Gastroenterologist joins Canton-Potsdam Hospital staff
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 9:04 am

POTSDAM – Gastroenterologist Dr. Xiaosong Song has joined Canton-Potsdam Hospital and will begin seeing patients at 190 Outer Main St. in Potsdam on Wednesday.

Song’s practice will include specialized techniques such as colonoscopy, endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, endoscopic dilation and foreign body removal, stent placement and other diagnostic and treatment tools.

Song completed his medical training in the Clinical Medicine Department of China Medical University in 1994. He completed his internal medicine residency at the New York Medical College, Richmond, in 2009. He also served as co-chief resident during his final year of residency. He completed fellowship training in gastroenterology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn this year.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and he is board eligible for gastroenterology.

Song’s experience includes serving as an Assistant Investigator at the Center of Oncology and Cell Biology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Research Institute in Manhasset,; as a research scientist in the Department of Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center; as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Pharmacology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in Stony Brook; and as a postdoctoral research fellow in the New Jersey Trauma Center of the New Jersey Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He previously served as a resident in the Surgery Department at Dalian No. 2 Hospital in Dalian, China.

A published researcher, Song has authored numerous papers and abstracts on the study of cell biology and gastroenterology, and has offered oral presentations to his peers at various national and international meetings. He is also a co-investigator of a research grant studying inflammatory bowel disease.

A gastroenterologist manages treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. It includes diagnosis and treatment of common conditions such as colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, heartburn, peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis.

Additional specific areas Song’s practice will address include hepatology (diseases, disorders and conditions of the liver), inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) and manometry, a test used to determine if the esophagus or rectum is able to move normally. The esophageal manometry test is commonly given to people who have difficulty swallowing, heartburn and atypical chest pain. The anorectal manometry test is commonly given to people who have long lasting constipation or fecal incontinence.

Individuals can schedule appointments by calling 261-4493.

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