Ernest F. Ribera, M.D. Burlingame Gastroenterology and Hepatology


Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Peninsula, Burlingame, CA


About Hepatology

The team at Ernest F. Ribera, M.D. - Burlingame Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Burlingame, California, understands the critical role your liver plays in maintaining overall health. Their specialized hepatology services are designed to diagnose, treat, and manage liver diseases and biliary tract conditions with the utmost care and expertise. Whether you're experiencing symptoms or seeking a specialized opinion, Ernest F. Ribera, M.D. - Burlingame Gastroenterology and Hepatology is here to help. Call the office or request an appointment online today. 

Hepatology Q&A

What is hepatology?

Hepatology is the field of medicine that focuses on liver diseases and conditions impacting the biliary tract. A hepatologist, or liver doctor, specializes in diagnosing and treating liver-related disorders. This includes understanding the entire biliary system, which means they also address bile duct conditions. Some hepatologists further specialize in end-stage liver disease and liver transplantation.

How is hepatology different from gastroenterology?

Hepatology is a subspecialty within gastroenterology, concentrating specifically on liver diseases. While all hepatologists are gastroenterologists, not all gastroenterologists pursue the specialized training required to become hepatologists. Gastroenterologists handle diseases of the entire digestive system, including the liver, but hepatologists have a focused expertise in liver health.

Why would my doctor refer me to a hepatologist?

Your primary care physician might refer you to a hepatologist if they suspect liver disease, often indicated by abnormal liver function test results in a blood panel. Additionally, a gastroenterologist treating you for liver issues may recommend a hepatologist for more specialized care if your condition necessitates it.

What conditions does a hepatologist treat?

A hepatologist diagnoses and treats a wide range of liver and biliary tract conditions, including:

Liver Diseases:

  • Viral hepatitis (B or C)
  • Alcohol-induced hepatitis and steatohepatitis
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Toxic hepatitis
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Acute or chronic liver failure
  • Primary liver cancer

Biliary Tract Diseases:

  • Cholestasis
  • Biliary stricture
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Primary biliary cholangitis
  • Bile duct cancer

The liver is essential to overall health, influencing many bodily functions. Because liver disease can impact various organs and systems, treating it requires comprehensive and specialized knowledge. Hepatologists undergo extensive training to manage these complexities, often making significant differences in patient outcomes.

For expert hepatology care in Burlingame, California, contact Ernest F. Ribera, M.D. Burlingame Gastroenterology and Hepatology to schedule an appointment.