A hepatologist is a physician who specialises in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that affect the liver, biliary tree, gallbladder, and pancreas. As a large part of the field of hepatology focuses on the treatment of liver diseases, most hepatologists can be found in liver clinics or work in the hepatology department of major hospitals.
Patients who are looking for high quality and innovative care should consider travelling to Southeast Asia, which has successfully built a solid reputation as a medical tourism hub. Competing alongside western countries, Southeast Asia’s Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia are now known as some of the best medical tourism destinations in the world where the best doctors and specialists converge to provide medical travellers the best quality of care possible.
Part of Southeast Asia’s roster of highly respectable and reputed doctors is its world-class hepatologists. To stay competitive in the field of medical tourism, hepatologists in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia strive to provide only the best quality of medical care to their foreign patients. To do so, they seek international training and experience to familiarise themselves with the emerging technologies in their field of expertise. They also continuously train to master the most advanced innovative treatments introduced in many parts of the world. Because of this, many hepatologists in Southeast Asia are now known for providing focused treatments for conditions that were once considered untreatable. These include hepatitis B and C as well as liver diseases including liver cancer.
Southeast Asian hospitals, particularly those that are accredited and certified by trusted global organisations such as the Joint Commission International (JCI), are the first to be given access to cutting-edge liver therapies from abroad. This gives hepatologists in the region a major advantage over their counterparts in other countries. Patients who consult the region’s hepatologists can now benefit from more advanced liver disease testing and liver transplantation procedures.
To further improve patient outcomes, these specialists are encouraged to focus on breakthrough treatments, such as minimally invasive or laparoscopic procedures that shorten recovery times and reduce the risk of complications.