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What Is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is a medical specialty within the field of Internal Medicine. Gastroenterologists treat disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, also known as the digestive system—including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder. 

What types of treatments do gastroenterologists provide? 


The conditions gastroenterologists treat include a broad range of conditions, such as: 

Gastroenterologists are specially trained to perform diagnostic tests of the digestive system. Their training includes the use of special instruments, such as endoscopies, to examine the inside of the digestive tract or obtain tissue samples (biopsies).