Gastroenterologists in Nashville and Bowling Green

Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders can be uncomfortable to both experience and talk about. At TriStar Health hospitals in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, our GI experts are sensitive to your needs, providing compassionate care for your digestive health. They diagnose and treat a wide range of GI tract conditions. Our goal is to improve your quality of life by improving your gut health.

For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.

Comprehensive GI care

Our gastroenterologists provide complete care for the GI tract. The GI tract is made up of a system of organs that work together to digest food. Organs in the GI tract are the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine and anus.

Certain GI conditions may require our gastroenterologists to work with physicians in other specialties, such as surgical care, oncology and nephrology (kidney care). No matter the issue, our experts collaborate to offer high-quality care every step of the way.

Gastrointestinal conditions we treat

The gastrointestinal tract disorders we treat are:

  • Acid reflux (heartburn)
  • Anemia
  • Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Celiac disease
  • Colon conditions (such as fissures, abscesses and diverticulitis)
  • Constipation
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hepatitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, such as:
    • Crohn's disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Polyps
  • Ulcers

Advanced care for GERD and acid reflux

Most people experience heartburn at some point. However, when you experience chronic (ongoing) heartburn, you may have acid reflux or, in more severe cases, GERD. A potentially serious complication of GERD happens when the lining of the esophagus changes to resemble tissue lining the intestines, increasing the risk of esophageal cancer. This condition is called Barrett's esophagus.

Our hospitals provide effective treatment for GERD as well as an advanced treatment for Barrett's esophagus known as radiofrequency ablation (RFA). This is a procedure that destroys damaged cells with heat, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.

Gastrointestinal cancer

Our experts screen for, diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal cancers. We offer unique treatment and use state-of-the-art equipment to serve the special needs of each patient and create personalized care plans.

Risk factors for GI cancer

Certain factors may increase the risk for GI cancers, such as:

  • Being age 55 years old and older
  • Certain medical conditions or infections:
    • Common variable immune deficiency (CVID)
    • Gastric atrophy
    • Helicobacter pylori bacterial infection
    • Hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus
    • Pernicious anemia
    • Untreated GERD
  • Diet high in meat, salt, fat, smoked foods and pickled vegetables
  • Diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Family history of gastrointestinal cancers
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Previous stomach surgery
  • Smoking

Pediatric gastroenterology

Tummy aches are common in children, but when a gastrointestinal issue interferes with your child’s life, there may be something more serious going on. We offer a full range of pediatric gastroenterology services at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, and our highly trained pediatric GI specialists are committed to helping restore your child’s digestive health.