Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Mercy’s team of breast surgeons and breast cancer specialists in Baltimore help women determine the best breast cancer treatment options available to them.
The Institute for Gynecologic Care is the flagship Center of Excellence in the highly respected and widely acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health & Medicine at Mercy.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
At The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy, Dr. Mary Harris and Dr. Matilda Hagan are among the best doctors in the region for diagnosing and treating all forms of inflammatory bowel disease, which include collagenous colitis, lympocytic colitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis, often referred to as microscopic colitis, are inflammatory conditions of the colon. These conditions may result from an autoimmune response in which the immune system damages healthy cells of the colon for unknown reasons.
Symptoms of collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis include:
Collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis are diagnosed by microscopic examination of several tissue samples taken from the large intestine lining. Collagenous colitis has an abnormally large, or thickened, protein band, called collegen, inside the colon lining whereas lymphocytic colitis has an increase in white blood cells, known as lymphocytes, between the cells lining the colon. To obtain these tissue samples to diagnose collagenous colitis or lymphocytic colitis, a colonoscopy or a flexible sigmoidoscopy is performed.
Treatment of collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis begins with dietary changes, followed by medication. If those treatment options do not relieve symptoms of collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis, surgery may be recommended to remove the inflamed portions of the colon, although this approach is rarely needed.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, focuses on hepatology, a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that addresses the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tract.
Learn more about a long-term health struggle and the trusting relationship one patient established with her doctor at The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.