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Ileostomy Surgery Expert Relocates International Ileostomy Surgery Practice to Los Angeles-based Olympia Medical Center


LOS ANGELES, CA - April 23, 2008 – Ileostomy surgery expert Don J. Schiller, MD, has established a new center of operations for his ileostomy surgery practice focused on the needs of men and women who have problems wearing a bag or external appliance or who have experienced a poor outcome from an alternate medical procedure such as ileoanal J pouch or Kock pouch.

The new Continent Ostomy Center is located within the Olympia Medical Center in west Los Angeles. Olympia Medical Center is a private, acute care, 204-bed hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. The medical center has been serving the community for 50 years.

“Only a handful of U.S. physicians perform this highly specialized type of ileostomy surgery,” said Dr. John Calderone, CEO of Olympia Medical Center. “And Dr. Schiller has been performing it continuously, longer than anyone.”

Calderone said Schiller’s ileostomy surgery practice extends well beyond the southern California region. “Dr. Schiller has a national and international presence. He performs BCIR ileostomy surgery on patients from all points of the globe.”

Schiller’s specialty is performing BCIR ileostomy surgery. BCIR is an abbreviation for Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir, named for the American surgeon who modified the original Kock Pouch procedure more than 25 years ago. “With this type of ileostomy surgery,” says Schiller, “a self-sealing internal pouch is created that temporarily stores waste without having to wear a bag or other external appliance. Insurance approval for BCIR ileostomy surgery is typical and the procedure is approved by Medicare,” he says.

Calderone says most hospitalized surgery patients are treated with a vertical care model. “A diseased organ is removed or repaired and the patient recovers with no need to see the surgeon again. In Dr. Schiller’s case, BCIR ileostomy surgery patients receive longitudinal care. Dr. Schiller is available long after their discharge from our hospital. They know he is literally a phone call away.” Calderone says he is proud Schiller chose Olympia Medical Center for his work. “In return, we have assembled an extraordinarily-trained staff to assist him with his patients.”

Schiller says between 500,000 and one million Americans have ulcerative colitis, and from ten to 50 percent will require complete removal of their large intestine (colon and rectum) to cure the disease. “The peak incidence of ulcerative colitis occurs in people between the ages of 15 and 25. With familial polyposis, three people per 100,000 population are afflicted,” says Schiller. “The condition leads to hundreds and thousands of polyps in the large intestine during teenage years. Inevitably,” he says, “removal of the colon and the rectum is required to prevent colon cancer from occurring at a young age. BCIR ileostomy surgery gives them back control over the discharge of intestinal waste.”

For more information about Dr. Don J. Schiller and BCIR ileostomy surgery and his new location at Olympia Medical Center, call Dr. Schiller at (310) 204-4565 or call his program coordinator, Tillie Huber, RN, at 800-677-5252. See the website at

About Dr. Schiller –
Don J. Schiller, MD, FACS, is a leading authority on BCIR ileostomy surgery. He has operated on hundreds of ileostomy patients including nearly twenty years performing the Continent Intestinal Reservoir ileostomy surgery procedure. He received his Medical Degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. After two years of post-graduate training at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, he completed four additional years of Surgery Residency at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Schiller is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Focus: Ileostomy surgery, Los Angeles ileostomy surgery, Ileostomy surgeon, BCIR, ileoanal J pouch, Kock pouch, ulcerative colitis, familial polyposis


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