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What is a Gastroenterologist?

Updated on October 28, 2014

What is a Gastroenterologist

Gastroenterologist is one who treats chronic or acute conditions of

digestive tract, or digestive diseases, which includes the esophagus,

stomach, intestines and colon. Some can practice hepatology

for treatment of liver diseases. They are Internists who have

subspecialties in gastroenterology.

The role of a Gastroenterologist

Gastroenterologist's role is to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions and disorders of the GI tract in adult patients. But as broadly trained internists, with a wide scope of practice, they may also perform other general physical checkups.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgeries, however they do perform biopsies on the liver, and examinations on the esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel, through the use of a special flexible medical instruments called endoscopes. If surgery is required they work with surgens to select the best operation for a patient and provide medical care following surgery.

Examples of what Gastroenterologists treats:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Colon cancer
  • Colon polyps
  • Constipation
  • Chrohn's disease
  • Diarrhea
  • GERD
  • Hemorhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • IBS
  • Ulcers
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Gastroenterolgists Certifications

Most Gastroenterologists are certified by the American Board

of Internal Medicine and then receive additional training

in Gastrolenterology. To qualify for Board certification the individual

must have completed four years of college and four years of medical

school and have receiveda degree in medicine then he/she must

complete and additional four to six years of specialty training in

Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. After several years

of practice, the doctor will go through extensive series of

examinations and then they will be Board Certified.

How Much does a Gastroenterologist make?

A Gastroenterologist makes up to $496,139-$775,00 annually

and are usually owners or partnets in their own practice,

although some are employed by a hospital. If you are interested

in gastroenterology this would make a great career for you.

More Studies on Medical Fields


Resources (American college of Physicians)


Gastroenterologist is a great career. Please see more of my articles on Medical or Nursing career paths I also have articles on Health, Diseases, Recipes and so much more.

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