What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is a medical specialty involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive system disorders. Your digestive system, or gastrointestinal tract, includes your esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestine. Your liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreas are also part of your digestive system, supplying or storing materials involved in the digestive process. This system is responsible for breaking down the food you eat to supply nutrients and energy to your body.
Gastroenterologists are doctors trained in both internal medicine and the sub-specialty of gastroenterology. Gastroenterologists are also referred to as GIs.
What do GI Specialists Treat?
A Gastroenterologist also provides critically important preventative services such as Colon Cancer Screening.
Our Gastroenterology Team
Dr. Charles Grad, MD – Dr. Grad has provided patient care in the specialty of Gastroenterology for over 40 years. He is an experienced GI Endoscopist, having performed more than 40,000 endoscopies that include colonoscopies and upper endoscopies.
Theresa Germano, CRNP – Theresa is highly-skilled Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. Her expertise is in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Theresa prides herself on building strong and trusting relationships with her patients. She helps patients manage IBS, Gerd, IBD and other common GI disorders.
Nancy Hiller, RN – Nancy has been a nurse specializing in Gastroenterology for over 25 years. Prior to joining Lackawanna Medical Group in 2020, Nancy was the Clinical Lead in the Gastroenterology Lab of Geisinger CMC for 15 years. Nancy enjoys working closely with patients, providing excellent care and education.