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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2485 N. Lebanon Street
Lebanon, IN
 

Dr. Joel Wittles' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Wittles's hospital/clinic affiliations include Witham Health Services and Indianapolis VA Medical Center. He honors Medicare insurance. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2485 N. Lebanon Streeet
Lebanon, IN
 

Dr. Howard Masuoka is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Witham Health Services and Indianapolis VA Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Masuoka is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
2485 N. Lebanon Street
Lebanon, IN
 

Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi's area of specialization is gastroenterology (digestive system). Dr. Vuppalanchi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Witham Health Services and Indianapolis VA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He attended Gandhi Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Long Island College Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2485 N. Lebanon Street
Lebanon, IN
 

Dr. William Kessler, who practices in Indianapolis, IN and Lebanon, IN, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Witham Health Services and Indianapolis VA Medical Center. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Kessler's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He takes Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2485 N. Lebanon Street
Lebanon, IN
 

Dr. Evan Fogel is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Fogel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Witham Health Services and Indianapolis VA Medical Center. After attending the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto. He takes Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2485 N. Lebanon Street
Lebanon, IN
 

Dr. Hak Kim's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Witham Health Services and Indianapolis VA Medical Center. Dr. Kim is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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