A new technology to explore the lower intestine

When Joan Clarke needed single balloon enteroscopy to diagnose the bleeding in her small bowel, she and her husband Larry discovered that the procedure, which is the standard of care across Canada, was not available in British Columbia.

In response to this need, the Vancouver couple donated $75,000 to the Faculty of Medicine to purchase a single balloon enteroscope to enhance both gastroenterology care and research in their home province.

“The Clarkes’ gift provides opportunities in treatment and clinical research at UBC where none existed before,” says Eric Yoshida, Professor and Head, Division of Gastroenterology. “We expect to do 20 single balloon procedures each year, which facilitates therapeutic intervention and may reduce the need for surgery.”

With your support, we can improve the effectiveness, availability, and accessibility of healthcare. To support gastroenterology research, please contact:

Stephanie Huehn
Associate Director, Development
Tel: 604.218.0275