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Gary W. Falk, MD, MS

Gary W. Falk, MD, MS Physician

Clinical Co-Director (Adult GI), Joint Center with CHOP
Co-Director, Esophagology and Swallowing Center
Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Falk is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Gary W. Falk

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2011-2012

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Medicine
    • Gastroenterology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Gastroenterology, 1985
  • Internal Medicine, 1983

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Atypical Chest Pain
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • Esophageal Spasms
  • Esophageal Strictures
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Liver Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
  • Swallowing Disorders

Description of Clinical Expertise

Esophageal diseases including Barrett's esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis, GERD diagnosis and treatment, achalasia, motility abnormalities, extraesophageal GERD, dysphagia, esophageal cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Gastroenterology

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine South Pavilion, 4th Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Residency: George Washington University Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Michigan Medical Center

Memberships

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, National American Gastroenterological Association, National American Gastroenterological Association, National American Journal of Gastroenterology, National American Journal of Physiology, National American Partnership For Eosinophilic Disorders, National Annals of Internal Medicine, National CDX Therapeutics, National Cleveland Clinc Journal of Medicine, National Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National Diseases of the Esophagus, International Gastroenterology Research Group, National Gastroenterology, National Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, National Gut, International GUT, International Hospital Practice, National National Cancer Institute, National Nature Medicine, National New England Journal of Medicine, National Southwest Oncology Group, National University of Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Falk is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Radnor: Has privileges to perform procedures.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Barrett's esophagus: chemoprevention, detection, diagnosis, cancer prevention, epidemiology, risk stratification, pathogenesis

Eosinophilic esophagitis: epidemiology, pediatric-adult transition, fibrosis, clinical trials, pathogenesis

Endoscopy: advanced imaging

Selected Publications:

Kong Jianping, Whelan Kelly A, Laczkó Dorottya, Dang Brendan, Caro Monroig Angeliz, Soroush Ali, Falcone John, Amaravadi Ravi K, Rustgi Anil K, Ginsberg Gregory G, Falk Gary W, Nakagawa Hiroshi, Lynch John P: Autophagy levels are elevated in barrett's esophagus and promote cell survival from acid and oxidative stress. Molecular carcinogenesis : 2015.

Del Portillo Armando, Lagana Stephen M, Yao Yuan, Uehara Takeshi, Jhala Nirag, Ganguly Tapan, Nagy Peter, Gutierrez Jorge, Luna Aesis, Abrams Julian, Liu Yang, Brand Randall, Sepulveda Jorge L, Falk Gary W, Sepulveda Antonia R: Evaluation of Mutational Testing of Preneoplastic Barrett's Mucosa by Next-Generation Sequencing of Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded Endoscopic Samples for Detection of Concurrent Dysplasia and Adenocarcinoma in Barrett's Esophagus. The Journal of molecular diagnostics : JMD 17 (4): 412-9,2015.

Bennett Cathy, Moayyedi Paul, Corley Douglas A, DeCaestecker John, Falck-Ytter Yngve, Falk Gary, Vakil Nimish, Sanders Scott, Vieth Michael, Inadomi John, Aldulaimi David, Ho Khek-Yu, Odze Robert, Meltzer Stephen J, Quigley Eamonn, Gittens Stuart, Watson Peter, Zaninotto Giovanni, Iyer Prasad G, Alexandre Leo, Ang Yeng, Callaghan James, Harrison Rebecca, Singh Rajvinder, Bhandari Pradeep, Bisschops Raf, Geramizadeh Bita, Kaye Philip, Krishnadath Sheila, Brian Fennerty M, Manner Hendrik, Nason Katie S, Pech : Addendum: BOB CAT: A Large-Scale Review and Delphi Consensus for Management of Barrett's Esophagus With No Dysplasia, Indefinite for, or Low-Grade Dysplasia. The American journal of gastroenterology 110 (6): 943,2015.

