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Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Expands Gastroenterology Services

Monday, November 24, 2008

Elkhorn, Wis. -- With the increasing demand for gastroenterology services in Walworth County, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center welcomes a new group of gastroenterology physician specialists to the hospital. The new team has provided comprehensive gastroenterology services at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington for several years.

The new physicians are:

  • Phillip Chung, M.D., board certified gastroenterology, medical degree-University of Chicago.
  • Stephen Deutsch, M.D., board certified gastroenterology, medical degree-Tufts University, Boston.
  • Bennett Pastika, D.O., board certified gastroenterology, medical degree-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • James Radke, M.D., board certified gastroenterology, medical degree-Loyola University, Chicago.
  • Rama Venu, M.D., board certified gastroenterology, medical degree-Kerlaa University-Kottayam.

“Our goal is to provide services that people need close to home and work,’’ said Kathy Skowlund, vice president and chief administrative officer, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

“We are pleased to welcome this highly trained and experienced group to our physician team and community,’’ she added.

The integrated team of board certified gastroenterology specialists and surgeons will the range of services from screening colonoscopy to polyp removal and advanced diagnostics such as endoscopic ultrasound.

Dr. Pastika added that the new team of gastroenterology physicians looks forward to collaborating with the other physician specialists at the hospital, including the general surgeons.

“This is a formidable addition to the hospital that will make a huge difference for our patients,’’ he said. “Aurora Lakeland Medical Center will have gastroenterology physician specialists on site every day. Patients will have easy access to comprehensive gastroenterology care and services.’’

Some of the new procedures that will be available will include:

  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Capsule endoscopy

To learn more about the expanded gastroenterology services at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, please call 262-741-2750 or check out GI services at

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.


Andy Johnson

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