Promoting a Healthy Digestive System

Gastroenterologists treat disorders of the digestive system. This system consumes food, absorbs nutrients and expels waste.

Our highly trained Gastroenterology team works closely with patients to help them achieve good nutrition and manage digestive issues so they can lead a productive life. Most of our specialists also completed additional training and are certified in the sub-specialty of hepatology, which focuses on the liver and pancreas.

Often, you’ll hear gastroenterology issues called “GI” disorders—which is short for gastrointestinal. The digestive system is about 30-feet long and includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

Common disorders include:

  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Colon polyps
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallbladder stones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
  • Functional bowel disorders—such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Acute and chronic liver disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Cancers (colon, gastric, pancreatic and others)

Building on a wealth of experience, our Gastroenterology department offers a comprehensive approach to your care. They see patients at our Canyon Park, First Hill, Northgate, Renton and Totem Lake clinics.

Colon Cancer Screenings

Colon cancer is increasingly recognized as a major problem, particularly in women, where the vast majority of cases are going undetected. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Our team works joins our primary care providers in encouraging patients to get regular colon cancer screenings. Early detection of colon cancer can prevent up to 90% of colorectal cancer deaths. The screening for gastric and colorectal cancer is either a sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy.

We understand that many patients may be reluctant to undergo these screenings. We strive to be sensitive and respectful of your concerns.