What is a gastroenterologist?
A gastroenterologist is a medical professional who specializes in diseases and conditions that affect the digestive organs and structures.
These parts of the body include the:
- esophagus, or food pipe
- small intestine
- bile ducts
To become a gastroenterologist, a doctor must complete a 3 year internal medicine residency after medical school. Following this residency, they will undertake 2–3 years of intense, specialized training called a fellowship.
Once they become qualified, gastroenterologists often work closely with other healthcare professionals to provide care to a wide range of people.
A gastroenterologist may work with:
- hepatologists, who specialize in the liver
- radiologists, who specialize in imaging
- oncologists, who specialize in cancer