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|Dr. Bratcher Joins BMC Gastroenterology Practice: Provides ERCP and Endoscopic Ultrasound|
|Gastroenterologist Joins BMC Practice: Provides Comprehensive Care and Specialized Endoscopic Ultrasound
Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Jason Bratcher, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained Gastroenterologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC. Dr. Bratcher, who came to the Berkshires from a New York City practice, is accepting new patients in need of comprehensive Gastroenterology care. He is partnered with Jeffrey St. John, MD, Rangan Murali, MD, and Richard Woller, PA, at Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC.
Dr. Bratcher specializes in the use of Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), an advanced, minimally-invasive technology that allows for the examination of deeper tissue layers of the upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. The upper GI tract consists of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum; the lower GI tract includes the colon and rectum. EUS allows for the evaluation of tissue and organs that are not visible with traditional endoscopy, such as the liver, biliary tree and pancreas. During the EUS procedure, fine needle aspiration (FNA) can be performed to assist in the diagnosis and staging of various GI malignancies, including esophageal, stomach and pancreatic cancers. He also is trained in ERCP, a technique that allows for treatment of hepatobiliary disorders that can cause blockage of the biliary tree, liver and pancreas. EUS and ERCP are oftentimes used in conjunction for complicated GI disorders.
Dr. Bratcher most recently worked in a private Gastroenterology practice in New York, with Jerome Siegel, MD, a pioneer in the development of ERCP. He was affiliated the Center for Digestive Health at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, and also served as a voluntary physician with Englewood Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center, both in NJ.
He is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, and fellowship trained in Gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City and in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at Beth Israel Medical Center/St. Vincent’s Hospital. Originally from Artesia, New Mexico, Dr. Bratcher received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and completed his residency and served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
For an appointment with Dr. Bratcher, ask your physician for a referral, or call Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC at 413-499-8590.