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The gastrointestinal system or, as it’s sometimes called, the "GI system," is the body’s plumbing system. It allows people to eat food, digest and absorb energy from the food and expel waste. In humans, it is made up of the mouth, esophagus (the tube that food travels down to meet the stomach), the stomach, the small intestine (where nutrients are absorbed and passed to the bloodstream) and the large intestine (where excess water is removed). The large intestine also includes the appendix. The pancreas and spleen are also considered part of the GI system.

Some symptoms you might be experiencing if you are having gastrointestinal problems include:

  • Blood in your stools 
  • Constipation 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Severe cramping and indigestion 
  • Vomiting

CMC’s board-certified specialists will create an individualized plan for you to manage your diagnosis, treatment, care and prevention of digestive diseases, including:

  • Barrett’s Esophagus - Download the Barrett's Esophagus patient brochure
  • Celiac Disease 
  • Disorders of the pancreas 
  • Diverticulitis 
  • Esophageal and swallowing disorders 
  • Gastrointestinal cancers 
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) 
  • Inflammatory conditions (microscopic colitis, etc.) 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis) 
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 
  • Swallowing disorders
Then get a

colonoscopy on your calendar

If you're 45 or older it's time for your colorectal cancer screening. The risk is high—1 in 24 people will develop colorectal cancer—but early detection with a colonoscopy is one of the most effective types of cancer screening because it can catch the disease in its earliest stages and is covered by most insurances, including Medicaid. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and serves as a great reminder to reduce your risk by scheduling your screening—we're accepting new patients & currently have appointments available.

How a Colonoscopy Screening Likely

Saved a Patient’s Life

For her 45th birthday, Alexandra Bruttaniti received a life-saving gift—a referral from her doctor to get a screening colonoscopy. 

"She had no symptoms and no one in her family had had colon cancer. It could have been a very different outcome had she waited,” noted Dr. Shoukeir.


Gastrointestinal services include:

  • Bravo pH monitoring system
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • H pylori breath test
  • Manometry
  • Radiofrequency ablation treatment for Barrett’s esophagus
  • Small bowel endoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy

Tests to identify GI issues

Your CMC gastroenterologist may perform tests to determine what part of your gastrointestinal system is malfunctioning. These may include various types of imaging including endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or biopsies. They may perform abdominal X-rays for issues of the lower GI tract. In some cases, your GI problem may be treated with medication or it may require surgery to return you to full functioning. Our experts will diagnose and treat you with the care you deserve.

Advanced Gastrointestinal Medical Care

For outpatients who need or wish to use an ambulatory surgery center for insurance reasons, CMC has a partnership with the Bedford Ambulatory Surgery Center (BASC). Complex surgery is performed in CMC’s state of the art facilities while outpatients have the convenient options of having their procedure at either BASC or CMC.

Meet a Face behind Barrett’s Esophagus

Disease with No Known Symptoms

NH Gastroenterology

NH Gastroenterology at CMC offers you the latest care and treatment options for a wide-range of digestive conditions and disorders including conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts.

Celebrating Healthgrades®

National Recognition

We’re extremely honored to be recognized with a Healthgrades Five-Star award for the Treatment for Gastrointestinal BleedTM. Congratulations to our amazing team for earning this national recognition and for their dedication to providing patients the highest quality care!

Meet Our

Gastro Team

Our physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and support staff work directly with you, collaborating with primary care physicians and other medical specialists, to address health issues of the digestive system.

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