What is a gastroenterologist?

A gastroenterologist is an expert in the digestive system. Gastroenterologists, or GI doctors, have special training in health problems and conditions of the digestive tract. They can do tests to diagnose, answer questions and give the best course of treatment and care to help you feel better if you are having digestive health issues.

What is gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on the digestive system.

What is the digestive system?

The digestive system is sometimes called the gastrointestinal, or GI, tract. The esophagus (the tube that links your mouth and your stomach), stomach, bowels (or intestines), liver, pancreas and gallbladder all make up the GI tract. These organs take in food and break it down for the body to take in, or absorb, nutrients and get rid of waste.

Reviewed by
Rajeev Jain, MD, AGAF

Rajeev Jain, MD, AGAF

AGA Patient Education Advisor
Texas Digestive Disease Consultants Dallas
© AGA Institute, October 2020

Rajeev Jain, MD, AGAF

Rajeev Jain, MD, AGAF

AGA Patient Education Advisor
Texas Digestive Disease Consultants Dallas
© AGA Institute, October 2020

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