March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Help GIA end colon cancer!

When Gastrointestinal Associates started in 1971, the medical community was still learning how to best prevent and treat colon cancer. Many risk factors and contributing causes remained unknown with rudimentary diagnostic equipment available. The use of screenings as a means of prevention was just emerging in the field. Since then, gastroenterology has made major strides in the prevention and treatment … Read More

Enjoy your summer and prioritize eating well

Summer is a time for barbecues and outdoor family fun. While summer activities may look different this year during a pandemic, it does open the door for new experiences. It’s time to get creative, try some new things and prioritize eating well. Stress from upended work, school and social routines can lead to unhealthy habits that result in weight gain. … Read More

Gastrointestinal Associates announces reaccreditation of The Endoscopy Centers

The Endoscopy Center, The Endoscopy Center North, and The Endoscopy Center West have each achieved reaccreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), according to Gastrointestinal Associates. The three centers are ambulatory surgical centers conveniently located adjacent to Gastrointestinal Associates clinics. During the accreditation process, the centers earned excellent reviews in every category of AAAHC’s independent, external evaluation … Read More

President Reagan’s colon cancer: Insight from Dr. Sarkis Chobanian

Patients and friends of Dr. Sarkis Chobanian know his esteemed past as a gastroenterologist at Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he served on the GI team for President Ronald Reagan. What many do not know, however, are the details of that experience: the physician who settled for nothing less than perfection and thus discovered Reagan’s colon cancer – and the risk … Read More

IBS Awareness Month: The facts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If you wonder whether you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you aren’t alone. In fact, IBS can be so common that many people live undiagnosed with symptoms for years. April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, so now is a great time to learn the facts about IBS. What is IBS? IBS is a functional disorder in the colon, meaning … Read More

Free Healthy Living event Jan. 4

  Ready to lose weight in 2018? GIA 180 can help. Join us Jan. 4 from 6-8 p.m. for a free Healthy Living event with food, fun, information and more! Check out the details below, and mark your calendar for Thursday, Jan. 4.

Colon Cancer Screening Day

Cancer screenings can save lives, and Gastrointestinal Associates is committed to providing and promoting screening colonoscopies in East Tennessee. That’s why GIA is holding Colon Cancer Screening Day on Saturday, October 28. We want to offer this opportunity for those of you who work throughout the week and can’t miss a day, allowing you to schedule a screening colonoscopy on … Read More

Young people at risk for colon and rectal cancer

Colorectal cancer screening is saving lives. According to a 2014 study released by the Yale Cancer Center, widespread screening has resulted in an estimated 550,000 fewer cases of colorectal cancer over the past three decades. That’s more than a half-million people who have avoided hearing the devastating diagnosis: “You have cancer.” That’s the good news. The not-so-good news comes from … Read More

GIA opens patient-centered Dowell Springs facility

Continuing to lead the way in gastroenterology care in East Tennessee, Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA) held a grand opening March 20 to celebrate its state-of-the-art Dowell Springs location that features a GI Clinic, Endoscopy Center, Crohn’s & Colitis Institute and GIA 180 Weight Management Center. “GIA has long been recognized for groundbreaking work in the field of gastroenterology and leading the … Read More