A board-certified gastroenterologist, Robert H. Hawes, MD, specializes in advanced endoscopy with particular interest in pancreatobiliary diseases and gastrointestinal oncology. He treats these and other complex digestive disorders at the Orlando Health Digestive Health Institute Center for Advanced Endoscopy, Research and Education.
By combining advanced diagnostic techniques with minimally invasive therapies using flexible endoscopes, Dr. Hawes treats patients with conditions of the digestive tract. This approach is a safe, effective option and offers patients fewer complications and shorter recovery times.
The center's services include management of bariatric complications; endoscopy in inflammatory bowel disease; and third space endoscopy. Notable procedures include:
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy with Ultrasound (EUS)
- Luminal Stenting
- Double Balloon Endoscopy (DBE)
- Tissue Resection
- Management of Barrett's esophagus
- Zenkers diverticulum
Dr. Hawes' Training
Dr. Hawes earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he also completed postdoctoral training, including an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology. He spent a year in London at The Middlesex Hospital and University College Hospital training in advanced endoscopy.
About Dr. Hawes
Dr. Hawes was an early adopter of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and started one of the United States' first EUS programs at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1987. He later helped establish a Digestive Disease Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, with a vision to facilitate the integration of GI medicine, surgery and radiology into an integrated unit.
During his career, he has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, edits the primary textbook on EUS and has contributed numerous chapters to gastroenterology and endoscopy textbooks. He has lectured and performed live endoscopy demonstrations around the world and trained a generation of endosonographers over the past 30 years.
Dr. Hawes is a member of several national and international societies, a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and the Japanese Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society, and has previously served as president for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), from 2005 to 2006. Recognized by ASGE with the Master Endoscopist Award, Dr. Hawes has received many awards and honors, including the Rudolf V. Schindler Award – the highest honor given by the ASGE.
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