Biography & Education

Specialties
  • Gastroenterology
  • Interventional Gastroenterology
  • Pancreatobiliary Diseases
Education Background
Medical School: Middlebury College
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, University of Utah, Advanced Endoscopy, Columbia Presbyterian, New York, NY
Languages
  • English

Care Locations

1221 Madison St.
Suite 1220
Seattle, WA 98104
Fax 206-215-4252
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Medicaid

Publications

Blog

Choosing a Specialty Center for Colonoscopy and Complex Polypectomy Instead of Surgery for Large Colon Polyps

March 20, 2015
It is widely known that colonoscopy not only detects colon cancers but enables the removal of pre-cancerous polyps. Large polyps are sometimes detected during a colonoscopy that the physician feels are too large to safely remove by standard polypectomy techniques. Many patients with large benign polyps are sent for surgery because their physicians feel they cannot remove them through the colonoscope. 

Preventing progression of Barrett's esophagus to cancer without surgery

February 22, 2013

Many people wonder what the treatment for Barrett's Esophagus (BE) is. Treatment for BE without dysplasia consists primarily of controlling esophageal acid exposure, usually with once a day proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications like omeprazole (Prilosec®). Occasionally, twice a day dosing or even anti-reflux surgery may be necessary to completely control acid reflux. Unfortunately, suppressing acid does not usually cause the Barrett’s tissue to regress or even prevent it from progressing to cancer.

If dysplasia is found on any biopsies, treatment recommendations change:

  • Low-grade dysplasia: Close surveillance with endoscopy every 6-12 months or ablation.
  • High-grade dysplasia: Endoscopic therapy to destroy Barrett’s tissue or surgery.
  • Early cancer<...

Barrett�s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer: The dark side of the acid reflux epidemic

February 04, 2013

Heartburn (which was once considered an annoying result of over-eating) has matured into a full-blown medical condition better known as gastro-esophageal reflux or GERD.

GERD, or the sensation of acid or other gastric fluids washing up into the chest or mouth, affects as many as 1 in 5 adults in the US on a monthly basis with up to 6% experiencing symptoms 2 or more times per week. Estimates suggest that about 5% of those who suffer from reflux will develop a potentially pre-malignant condition called Barrett’s esophagus (BE). Named after the British thoracic surgeon who erroneously suggested the condition resulted from a congenitally short esophagus, BE is characterized by “specialized intestinal lining” replacing normal squamous epithelium (ie, wet skin, like the lining of the mouth) in the lower esophagus in response to long-term, repetitive expos...

Specialties

Specialties
  • Gastroenterology
  • Interventional Gastroenterology
  • Pancreatobiliary Diseases
Clinical Interests
  • Celiac Sprue Disease
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Familial Colon Cancer
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Gastro-Esophageal Reflux
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • GI Stents
  • Pancreatic Cancer DX
  • Pancreatitis
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Stenting

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.8 out of 5 (50 Ratings, 7 Comments)

90

06/01/2015
Good experience.
Swedish Patient
100

04/15/2015
Dr. Schembre is wonderful.
Swedish Patient
100

01/15/2015
I would recommend the doctor to anyone any where at any time.
Swedish Patient
 

10/14/2014
Dr. gave me all the time I needed - rare.
Swedish Patient
100

10/06/2014
For gastroenterology, he is the only one I would ever recommend.
Swedish Patient
100

10/03/2014
Dr Schembre is a very professional, knowledgeable, doctor with an interesting sense of humor and a good bedside manner. I trust him with the treatment plan he has provided so far. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Swedish Patient
100

09/18/2014
I felt very good.
Swedish Patient