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Dr. Mary Harris is a regionally recognized gastroenterologist and Medical Co-Director of Mercy's Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center at Mercy is led by Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Chang, and Dr. Brendan Collins -recognized specialists in breast reconstruction and restoration.
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 Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy, the team of gastroenterology doctors specializing in digestive diseases works to diagnose and treat causes of abdominal pain. Patients throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan region seek the expertise of Mercy’s doctors for their knowledge and experience in detecting causes of abdominal pain.
Chronic abdominal pain often is caused by organs in the abdomen or around the abdomen. Many times the exact cause of chronic abdominal pain is hard to find. The severity and location of the pain as well as other symptoms may help determine what is causing the abdominal pain. Generalized pain occurs in half of the abdomen or more; whereas, localized pain is confined to one area of the abdomen. Sudden localized pain that worsens could be serious and should be evaluated. Chronic abdominal pain can sometimes be related to an inflammatory bowel disease.
Often a symptom of many digestive diseases, chronic abdominal pain is diagnosed by reviewing symptoms and conducting a physical exam. The location, length, and pattern of the abdominal pain are evaluated to help determine the cause of the abdominal pain.
Tests for chronic abdominal pain include:
Chronic abdominal pain can be treated by medications. If the chronic abdominal pain is associated with a particular digestive disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease, the abdominal pain is treated according the treatment options available for those digestive diseases.
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 about ulcerative colitis - diagnosis and treatment - from the perspective of a Mercy patient.