Roles of a Gastroenterologist

As a gastroenterologist, what do you do? 

People who work in medicine are called gastroenterologists. They specialize in diseases and conditions that affect the digestive organs and structures. Here are the following structures of internal organs:  

  • Esophagus (the tube that moves food through the body) 
  • stomach 
  • small intestine 
  • colon 
  • Rectum 
  • pancreas 
  • gallbladder 
  • bile ducts 
  • pancreas 
  • gallbladder 
  • liver 

To become a gastroenterologist, a doctor must do a three-year residency in internal medicine after medical school, then work as a doctor. This is called residency. After this, they will spend 2–3 years doing extremely specific training, which is called a fellowship. 

For what reason would I be sent to gastroenterology? 

In some cases, a doctor might send someone who specializes in the digestive system. There are a lot of things gastroenterologists can do to diagnose, treat, and manage a lot of things that happen in the gut. When they’re not taking care of other people, they perform endoscopies and colonoscopies. 

When gastroenterologists become qualified, they often work with other healthcare professionals to help a wide range of people. 

  • Hepatologists specialize in and work with the liver 
  • Radiologists, who work with images of the body 
  • Oncologists, who are experts in cancer 

Why would a person get a referral to a gastroenterologist? 

An endoscopy might be done by a gastroenterologist to look into symptoms like the following: 

  • Persistent heartburn 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • bleeding 
  • problems with swallowing 
  • Stomach pain 
  • Weight loss that doesn’t make sense 

Procedures used by Gastroenterologists 

Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy are two ways to look inside your body. When the gastroenterologist does these procedures, he or she has to put the tube in your rectum, not your mouth. 

In some cases, a gastroenterologist will remove one or more polyps from the inside of the body. It is possible for polyps to grow in the colon. Polyps aren’t dangerous. These things happen to 30% of people over 50 years old in the United States, and they are quite common. The gastroenterologist will either use wire loop forceps to remove the polyps or use an electric current to burn them off during a colonoscopy to get rid of them. 

The dilation of the esophageal tube. At this time, a gastroenterologist will widen the esophagus by stretching out the area that is too small. They put the endoscope in the mouth, down the throat, and into the esophagus. This is how they do it. It sends images back to a screen so that people can see them. 

Doral Health & Wellness is the home of gastroenterologist experts. 

In order to provide the best possible care for patients of all ages, Doral’s gastroenterology specialists keep up to speed on the digestive system, all types of diseases that affect the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, medical research, and new methods of making patients more comfortable. 

At Doral Health and Wellness, we have doctors that can help you manage your condition. For more information, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11212, or call us on 1-347-384-5690 or 1-347-868-1016. You can also visit our website at or contact us at if you have any queries.