Gastroenterologist: Rebecca A. Burbridge, MD
My name is Rebecca Burbridge, and I am the director of advanced endoscopy at Duke University Medical Center. I've always been interested in hands-on work. Initially when I was going through medical school, I considered being a surgeon, but I also liked interacting with patients more in the clinic and on a personal level. So GI is a nice fit of both procedural work and having the ability to follow patients in clinic as well. Patients come to me particularly with problems or diseases of the bile duct and pancreas. My main procedures that I perform in clinic are endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, otherwise known as ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, and removal of large complex colon polyps.
I also provide luminal stinting for patients with blockages of the esophagus, small intestine, stomach, and rectum. The patients who come to Duke for procedures that I perform generally come here because they don't have those procedures offered in their local community hospitals. The advanced procedures such as ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound really generally occurred at big academic centers. I think Duke also offers us the ability to collaborate with some of the country's best medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists. In my practice, in particular, I work very closely with those other specialties to provide collaborative care for patients. I tend to be a very laid back, relaxed person.
I'm the type of provider who can both laugh with a patient, cry with a patient, hold their hand if I give them a bad diagnosis. So I tend to relate with patients more on a personal level. I think providing that caring aspect of medicine is one of my attributes. I think definitely, the favorite part of my job is my interaction with patients. I get great pleasure in meeting patients from different aspects of lives, different parts of the country who may come to Duke for their healthcare.
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