We found 3 gastroenterologists near Martinsburg, WV.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 2.18 stars (4 ratings)
2000 Foundation Way; Suite 3500
Martinsburg, WV

Dr. Shahin Rahimian's specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. Dr. Rahimian attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
510 Butler Avenue
Martinsburg, WV

Dr. Evelio Bravo-Fernandez's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Bravo-Fernandez is professionally affiliated with Martinsburg VA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.08 stars (6 ratings)
2000 Foundation Way; Suite 3700
Martinsburg, WV

Dr. Timothy Orphanides is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Orphanides is rated highly by his patients. He honors 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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