A gastroenterologist is a physician with training and experience in the management of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon (large intestine), as well as the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. They can assist with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach problems, colon polyps, ulcerative colitis, gallstones, cirrhosis of the liver, and other issues.

Source: MedlinePlus and American College of Gastroenterology

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Recommended Reading

American College of Gastroenterology
This site is for professionals in the field of gastroenterology and includes information for patients as well.

American Gastroenterological Association
This site includes a patient info section with definitions of major diseases and disorders.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
The NIDDK is one of the National Institutes of Health, and this site has an excellent health information section.

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