Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine concerned with digestive
diseases. The practice of gastroenterology concentrates on the diagnosis
and treatment of diseases involving the esophagus, stomach, small
intestine and large intestine (colon), liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
This medical field is really a subspecialty of Internal Medicine, as is,
for example, Cardiology, which deals with diseases of the heart.
A Gastroenterologist is a specialist who is first broadly trained
in Internal Medicine and subsequently in diagnosing and treating disease
of the digestive system. Frequently, a Gastroenterologist is called in
cases of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or change in bowel habits when
the diagnosis is unclear or where specialized diagnostic procedures are
necessary. Most Gastroenterologists are certified by the American Board
of Internal Medicine and then receive additional training in
Gastroenterology. To qualify for Board certification, an individual must
have completed four years of college, four years of medical school and
have received a degree in medicine. Then he/she must complete an
additional four to six years of specialty training in Internal Medicine
and Gastroenterology. After several years of clinical practice, the
doctor must successfully complete an extensive series of examinations.
All of our doctors are Board Certified in Gastroenterology.
Frequently, a Gastroenterologist is called in cases when the
diagnosis is unclear or where specialized diagnostic procedures are
necessary. A Gastroenterologist treats a broad range of conditions,
including, but not limited to:
Abnormal Xray findings
Colon Screening Exams
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Unexplained Weight Loss