Welcome to Our Practice
Alaska Digestive and Liver Disease (ADLD) is renowned for excellent digestive healthcare with four industry- leading gastroenterologists. The physicians are all Board Certified in Gastroenterology and are United States Air Force Veterans.
At ADLD, we offer personalized healthcare and have never been known to compromise on the quality of our service. The physicians dedicate their service to caring for patients with digestive diseases, liver problems, and colon cancer prevention. We serve all communities in Alaska and offer a wide range of services including: Colonoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Esophageal Manometry, pH Studies, Capsule Endoscopy, and Hemorrhoidal Banding. Our focus on quality and satisfaction is demonstrated below.
Likelihood to recommend to a friend
93% of patients say that they would recommend family members and friends to Alaska Digestive and Liver Disease Endoscopy Center: Alaska Digestive Center (ADC).
Quality Standard Rankings
GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC) is “the non-profit collaboration of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), it is a quality benchmarking registry that is raising the bar on efficiency, effectiveness, and reliability.” (GIQuIC, 2015, p.1) The Registry aims to improve quality in the GI field. The gastroenterologists of Alaska Digestive and Liver Disease not only participate in GIQuIC, but continually exceed the national benchmarks for quality.
Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR)
An adenoma is a polyp that if left untreated may become cancerous. One goal for colon cancer prevention is finding and removing adenomas during a colonoscopy. Adenoma Detection Rate, or ADR, measures a gastroenterologist’s skill at detecting and removing polyps to prevent colon cancer. The industry benchmark, as established by GIQuIC, is that one should find these precancerous polyps in 25% of average risk individuals. ADLD gastroenterologists exceed this standard year after year and currently have an ADR more than double the industry benchmark.
Cecal Intubation Rate
Cecal intubation rate is always expressed as a percentage and stands for the percentage of time the physician reaches the cecum during a colonoscopy. Cecal intubation indicates a completed exam that looked at the entire colon. The national benchmark is 95% and ADLD GI providers exceed this and currently reach the cecum 99% of the time. The higher percentage demonstrates how thorough a physician is during a colonoscopy.
The time a provider spends inspecting your colon increases the likelihood they will find a cancer or polyp. This inspection time is also called ‘withdrawal time.’ It shows how thorough your provider is in performing colonoscopy. The average withdrawal time is the amount of time spent viewing the colon wall when no polyps are found. The industry standard for withdrawal time is 6 minutes. ADLD’s average withdrawal time is 10 minutes and 20 sec.