opens
courtesy of the Link, the Health System newsletter.
staff of the new GI clinic for women includes, from left to
right, Nicole Flaherty, R.D.; Cynthia Yoshida, M.D.; Beth
Dierdorf, R.N., MSN; and Karen Beales, P.A.
Digestive Health Clinic has been created at the University Health
System. The multidisciplinary clinic, which opened Sept. 1,
incorporates gastroenterology, endoscopy, nutrition counseling
and pain psychology.
is a clinic for women and staffed by women. It is very unique,"
said Dr. Cynthia Yoshida, associate professor of internal medicine
and director of the new clinic.
work in the clinic has implications beyond regular office visits,
Yoshida explained. Patients have the opportunity to participate
in a number of national clinical trials. In addition, there are
plans to initiate a database to study gender-related gastrointestinal
to the American Digestive Health Foundation, at least 40 million
Americans suffer from chronic digestive diseases that impact their
lifestyle, and many more people are affected less severely by
digestive illness. Women are more likely than men to suffer from
certain gastrointestinal illnesses and are equally affected by
colon cancer, the most deadly digestive disease.
is important that women openly discuss digestive health with their
physician. Women often think they are less at risk for digestive
illnesses than men are. This is not true. Women need to be aware
of the symptoms, risk factors and screening options for common
digestive illnesses," Yoshida said.
practitioners plus a nutritionist and a pain psychologist, all
female, staff the Women's Digestive Health Clinic, which is located
at two University sites. One is at the Medical Center, the other
at the Northridge facility on Rt. 250 west. The Northridge clinic
is open Mondays from 8 a.m.-noon; the hospital clinic is open
Fridays from 8 a.m.-noon. For information, call 924-9582.