A gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in diseases of the digestive system, also called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Gastroenterologist have extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that effect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon) and biliary system (liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts). Gastroenterology is a subspecialty of internal medicine.

Some of the conditions and symptoms that are treated by a gastroenterologist are the following:

  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Ulcers
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Malabsorption disorders (celiac disease, lactose intolerance)
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammation in the digestive tract (i.e. Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis)
  • Diverticular diseases: polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
  • Cancers (colorectal, stomach (gastric) pancreatic, liver …)
  • Liver disease (hepatitis, cirrohsis, ascites)
  • Gallbladder diseases
  • Pancreatitis disease
  • Unexplained weight loss

Procedures that Dr. Shafii Performs

  • Colonoscopy
  • Polypectomy
  • Flex Sigmoidoscopy
  • Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD)
  • Dilation
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasonography)
  • PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy)