What is a gastroenterologist?

Dr. Yazan Abu Qwaider talks about his role as a gastroenterologist.


Gastroenterology is probably the number one evolving specialty in the field of medicine. Almost daily you have something new coming up. We treat patients with simple abdominal pain to very complex conditions. We cover the esophagus, stomach, small/large intestine, pancreas, and liver. I was trained in advanced gastroenterology, so I do additional procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound that save patients from undergoing major surgeries. I can use different modalities, for example, to extract stones from the bile ducts. Gastroenterology is an expanding specialty, and that's what makes it unique and at the same time interesting and challenging.