Gastroenterology (GI)

Springhill Medical Center is home to a G.I. Lab that features the advanced procedures in treating G.I. disorders.

Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders. In the United States, Gastroenterology is an Internal Medicine Subspecialty certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM).

Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the organs from mouth to anus, along the alimentary canal, are the focus of this specialty. Physicians practicing in this field of medicine are called gastroenterologists. They usuallyl have completed the eight years of pre-medical and medical education, the year-long internship (if this is not a part of the residency), three years of an internal medicine residency, and two to three years in the gastroenterology fellowship. Some gastroenterology trainees will complete a "fourth-year" (although this is often their seventh year of graduate medical education) in Transplant Hepatology, AdvancedEndoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), motility or other topics.

Gastroenterology is not the same as colorectal or hepatobiliary surgery, which are specialty branches of general surgery.

Dr. Mike Sanders (biography) performs the Spyglass procedure and only at Springhill Medical Center. Also, Dr. Sanders performs EUS Endoscopic Ultrasound, ERCP Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, Ablation of Barrett’s Esophagus and ERCP with Spyglass.