Gastrointestinal (GI) Disease

Definition: of, relating to, or affecting both stomach and intestine
What kind of doctor treats this? 
A gastroenterologist (GI) specializes in diseases of the digestive tract (stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder).
The American College of Gastroenterology has a physician locator.  Only members are listed.  (If searching for physicians in Wilkes-Barre, type the hyphen in the city's name in the search box.)
To verify if your physician is board certified access the American Board of Medical Specialties.  You must register, which is free, and agree to the usage agreement.
Links for finding local physicians can be found here.
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Agencies and Support Groups


The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Support Group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Geisinger-CMC School of Nursing, 1st floor CME conference room.  Call 570-969-8986 for more information.

A Celiac Support Group meets at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, 1000 E. Mountain Blvd., Plains Township.  For more information call 570-655-0728.

Many of the local hospitals offer GI support groups.  Click "Local Health Calendars" for additional local listings.
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This site has information sheets on the infectious diseases that affect the GI System such as hepatitis, giardiasis, etc. Click on "Diseases and Illnesses" to see the list.
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The American Gastroenterological Association is a professional organization of practitioners in the research, education and clinical practice of gastroenterology.   The AGA Patient Center has information on all types of GI problems.   The AGA also has a free electronic newsletter. To sign up for Digestive Health SmartBrief click here.
This service from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has information online.  Many pamphlets are available in an easy to read format.
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For information on specific problems or procedures, click on the following links. 

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Additional Resources
If you can't find what you need, you may want to search on your own.  Here is a link to our recommendations on how to begin.
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Last updated: May 10, 2013