Jefferson University Hospitals

Gastroenterology/Hepatology

Steps to getting a Remote Medical Second Opinion Consultation

Step 1   If you would like to receive a second opinion from Dr. Fenkel, please call 215-955-8900 to submit the request. A Jefferson representative will review your eligibility, provide you with the required forms and assist you through the process.

Step 2   Your local treating physician must provide a written request for a medical second opinion consultation from Dr. Fenkel. After the required forms are completed, you will mail us copies of your pertinent medical records and diagnostic test results. A fee will be charged to a credit card prior to the records being reviewed.

Step 3   A Jefferson representative will contact you to set up the telephone or video discussion. A formal report containing Dr. Fenkel’s assessment and recommendation(s) will be mailed or faxed to you and your local physician.

Our Doctors

Jonathan M. Fenkel, MD, FACP

Dr. Jonathan M. Fenkel is a board-certified transplant hepatologist and gastroenterologist in the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Fenkel has a professional interest in diseases of the liver, including viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver transplantation. He is the founder and Director of the Jefferson Hepatitis C Center and the Associate Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program at Jefferson.

Dr. Fenkel is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland and fellowships in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Conditions Treated

Hepatitis C

Approximately 3.2 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C. The virus, which is primarily transmitted through contact with infected blood, attacks the liver and can cause cirrhosis and/or liver cancer when left untreated. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C.

Unfortunately, many people have no symptoms from infection and don't know they are infected until they develop signs of advanced liver disease. Because hepatitis C becomes chronic in more than 80 percent of cases, it is important to seek treatment from specialists who understand the condition and can work with you and your loved ones to establish the most appropriate treatment plan.

At the Jefferson Hepatitis C Center in Philadelphia, our expert hepatologists, pathologists, radiologists and other specialists will provide a coordinated approach to the management of your hepatitis C or coinfection of hepatitis C with hepatitis B and/or HIV.