What is the mission of your practice?
It is the mission of Consultants in Gastroenterology to provide our patients with outstanding medical care specializing in the field of gastroenterology.
What differentiates your practice from other specialists in the field?
We are the only practice in the Midlands to offer advanced endoscopic procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic mucosal resection for the evaluation and management of complex gastrointestinal disorders and cancers. Also, in partnership with Carolinas HealthCare, we are able to offer access at our office to transplant hepatologists for those with severe liver disease. Therefore, our patients do not have to leave the Columbia area to receive this specialized care. In addition, we participate in numerous clinical trials that offer novel therapies to patients who qualify.
What are the latest developments in your field?
The American Cancer Society recently updated their guidelines on colorectal cancer screening. They now recommend that everyone at average risk begin regular colorectal cancer screening at age 45. At Consultants in Gastroenterology, we are committed to colorectal cancer prevention. All of our physicians are fellowship trained and board certified in gastroenterology. Our endoscopy centers are equipped with state-of-the-art high definition equipment, and our physicians perform almost 20,000 endoscopic procedures annually.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about your practice?
Although our group has all the amenities of a modern practice, such as an integrated electronic medical record with an associated patient portal, we adhere to the traditional values of patient-centered care. Our phones are answered by trained staff so calls can be routed to the appropriate department without the need to navigate an automated system, and our patients have access to our providers 24 hours a day at no additional cost. We provide continuity of care by treating our patients in both the clinic and hospital settings.
How has the Columbia community benefited from your practice?
Consultants in Gastroenterology has been setting the standard for treatment of digestive diseases in the Midlands for more than 25 years. We are an independent practice and, therefore, not owned by any hospital or national corporation. This allows us to provide highest quality care at the best value. We are the first and only gastroenterology practice in the state to be recognized by a major insurance company for demonstrating outstanding quality in colonoscopies. For the convenience of our patients, we have four locations and more than 100 employees dedicated to their care. We proudly support local charity events and have partnered with the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network to provide colonoscopies to the uninsured and medically underserved populations of South Carolina.