Welcome to Gulfcoast Gastroenterology. Gastroenterology is the medical specialty focusing on diagnosis and treatment of problems involving the digestive system. This includes the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver, gall bladder and pancreas. Nutritional support of very ill patients is also part of our practice.
Gastroenterologists have extensive training. Currently six years of training in internal medicine and Gastroenterology (GI) follow four years of college and four years of medical school; thus, ten years of training after college are required. All of the physicians at Gulfcoast Gastroenterology are "double boarded" in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Gastroenterologists generally divide their time between caring for patients in the office, sicker patients in the hospital, and performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. These procedures, such as gastroscopy and colonoscopy, are performed in outpatient surgery centers or in the hospital.
Because the doctors spend about half of their time caring for patients outside the office, it may at times be difficult to arrange an office visit on short notice. Once a patient is established with one of the doctors, we attempt to have the same physician follow the patient in the office. However, if the patient should be hospitalized, he/she may see other members of the group during that hospital stay.
All of the physicians are on active staff at Mease Hospitals Countryside and Dunedin, Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, the North Pinellas Surgery Center, and Morton Plant Trinity Outpatient Center.