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Dr. Bahri Bilir

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Arapahoe Gastroenterology - Staff
www.arapahoegi.com, 7 Mar 2009 [cached]
Bahri Bilir, MD, FACP Bahri Bilir, MD, FACP is originally from Turkey. Dr. Bahri Bilir immigrated to the United States in 1985. He finished his Internal Medicine training at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He completed his Gastroenterology subspecialty training at the University of Michigan, staying on as a member of the faculty for one year. In 1993, he was recruited to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center as an Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology. He was also the associate director of Liver transplantation. He was selected to be a member of the American Association for the study of Liver Disease, received many awards including Fellowship and the Young Investigators awards from the American Liver Foundation and AASLD. He has many publications, including original articles, reviews, and chapters in the area of Liver Disease management. He was the founder of the first Liver Cell bank in the world. He joined Arapahoe Gastroenterology in 1998 and is currently the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Porter Adventist Hospital. Dr. Bilir continues to give lectures on Liver Disease and Hepatitis C, while continuing to publish articles on innovative approaches to treat complications of Liver Disease. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Portfolio NewsletterJuly
www.portertransplant.org, 3 Oct 2000 [cached]
Bahri Bilir, MD, Hepatology Medical Director for Porter Transplant Service
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Congratulations to Bahri Bilir, MD! In June, Dr. Bilir, Hepatology Medical Director for Porter Transplant Service, passed his citizenship test with flying red, white and blue colors! Dr. Bilir was formally a citizen of Turkey.
Dr. Bilir joined Porter Transplant Service in June 1998.Since his arrival, Porter's liver transplant program has grown with both pretransplant and posttransplant patients.He also spearheaded the nationwide Hepatitis C telemedicine conference hosted at Porter Adventist Hospital on July 16, 1999.
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Dr. Bilir interviewed during ...
www.centuranews.org, 5 Sept 2008 [cached]
Dr. Bilir interviewed during National Stand-Up to Cancer Week KMGH-TV Channel 7 , 9/2/08 Dr. Bahri Bilir of Porter Adventist Hospital appeared live on Channel 7 to discuss liver cancer during National Stand-Up to Cancer Week. Dr. Bilir is a gastronenterrologist. He said hepatoma liver cancer is becoming more common, and spoke about hepatitis B and C, liver diseases, and genetic-related liver diseases. He said cutting alcohol reduces liver cancer risk, and described treatments for liver cancers including liver transplants, radiation therapy, burning and freezing tumors and resection.
JCW's E/C STORY
www.jcw55.com, 26 Feb 2006 [cached]
So my family doctor here in Littleton (Dr. Raymond Rupel) decided I should have a complete upper and lower GI series and referred me to a gastroenterologist (Dr. Bahri Bilir with Arapahoe Gastroenterology) to perform a complete colonoscopy (an endoscopic examination of the interior of the rectum and colon) as well as an EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy - an endoscopic examination of the interior of the esophagus, stomach and initial portion of the duodenum, done by passing a lighted tube down your throat with a small camera on the end to see what's going on and to be able to perform a tissue biopsy).
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However, there are three very special folks I want to thank by name: Dr. Myles Guber, Dr. Bahri Bilir and Richard Lee R.N.
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In August, I had another EGD done by Dr. Bahri Bilir because I had some concerns with a "feeling" I was having down in my throat for a few months.During this procedure, he did find a "nodule" in my remaining esophagus and went ahead and removed it for biopsy and also took biopsies of several other areas of the esophagus just for "precautions sake".After the procedure, he was very positive in his reinforcing his belief that there would not be any problem and that he felt sure that it was not cancerous at all.He said that he was pretty sure that it was scar tissue from the previous 2 surgeries back in 2002.
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www.iiam.org, 1 April 1998 [cached]
Dr. Bahri Bilir, assistant professor of hepatology at the University's medical school in Denver, is working on a process to inject healthy liver cells from human donors into the spleens of patients suffering from late stage liver disease.In clinical trials at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dr. Bilir's hepatocyte technique has shown promise for patients suffering from acute and chronic liver failure.
The implications of Dr. Bilir's work are astounding.
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According to Dr. Bilir, hepatocyte transplants may help slow the rapid decline of patients with chronic liver disease by providing the "missing ‘critical mass' of liver to cover metabolic needs and prevent multi-system organ failure and brain edema while allowing time for the native liver to regenerate."
The new technique may, says Dr. Bilir, provide time for recovery in patients who have enough liver cells left to regenerate function on their own, or act as a bridge to liver transplantation for patients awaiting donor organs.
"We believe that patients with chronic liver disease can definitely benefit by augmentation of their liver function," Dr. Bilir has said."This situation could be exceptionally helpful in trying to cut down on the hospitalization of patients and hopefully increase the survival of patients who are waiting on the liver transplant list."
The concept of hepatocyte transplantation has been around for over 20 years and has had more than 200 scientific publications devoted to it.Work with animals had shown that liver cells could be transplanted into many body sites including the spleen, liver, fat tissue and kidneys.Yet technical challenges had made human clinical trials impractical until recently.The transplantation method is rather simple, says Dr. Bilir.The principle hurdle has been the availability of liver cells.
Since a large number of liver cells are needed for each patient treated with the University of Colorado technique, a specialized tissue bank that had the expertise to isolate and cryopreserve the cells was necessary.Dr. Bilir turned to IIAM as the only tissue bank with that capability of providing support and appropriate procedures to find donations for the program.
Bilir Work Gaining Recognition
Dr. Bahri Bilir is starting to get a lot of attention for his revolutionary technique of transplanting liver cells from human donors into the spleens of patients suffering from liver failure.
In June, 1996, the Denver Post ran a story on Dr. Bilir's program.The story focused on the fate of a patient who had been waiting for a liver transplant for 13 months.The 44-year-old is typical of the thousands of transplant candidates across the country who are waiting for too few livers.According to the newspaper, this patient might become a candidate for the University of Colorado cell transplant program.
CBS Morning News also featured Dr. Bilir and his work in April, 1997.In a health segment on the program, Dr. Bilir was interviewed about his work and its potential to save thousands of lives.
The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) gave Dr. Bilir its 1997 Research Workshop Young Investigator Award at the organization's annual meeting in Chicago in November, 1997.
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Donated human cells processed by the IIAM Human Cell Biology will also be used develop new medical procedures like the one being pioneered by Dr. Bahri Bilir at the University of Colorado where liver cells from IIAM are being transplanted into the spleens of patients with late stage liver disease.
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