What is hepatology?
Hepatology is a branch of gastroenterology . The function of the liver cannot be viewed in isolation. It is an important factor for the healthy functioning of the digestive organs and the entire metabolism. Gastroenterology deals with the digestive system from the stomach through the liver and gall bladder to the individual intestinal sections .
The hepatology department takes care of the physiology of the liver and the diagnosis and treatment of malformations and diseases of the liver, bile and biliary tract. The liver is the largest metabolic organ. It has to produce the body’s own proteins from foreign proteins . It produces the bile and other enzymes and messenger substances for the digestive process. It utilizes food components, stores vitamins and detoxifies the organism. The liver has a particularly strong ability to regenerate.
The digestive gland in an adult weighs about 1,500 grams. The structure of the liver is anatomically made up of four different liver lobes and functionally of eight different liver segments. The structure of the liver tissue shows up with many liver lobes. These are the actual functional tissue for controlling the glucose, fat and protein metabolism. The cells in the liver are called hepatocytes.
The digestive gland also contains the intrahepatic bile ducts that direct the bile into the gall bladder . In addition, the liver tissue is interspersed with periportal fields, which consist of connective tissue . Important blood vessels run within the structure of the liver .
Which diseases are treated by hepatologists / specialists in hepatology?
Liver disease is also known as hepatopathy. A hepatologist treats diseases that affect the liver or the bile duct system . If you have liver disease, it can be
- an infectious liver disease such as viral hepatitis or a liver abscess,
- a toxic liver disease (e.g. alcohol-toxic liver disease and medicinal liver disease) or
- to treat benign and malignant tumors such as liver cancer , liver metastases or gallbladder cancer
Liver cancer is divided into hepatocellular carcinoma and bile duct carcinoma , depending on the origin of the tumor cells . Liver metastases are daughter growths of a tumor that grows elsewhere in the body. Alcohol abuse and viral hepatitis can cause cirrhosis of the liver . Typical gallbladder and biliary tract diseases that the liver specialist / hepatologist treats are
- Gallstones (choledocholithiasis, cholecystolithiasis),
- Inflammations such as cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder ), inflammation of the bile ducts (cholangitis) and
- Biliary disorders.
If you find yourself to be in a situation where finding the best Sydney Hepatologist gets difficult, then we are here to help you out with this. Below is a list of the top Hepatologist Sydney. To help you find the best Hepatologist in Sydney located near you, we put together our own list based on patient reviews.
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⇒ Dr Joseph Lawler
Dr Joseph Lawler was awarded his medical degree from the University of Sydney. He subsequently completed his residency at St Vincent’s Hospital and then Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) in Sydney. It was specifically his experience within the dynamic Liver Transplant Unit at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital that motivated Dr Lawler to pursue Advanced Training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Liver Medicine).
Phone: +61 2 9519 8689
⇒ Dr Scott Davison
Dr Scott Davison is a Staff Specialist at the Liverpool Hospital and a conjoint lecturer at the University of NSW. He completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2004, and worked as a junior doctor at Wollongong and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He completed Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 2010 with specialist training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Liverpool Hospital.
⇒ Dr Hank Chen
Dr Hank Chen is a consultant gastroenterologist/hepatologist specialising in all gastrointestinal and liver disorders. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Sydney in 2009 and undertook physician training subspecialising in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, in Sydney NSW. He works as a specialist consultant gastroenterologist at a number of tertiary centres within central Sydney, and has private consulting rooms within Sydney.
- Double Balloon Enteroscopy
- Small bowel Enteroscopy, Liver disease
- Cancer screening and iron deficiency anemia
⇒ Dr Jo Chen
Dr Jo Chen received her medical degree from the University of New South Wales before training in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. After completion of her Fellowship (FRACP) in 2013, she undertook further extensive, advanced training with a fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Concord Hospital and in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation in Vancouver Canada. She also completed a postgraduate Master of Philosophy (Medicine) in the area of inflammatory bowel disease.
- Colorectal cancer screening, H. pylori infection
- IBD, Liver diseases
- Chronic Hepatitis B
⇒ A/Prof Mark Danta
A/Prof Mark Danta is an Associate Professor of Medicine, UNSW and a Hepatologist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He graduated from the University of Newcastle, NSW in 1992 and trained in Gastroenterology in Sydney. Developing an interest in liver disease and viral hepatitis he completed his clinical training in Hepatology at the Royal Free Hospital, London in 2001-2003.
- Hepatology, Gastroenterology
- Liver disease, Viral hepatitis
- Hepatitis C, HIV co-infection
Phone: (02) 8382 6687
⇒ Dr Robert Cheng
Dr Robert Cheng is a procedural gastroenterologist and hepatologist. Dr Cheng provides medical consultations at GastroHealth centres in Baulkham Hills and Rouse Hill. He holds staff specialist appointments at Westmead Hospital and Concord Hospital. He is also a VMO gastroenterologist at Macquarie University Hospital, Hospital for Specialist Surgery, and Norwest Private Hospital. Dr Cheng performs endoscopies in both public and private hospitals.
Phone: 02 9812 3880
⇒ Dr Guang Chen
Dr Guang Chen is a proud Chinese Australian gastroenterologist and hepatologist practising in Western Sydney. He then completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology as addiction medicine. Dr Chen has worked with leaders in Australia and will share his knowledge and expertise. He is a registered medical practitioner and is accredited to perform diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures.
- General medicine