Dr. Juliana Yang is an Assistant Professor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Division of Gastroenterology. She completed medical school and internal medicine training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. After her GI fellowship, she completed a two-year fellowship in advanced and therapeutic endoscopy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is trained in endoscopic procedures including ERCP, diagnostic and therapeutic EUS, endoscopic mucosal resection, enteral stenting, and a wide range of other advanced GI procedures.
Dr. Yang has special training and interest in weight loss therapies and is excited to be able to offer these therapies to patients. Procedures performed include endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) and transoral outlet reduction (TORe), as well as other emerging therapies in bariatric and therapeutic endoscopy.
Dr. Yang also has special training in per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure is a minimally invasive endoscopic technique used to treat patients suffering from swallowing disorders such as achalasia. The E-POEM procedure utilizes the creation of a tunnel in the lining of the esophagus that allows a flexible endoscope to safely transact the muscle sphincter causing the difficulty swallowing in a controlled fashion. More recently, this technique has been adapted to the treatment of gastroparesis called the G-POEM (Gastric Per-oral endoscopic myotomy). This procedure also starts with creation of a tunnel followed by controlled transaction of the muscle sphincter at the end of the stomach (pylorus). This allows for improved gastric emptying in those with gastroparesis.
Dr. Yang is fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin). She has spoken at multiple national and international conferences and has authored more the 30 publications published in peer-reviewed journals.