1. Frank (Francis) G. Gress, MD

    • Department of Medicine
      Division of Digestive & Liver Diseases

    Dr. Gress is one of the pre-eminent endoscopists in the country, known for his expertise in ERCP and EUS as well as thermal ablation for Barrett's esophagus. He has made important advances in endoscopy training, pioneered new endoscopic techniques, and is widely regarded for his broad clinical expertise in the management of the most challenging and complex digestive and endoscopic conditions. Dr. Gress will build upon our great tradition of innovation in digestive care and further develop our endoscopy program, now the largest and most distinguished in the New York region, performing over 12,000 procedures annually.

    As chief of our internationally recognized Therapeutic Endoscopy Program, Dr. Gress plans to streamline the referral process, provide same-day appointments for office visits and procedures and prompt response to our referring physicians. The endoscopy program offers the latest advancements and highest quality GI treatment, which applies a multidisciplinary team approach and has access to clinical trials offered only at the nation's leading medical centers. Dr. Gress previously served as Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn.

    He also served as Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University and Director of its Endoscopic Research Program. While at Duke, Dr. Gress was a clinical faculty member of the Pancreatobiliary Service and The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Duke University Medical Center. He also served as Clinical Chief for the Gastroenterology Section at the Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Gress completed his medical school training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, and a gastroenterology fellowship at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and Methodist Hospital.

    He was subsequently awarded the prestigious American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Advanced Endoscopy Scholarship, which supported further training at Indiana University Medical Center, where he joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Endoscopic Ultrasound. Dr. Gress also has served as Director of Endoscopy and Chief of Endoscopy Services at Winthrop University Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of the State University of New York and Stony Brook University Hospital.

    Dr. Gress has published more than 60 articles on original research and contributed to textbooks on clinical gastroenterology, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, advanced endoscopy, training simulators for endoscopy, and the clinical applications of EUS. He is also the co-author of several textbooks: Endoscopic Ultrasonography, a popular teaching text for EUS, The Atlas of Endoscopic Ultrasonography, and Curbside Consultation of the Pancreas.

    Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

    • Drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts, fluid collections, necrosectomy
    • EUS fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy
    • Endoscopic mucosal resection of early esophageal, gastric, ampullary and rectal lesions 
    • Celiac plexus block for palliation of malignant/Benign pancreatic pain
    • Stents for palliation of esophageal, gastro-duodenal, and colorectal cancer
    • Biliary and pancreatic access/rendezvous

    Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

    • Sphincter of Oddi manometry
    • Pancreatic and biliary sphincterotomy
    • Tissue sampling of benign and malignant strictures
    • Balloon dilation and stenting of biliary strictures after liver transplant
    • Pancreatic, biliary plastic and self-expandable metal stents
    • RFA/PDT for malignant biliary strictures
    • CBD and pancreatic Stone extraction, Mechanical and electrohydraulic lithotripsy
    • Cholangioscopy and pancreatoscopy

    Thermal ablation of Barrett's Esophagus

    • RFA/Barrx therapy
    • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
    • Cryotherapy

    Honors and Awards

    • Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology 1997
    • Fellow, American College of Physicians 1997
    • Fellow, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)  
    • Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) 2008
    Professional Honors
    • “Advanced Endoscopic Training Scholarship” Award by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 1993
    Recent Committee Memberships and Professional Societies
    • American College of Gastroenterology
    • American College of Physicians
    • American Gastroenterology Association
    • American Medical Association
    • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
    • Long Island Gastrointestinal Association
    • New York Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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    Provider Information

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    One of America's Top Doctors.

    Board Certifications

    • Gastroenterology

    Clinical Expertise

    • Cancer Care
    • Pancreatitis
    • Pancreatic Tract Disorders
    • Pancreatic Disease
    • Pancreatic Cyst
    • Pancreatic Cancer
    • Pancreas Cancer
    • Pancreas and Spleen Surgery
    • Gall Stone Pancreatitis
    • ERCP With Stent Insertion into Bile Duct
    • ERCP with Spincterotomy
    • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
    • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
    • Endocrine Tumor
    • Diagnostic ERCP
    • Cryotherapy
    • Biliary Stenting
    • Barrett Esophagus
    • Gastroenterology

    Hospital Affiliations

    • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
    • NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

    Primary Location

    • Herbert Irving Pavilion

      161 Fort Washington Avenue
      Floor: 8, Room: 852A
      New York, NY 10032
      For new and current patient appointments, call:
      (212) 342-1546
      (212) 305-1081

    Insurance Programs

    Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.
    • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
    • Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
    • Amida Care
    • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
    • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
    • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
    • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
    • Local 1199
    • MagnaCare
    • Multiplan
    • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
    • POMCO
    • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
    • VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]

    Biographical Detail

    Academic Appointments

    • Professor of Medicine at CUMC

    Current Administrative Positions

    • Chief, Division of Digestive Diseases

    Education And Training

      Education & Training

    • MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    • Internship: New York Hospital Queens
    • Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
    • Fellowship: The Brooklyn Hospital Center


    • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
    • High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
    • Acute and chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer
    • Endoscopy training simulators
    • New endoscopic technology for treating pancreatic cancer
    • Developmental endoscopy
    • Ablation therapy for Barrett’s and early esophageal cancer
    • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) of ampullary lesions

    Research Information



      Mar 12 2015 - Mar 12 2020

  2. publications

    Koezka CP, Hindy P, Goodman A, Gress F F. Strongyloidiasis: A diagnosis more common than we think. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 Jul; 24(7):860-2.

    Hindy P, Parvin R, Hanna K, Andrawes S, Gress F F, Goodman A. An isolated neurofibromal polyp of the colon. Case Rep Gastoenterol. 2012 Jan; 6(1):58-62.

    Hindy P, Parvin R, Hanna K, Gress F F. Strongyloidiasis presenting as duodenal obstruction in a patient infected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1. Gastrointest Edosc. 2011 Aug; 74(2):439-41.

    Nguyen KD, Blain SW, Gress F F, Treem WR. Inflammatory Mediators of Esophagitis Alter p27 Kip1 Expression in Esophageal Epithelial Cells. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Nov; 51(5):556-62.

    Nayar DS, Guthrie WG, Goodman A, Lee Y, Feuerman M, Scheinberg L, Gress F F. Comparison of propofol deep sedation versus moderate sedation during endosonography. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Sep; 55(9):2537-44.

    Reviews, Chapters and Editorials

    Azarm A, Lukolic I, Shukla M, Concha-Parra R, Gress F F. Endoscopic Management of Barrett’s Esophagus: advances in Endoscopic Techniques. Dig Dis Sci. 2012 Sep; (4).

    Goodman A, Gress F F. Invited Review: The endoscopic management of pain in chronic pancreatitis. Gastroenterol Res Pract., 2012. Mar; 5.

    Goodman A, Gress F F. Invited Editorial: Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Enthanol Therapy for Pancreatic Cyst Ablation – Not ready for Prime Time? Gastrointest Endosc, 2010. Oct; 72(4): 867-869.

    Gress F F. Endoscopic Management of Barrett’s Esophagus. Clinical Update, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2009; Vol. 16, No. 3.

    Gress F F. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided celiac plexus neurolysis. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2007 Apr; 3(4):279-81

    For a complete list of publications, please visit PubMed.gov