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Specialist in Advanced Endoscopy Joins Albany Med Staff
   December 13, 2006


ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2006 — Vinay Sood, D.O., has joined the staff of the division of gastroenterology at Albany Medical Center and has been named director of advanced endoscopy. He also has been named assistant professor of medicine at Albany Medical College.  

Dr. Sood, a specialist in pancreaticobiliary disease (conditions affecting the pancreas, bile duct, and gallbladder), is one of only two physicians in the area who perform endoscopic ultrasound, a procedure that combines the use of an endoscope and ultrasound to obtain images of the digestive tract and surrounding organs.  

In addition, Dr. Sood performs another advanced GI technique known as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which combines the use of an endoscope and fluoroscopy. This procedure is useful in diagnosing and treating conditions such as cancer, stones, and inflammation in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. 

Dr. Sood recently completed a three-year GI fellowship at Albany Med. Before that, he completed residency training in internal medicine at Albany Med. 

Dr. Sood earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY, in 2000. He also holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. His undergraduate degree in biology and economics was completed at Binghamton University. 

In addition to performing advanced endoscopy procedures, Dr. Sood sees patients with a wide range of GI problems including gastroesophogael reflux disease (GERD), liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and GI cancer. He also performs routine upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy.

Dr. Sood resides in the Capital Region with his wife, Shannon Comley-Sood, D.O., and two sons. 

Albany Medical Center consists of one of the state's largest teaching hospitals, Albany Medical Center Hospital, and one of the nation's oldest medical schools, Albany Medical College.



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