Joo Ha Hwang M.D., Ph.D.

 Joo Ha Hwang M.D., Ph.D.

Bio

Dr. Hwang is the chief of the gastroenterology section at Harborview Medical Center. He specializes in early detection of gastrointestinal malignancies…

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Patient Care Philosophy

Effectively communicate with patients by listening to patients and providing patients with information regarding management options so that they are empowered to make decisions that will impact their care and health.

Personal Interests

Attending the symphony, cooking, golf and skiing.

Clinical Interests

Early detection of gastrointestinal malignancies including esophageal cancer, gastric (stomach) cancer, pancreatic cancer, bile duct cancer and colon cancer. Endoscopic therapy to treat early esophageal and gastric cancer by endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and ablation.

Research Interests

Endoscopic technology and high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Univ. of Chicago Pritzker Sch of MedMedical education1997
UW - Division of GastroenterologyFellowship
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternship
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidency

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1997

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of Internal MedicineGastroenterology2005
Dr. Hwang is the chief of the gastroenterology section at Harborview Medical Center. He specializes in early detection of gastrointestinal malignancies including esophageal cancer, gastric (stomach) cancer, pancreatic cancer, bile duct cancer and colon cancer. Dr. Hwang performs advanced endoscopic procedures including EUS-FNA, ERCP and enteroscopy. In addition, Dr. Hwang performs endoscopic therapy to treat early esophageal and gastric cancer by endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and ablation.

Dr. Hwang received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in electrical engineering. He then received his M.D. degree from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Washington. He did his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Washington and has been a faculty member at the University of Washington since 2004. He was selected as one of “Seattle’s Top Doctors” by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.

Dr. Hwang is board certified in gastroenterology. He is active with local, national and international professional societies. He is a fellow of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (FASGE) and is a past-president of the Pacific Northwest Gastroenterology Society.

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