A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and disorders of the digestive tract, which is a 25 foot long tube from the mouth to the anus through which food is processed. The digestive tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), pancreas, liver and gallbladder.
There are approximately 12,000 active gastroenterologists in the United States. After medical school, each must complete a 3 year residency in internal medicine followed by a 2 to 4 year fellowship in gastroenterology. According to a recent report prepared by the American Medical Group Association, the median salary for the specialty is just over $389,000.00 per year.
Gastroenterologists are called upon by patients to perform colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, CT colonographies, and endoscopies, and to treat a variety of diseases. Where a GI doctor fails to order the appropriate test (such as a colonoscopy for a patient over age 50), or treat a digestive disorder appropriately, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice. Common diseases treated by gastroenterologists include:
- colorectal cancer;
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS);
- inflammatory bowel disease (IBD);
- ulcerative colitis;
- celiac disease;
- gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD);
- peptic ulcers;
- food allergies; and
- gallbladder disease.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice cases due to or arising out of gastroenterology malpractice. If you or a loved one have a digestive disorder or that was not treated properly, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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