Gastroenterology is the study of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine/colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder). A gastroenterologist is a medical specialist who is broadly trained in internal medicine and who has also taken special training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the digestive system. All of the physicians at the Memphis Gastroenterology Group are Board-certified in Gastroenterology. After completing college and four years of medical school, each of our physicians has had at least five additional years of training. They also update their knowledge each year by taking specialized training and through attending professional meetings as well as through independent reading. In fact, our physicians are frequently the teachers of other physicians at medical courses held across the country.
A complete gastrointestinal evaluation usually includes specialized studies in addition to a thorough interview and physical examination. X-rays (barium studies of the digestive system) may be ordered and reviewed as indicated. Endoscopy (procedure using a flexible lighted instrument to inspect the lining of the digestive tract) might also be suggested.
If another physician referred you to our office, a summary of our findings and recommendations will be sent to him or her at the completion of your evaluation. Unless your condition requires our continued care, your personal physician will carry out the treatment plan. In addition, problems of a general medical nature should remain under the care of your personal physician. It is necessary for you to have a general medical doctor, as our group limits its diagnosis and treatment to diseases of the digestive system.
Our physicians are on staff at the following facilities: Baptist Memorial Hospitals, (East and Collierville), Methodist Hospitals (Germantown and North), Baptist Rehabilitation Germantown, and St. Frances - Bartlett.