Advanced Endoscopy

Delivering state-of-the-art care for acute, complex and malignant disease

GANV was first in Northern Virginia to establish an Advanced Endoscopy Clinic providing a comprehensive array of endoscopic services. The clinic functions in conjunction with Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Center for Advanced Endoscopy and is led by our interventional gastroentrologists, Medical Director, Dr. Behzad Kalaghchi, Dr. Byungki Kim, Dr. Mahmood Abedi and Dr. Iris Lee.

Experienced in performing technically demanding and complex endoscopic procedures, our advanced endoscopists diagnose, stage and treat benign and malignant diseases of the digestive tract. Equipped with the newest technology and trained in the latest techniques, they are committed to maintaining an unsurpassed standard of care.

Responsive and Thorough

Our advanced endoscopists provide skilled, individual attention. To ensure an informed approach to care, they work closely with referring physicians to gain a complete picture of each patient’s medical history.

Our physicians are also accessible to referring physicians to discuss patient cases before, during or after care. Complete, detailed reports and progress updates are provided promptly, and all patients are returned to their referring physicians’ care once advanced endoscopy needs are resolved.

Procedure Expertise

Barrett’s Esophagus/Esophageal Neoplasia:

  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) staging
  • Barrx (Halo) radiofrequency ablation
  • Esophageal 24-hour pH impedance monitoring (BRAVO)
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection
  • Esophageal stent placement

GI Submucosal Lesions:

  • EUS examination with possible FNA
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection

Benign Pancreaticobiliary Disease:

  • Sphincter of Oddi manometry
  • EUS-guided pancreatic pseudocyst drainage
  • ERCP with cholangioscopy and mechanical lithotripsy
  • Pancreatic endotherapy

Pancreaticobiliary Neoplasia:

  • EUS-FNA for diagnosis and staging of pancreatic solid and cystic lesions
  • EUS-guided celiac plexus neurolysis for chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer
  • Endoscopic ampullectomy
  • Endoscopic duodenal stenting
  • EUS staging 

Colorectal Neoplasia:

  • Stenting for obstructive colon cancers
  • Complex polypectomy for large colonic polyps
  • EUS staging of rectal cancers

Thoracic Neoplasia:

  • EUS-FNA staging of lung cancer
  • EUS-FNA diagnosis of mediastinal masses and lymph nodes

Physicians specializing in Advanced Endoscopy:

Behzad Kalaghchi, MD
Mahmood Abedi, MD
Byungki Kim, MD
Iris Lee, MD