We found 73 gastroenterologists near Tacoma, WA.

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Bisher Abdullah MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.94 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
Address: 317 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405
Dr. Nanda Venu M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Address: 33501 S 1st Way, Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: 888-862-2737
Asma Siddique
Specializes in Hepatology (Liver Disease), Adult Gastroenterology
Address: 33501 S 1st Way, Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: 888-862-2737
Ralph J. Katsman M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.86 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
Address: 1802 Yakima Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-572-4437
Clinical Interests: ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy), colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
Dr. Robert Stuart Bridge Jr. M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Address: 34503 S 9th Avenue, Federal Way, WA 98003
Geoffrey Charles Jiranek MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 33501 S 1st Way, Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: 888-862-2737
Dr. Steven Randall Kaptik MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 3209 S 23rd Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-272-5127
Harald L. Schoeppner M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.88 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 2202 S Cedar Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
Clinical Interests: colon cancer, pancreas problems, liver cancer ... (Read more)
Dr. Lin Huang PHD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 3209 S 23rd Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
Diane Y. Bai M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Address: 1112 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-272-8664
William H. Holderman M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.97 stars out of 5 (22 ratings)
Address: 2202 S Cedar Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-272-5127
Diana J. McFarlane PA-C
Specializes in Gastroenterology (Digestive System)
Address: 33501 S 1st Way, Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: 888-862-2737
Oussama Moussan M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.43 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
Address: 3209 S 23rd Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
William K. Hirota MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Address: 1112 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-272-8664
Dr. Kyung Whan Noh M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 1112 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-272-8664
Garrick D. Brown M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.29 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
Address: Tacoma, WA 98405
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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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