What is a Gastroenterologist?
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
- Chrohn's disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
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.
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