Yachimski Patrick, Maqbool Sabba, Bhat Yasser M, Richter Joel E, Falk Gary W, Vaezi Michael F: Control of Acid and Duodenogastroesophageal Reflux (DGER) in Patients With Barrett's Esophagus. The American journal of gastroenterology 110 (8): 1143-8,2015.

Bennett Cathy, Moayyedi Paul, Corley Douglas A, DeCaestecker John, Falck-Ytter Yngve, Falk Gary, Vakil Nimish, Sanders Scott, Vieth Michael, Inadomi John, Aldulaimi David, Ho Khek-Yu, Odze Robert, Meltzer Stephen J, Quigley Eamonn, Gittens Stuart, Watson Peter, Zaninotto Giovanni, Iyer Prasad G, Alexandre Leo, Ang Yeng, Callaghan James, Harrison Rebecca, Singh Rajvinder, Bhandari Pradeep, Bisschops Raf, Geramizadeh Bita, Kaye Philip, Krishnadath Sheila, Fennerty M Brian, Manner Hendrik, Nason Katie S, Pech : BOB CAT: a Large-Scale Review and Delphi Consensus for Management of Barrett's Esophagus With No Dysplasia, Indefinite for, or Low-Grade Dysplasia. The American journal of gastroenterology 110 (5): 662-82; quiz 683,2015.

Small Aaron J, Sutherland Scott E, Hightower Jessica S, Guarner-Argente Carlos, Furth Emma E, Kochman Michael L, Forde Kimberly A, Bewtra Meenakshi, Falk Gary W, Ginsberg Gregory G: Comparative risk of recurrence of dysplasia and carcinoma after endoluminal eradication therapy of high-grade dysplasia versus intramucosal carcinoma in Barrett's esophagus. Gastrointestinal endoscopy 81 (5): 1158-66.e1-4,2015.

Chandrasekhara Vinay, Desilets David, Falk Gary W, Inoue Haruhiro, Romanelli John R, Savides Thomas J, Stavropoulos Stavros N, Swanstrom Lee L: The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy PIVI (Preservation and Incorporation of Valuable Endoscopic Innovations) on peroral endoscopic myotomy. Gastrointestinal endoscopy 81 (5): 1087-100.e1,2015.

Small Aaron J, Araujo James L, Leggett Cadman L, Mendelson Aaron H, Agarwalla Anant, Abrams Julian A, Lightdale Charles J, Wang Timothy C, Iyer Prasad G, Wang Kenneth K, Rustgi Anil K, Ginsberg Gregory G, Forde Kimberly A, Gimotty Phyllis A, Lewis James D, Falk Gary W, Bewtra Meenakshi: Radiofrequency Ablation Is Associated With Decreased Neoplastic Progression in Patients With Barrett's Esophagus and Confirmed Low-Grade Dysplasia. Gastroenterology 149 (3): 567-576.e3,2015.

Jiang Ming, Ku Wei-Yao, Zhou Zhongren, Dellon Evan S, Falk Gary W, Nakagawa Hiroshi, Wang Mei-Lun, Liu Kuancan, Wang Jun, Katzka David A, Peters Jeffrey H, Lan Xiaopeng, Que Jianwen: BMP-driven NRF2 activation in esophageal basal cell differentiation and eosinophilic esophagitis. The Journal of clinical investigation 125 (4): 1557-68,2015.

Sinh Preetika, Anaparthy Rajeswari, Young Patrick E, Gaddam Srinivas, Thota Prashanthi, Balasubramanian Gokulakrishnan, Singh Mandeep, Higbee April D, Wani Sachin, Gupta Neil, Rastogi Amit, Mathur Sharad C, Bansal Ajay, Horwhat John D, Cash Brooks D, Falk Gary W, Lieberman David A, Vargo John J, Sampliner Richard E, Sharma Prateek: Clinical outcomes in patients with a diagnosis of "indefinite for dysplasia" in Barrett's esophagus: a multicenter cohort study. Endoscopy 47 (8): 669-74,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Internal Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
7th Floor South Pavilion
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-4951
Fax: (215) 349-5915
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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