Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

A gastroenterologist needs to have a detailed understanding of the normal physiology of all the above mentioned organs as well as motility through the intestines and gastrointestinal tract in order to maintain a healthy digestion, absorption of nutrients,  removal of waste and metabolic processes.

A gastroenterologist also needs to have a clear understanding of ailments affecting the organs of the gastrointestinal system like:
    •    peptic ulcer disease
    •    gastric cancers
    •    esophageal cancers
    •    achalasia
    •    Barret’s esophagus
    •    colon polyps
    •    colon and bowel cancers
    •    pancreatitis
    •    pancreatic cancers
    •    cholecystitis
    •    biliary tract disease
    •    gallbladder stones and cancer
    •    hepatitis
    •    gastroesophageal reflux
    •    colitis
    •    nutritional problems and malabsorption,
    •    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    •    a host of other disease conditions

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Marc Taormina, M.D.

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