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Dr. Michel Kahaleh

Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
New York, NY
28 years experience male

Locations

Weill Cornell Medical College

New York, NY

Address

1305 York Avenue, 4th floor, New York, NY
Directions

Fax

6469620110

About

Bio

Michel Kahaleh, MD, AGAF, FACG, FASGE is the Chief of Endoscopy at Weill Cornell Medical College. Trained in Erasme Hospital, University of Brussels, he led the Pancreatico-Biliary team of endoscopists at the University of Virginia before joining Well Cornell Medical College in July 2011. He is a world renowned endoscopist boarded in both Europe and the United States. He is fluent is French, Spanish and Arabic. The adjunct use of both Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS) has permitted him and his team to successfully treat pancreatic collections and perform newly described procedures that have had a major impact on patient management. With over 100 publications, Dr. Kahaleh's research has primarily focused on interventional endoscopy.

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Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

Languages spoken

Arabic, Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

94 Answers
1 Agree
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis: It could , although it is unusual, you should consult a pancreas doctor and a neurologist if needed.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreas: It is possible. Did you have amylase lipase checked. If not i recommend you to see a pancreas doctor.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : Pancreatitis can give you multiple organs failure leading to the need to be on a ventilator. However those fistula in the throat need to be addressed ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : No , however i recommend you to see a pain doctor to monitor your use of pain medications.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : She need to see a pancreas expert to have repeat cross sectional imaging and make sure she didn't develop a worse disease. This will allow to determin... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : You should see a pancreas doctor , as soon as possible . Go to er if you are really sick , this can be serious.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
ERCP: Ercp allows to take sample via brushing and biopsies. It is pretty accurate, however this should be combined with other imaging techniques, such as ct... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : It depend the etiology of pancreatitis , you should see an expert in pancreas who will proceed with tests and determine best approach.
A member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis pain: If you have chronic pancreatitis and pain not responding to strong pain medication, i highly recommend you to be evaluated in the er.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Stone: I would recommend an expert in ercp. This expert should be able to offer that endoscopic procedure to access the bile duct combined with laser or oth... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Alternative: The short answer is no, therefore consulting with a pancreas expert is crucial.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Cholangiocarcinoma: Recurrent infection, jaundice , liver failure and spread.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pain: Pain in the belly radiating to the back.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Cholangiocarcinoma: It can be very dangerous and lethal. You need to consult with an oncologist and a bile duct expert.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Paim: You need to see a pancreas export who will determine if the pain is related to the pancreas, based on the symptoms and imaging , treatment will be dif... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : Yes, malfunctioning thyroid can increase lipid which can in turn lead to pancreatitis. You need to see a pancreas expert.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Cyst: You need to see a pancreas doctor who will order labs and imaging such as MRI or ct. He will then decide the next step which could be eus to sample th... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Drug : It is a case by case situation, you won't necessarily develope pancreatitis, consult with your doctor.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Symptoms : All these have manifestation similar but also different. Pain is typically seen in pancreatitis.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Fistula : That will be very unusual . Typically fistula related to pancreas are located higher.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : Eat a low fat and low protein diet and keep hydrated, however you shoul see a pancreas doctor.
A member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Chronic pancreatitis: It depend , you might benefit initially from endoscopic treatment with stent placement in your pancreatic duct. Your images need to be reviewed by a p... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis MRI : Sometimes mri-mrcp can give excellent information about the pancreatic function by assessing the amount of secretion produced by the pancreas.
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Losec (omeprazole): It depend first of you should stop it. What is the reason to take the medication? When did you start it ? What happen when you stop it ?
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : If you have recurrent episodes of pancreatitis, then you need ercp. It is crucial that you select somebody skilled in pancreas diseases management and... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : Yes it can , you need to see a pancreas doctor.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : Typically those diseases are unrelated , you should see an expert gastroenterologist.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pain: Yes, it can, however other etiology must be ruled out such as ulcer. Please see a gastroenterologist.
A member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pregnant : It depend, chronic pancreatitis is associated with slow emptying of stomach . Please consult with a pancreas doctor.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis: No necessarily, this could still be recurrent acute pancreatitis. You need to have specific labs and imaging. You should be seeing a pancreas expert.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : She need to see a pancreas expert who will repeat labs and imaging and decide if enteral feeding or other intervention are required.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : Yes both diseases can be seen with auto-immune disorders.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Ercp: It is an endoscopic procedure where a small catheter is inserted in your bile duct or pancreatic duct to diagnosed or treat , stones , strictures or b... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Gallbladder : Sand is sludge or very tiny stone. They can cause pancreas , biliary and gallbladder issue. In some cases when symptoms are present, a cholecystectomy... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreas and ICT: Yes, it is however diabetes is an exclusion criteria. Also it is recommended to discuss with a pancreas expert to make sure there is enough parenchyma... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Lipase: The inflamed pancreas is liberating amylase and lipase in the blood flow. However you need to see a pancreas expert who will order more blood test and... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : It depend which etiology we are dealing with. If it is related to stone disease for instance this can dealt with ERCP and stone extraction, if it is ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pain: No specific pain medication relieve pancreatitis pain. Treating the etiology of pancreatitis and preventing further deterioration is crucial.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis : Yes, there are called "idiopathic" however in most cases, a pancreas expert is able to identify the cause of pancreatitis.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Cholangiocarcinoma : Clear margin , negative lymph nodes in the sample.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreatitis: Low fat and low protein diet.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Lipase: The inflamed pancreas is liberating it in the blood flow.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Endoscopic ultrasoun: It is a great test to look at the pancreas and take sample of any area which is abnormal. You need to request a pancreas expert for that procedure.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Pancreas: It could be dangerous, especially if severe, you should see a pancreas expert.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Chronic pancreatitis: Yes it can if it is detected early enough. You need to see a pancreas expert.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Cholangiocarcinoma: Yes, bile duct cancer.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Cholangiocarcinoma: Typically chemotherapy , biliary drainage with ERCP and some centers such as ours offer photodynamic therapy . Radiotherapy can also be offered. We re... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Cholangiocarcinoma: Typically with imaging eventually followed by tissue sampling , ERCP or eus.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michel Kahaleh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 28 years experience
ERCP: To drain the bile duct or the pancreatic duct, to extract stone and to obtain tissue sample. Make sure you consult with an expert in the field, perfo... Read More

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May 27, 2013
Dr Kahaleh is providing an excellent public service on healthtap. He is clearly an expert in internal medicine & gastroenterology. I recommend Dr Kahaleh.
Mar 10, 2013
Well qualified to handle your Gi needs!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kahaleh is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Rm mates' sister(diabetic on pills&insulin), doing rec drugs, & hard liq just landed in icu.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Cked in er all normal saw Gastro dr. Did endo it's an ulcer c gastritis & duodenitis thanks!
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Glad to know scopes can be inserted into ducts. I have a stone blocking one in my gallbladder. janetlondagin@yahoo.com

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Free University of Brussels Faculty of Medicine, Belgium
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS HOSPITAL

Awards

FACG, FASGE, AGAF
Top Gastroenterologist , Second Place, New York - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

New York Presbyterian
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