Saad Haque, MD
Board Certified in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Internal Medicine
Dr. Saad A. Haque is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hepatology and Gastroenterology. He did his residency in internal medicine at The Graduate Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, then completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Cooper University Hospital. While there, he received specialized training in Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a procedure used to identify and correct problems in the bile ducts and pancreas.
He continues to pursue advanced training and is certified to perform several key diagnostic and theraputic procedures, including Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and Fecal Microbiatia Transplant (FMT), both of which he performs at the Calvert Endoscopy Center here in Calvert. "Technology is opening the door to incredible advancements in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal diseases. It is very important to me to be able to offer these procedures and techniques to my patients here in Calvert and not make them go to Baltimore or DC."
EUS is used to identify sources of gastrointestinal distress and determine the stage of a gastrointestinal cancer. The procedure also allows for a number of therapeutic techniques to be performed, including the removal of tissue for further examination or lab testing, the injection of medication directly into an affected area, a fine needle to be used to extract tissue for biopsy, even the insertion of stents into cysts or ducts.
FMT has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for the newer strains of antibiotic-resistant infections, including and especially recurrent Clostridium difficile (C diff). It was recently approved by the FDA for this purpose and Dr. Haque is one of just a few doctors in Maryland certified to perform the technique. Basically, FMT implants good bacteria into the digestive tract so that the body can more naturally restore bacterial balance and fight off C Diff, a painful and debilitating condition that causes severe abdominal cramping, recurrent diarrhea, fever and sometimes death.
Dr. Haque came to Calvert County to continue his work treating a wide range of GI disorders rather than limit his exposure to a small set of routine procedures which is often the case in more urban medical facilities. He specializes in colon cancer screening and polyp removal and is specially trained in Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), a technique used to remove large colon polyps non-surgically. He was one of the first physicians in the country to be trained and is unique in Southern Maryland in being able to perform the technique. In addition to patients who come to him directly, Dr. Haque regularly receives referrals from local gastroenterologists for these difficult-to- treat colon polyps.
“Non- or minimally-invasive techniques such as endoscopy often have a better outcome than surgical procedures. They are easier on the patient, allow for quicker recovery and less scarring while providing excellent diagnostic and curative capabilities. I feel it is important for me to excel in as many of them as possible.” In addition to ERCP, EMR, EUS and FMT, Dr. Haque regularly performs EDG, also known as upper endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, trans-nasal endoscopy and, of course, screening colonscopy, all at the Calvert Endoscopy Center on the hosptial campus. In addition, he performs in-office hemorrhoid banding, a procedure he helped pioneer.