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Published on December 15, 2015

Dr. Howard Hack Joins Altru’s Gastroenterology Team

Grand Forks, N.D - Howard Hack, MD, joins the gastroenterology team at Altru Health System.  “I understand the importance of listening to my patients, examining them with thoughtfulness and then using state of the art knowledge and treatments to provide the very best medical care,” says Dr. Hack about his philosophy of medicine. 

Dr. Hack earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California and his medical residency at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.  Prior to Altru, Dr. Hack worked in private practice in Paradise, California.  “I found the pursuit of medicine has been a perfect match from my lifelong passion for learning and helping others.  I enjoy learning about different problems, as well as new approaches to diagnosis and treatment.  I especially enjoy the privilege of teaching others the art of medicine so more people will benefit from this knowledge.” Dr. Hack has also taught medical students, internal medicine residents and GI fellows at Stanford University, and his work has been published in Lancet (London, UK) on H. pylori infection and cost effectiveness research. Dr. Hack’s many years of experience and expertise in gastroenterology makes him an excellent addition to Altru Health System. 

In his spare time, Dr. Hack enjoys swimming, bike riding, ice skating with his family, and building Legos with his youngest son. This winter, Dr. Hack hopes to take his family downhill and cross-country skiing. 

About Altru’s Gastroenterology Department

Altru’s Gastroenterologists offer a wide range of services for patients seeking abdominal and intestinal care. Our specialists are here to diagnose and treat stomach, intestine, esophagus, liver, gall bladder and pancreas ailments. Whether it’s a routine colonoscopy, lingering abdominal irritations or unexpected weight loss, our team works with the patient to establish a care plan to get them back to good health.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $475 million.  As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.