New treatment offers new hope for those with Hepatitis C

With the recent FDA approval of a new drug and studies that indicate the effectiveness of new drug combinations for the treatment of Hepatitis C, it appears that we are well on our way to revolutionizing treatment of this potentially deadly liver disease. The need for a new, more effective treatment is significant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Read More

Remembering Dr. J. David Lee

Dr. J. David Lee July 5, 1955- Jan. 30, 2014 The Gastrointestinal Associates family of physicians, staff and patients are grieving the loss Dr. J. David Lee, who passed away Jan. 30, 2014, at Physicians Regional Medical Center.  Dr. Lee had been a partner physician with GIA since 1993, and he was greatly respected and well-liked by his colleagues and … Read More

Gastrointestinal Associates welcomes Dr. James Swenson

Dr. James Swenson has joined Gastrointestinal Associates, one of the Southeast’s leading GI practices, as its GI Hospitalist. Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in treating patients in the hospital setting, either as inpatients or outpatients. GIA is unique in the Southeast among gastroenterology practices for providing this service for its patients. Dr. Swenson hails from Rockville, Md., and he earned … Read More

“Living Well Gluten Free” workshops

Gastrointestinal Associates, in partnership with Knoxville author and celiac disease expert Janet McKenzie Prince, will present a free, public workshops to help people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity understand their condition and learn how to shop, prepare healthy meals and eat at restaurants. The workshop, “Living Well Gluten Free” will be held Thursday, October 17. Gastrointestinal Associates physician … Read More

May is National Celiac Awareness Month

Gastrointestinal Associates’ Dr. Sarkis Chobanian appeared on WBIR-Channel 10 to discuss the increasing prevalence of the disease caused by gluten intolerance. His recent blog article on the subject helps explain why more people are dealing with a celiac disease diagnosis.  

New study finds screening colonoscopy reduces colon cancer death risk by 70 percent

A new study supports what gastroenterologists have preached to their patients for decades, having a screening colonoscopy greatly reduces the risk of developing colon cancer. Now they know by how much. The study, published in the March 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that for average-risk people, screening colonoscopies produced a 70 percent reduction in risk for … Read More

Third annual GI Roundtable is a success

More than 200 physicians specializing in gastroenterology gathered in Boston over St. Patrick’s Day weekend for the third annual GI Roundtable, which was co-founded by Knoxville’s Dr. Bergein “Gene” Overholt of Gastrointestinal Associates. The theme of the 2013 GI Roundtable was “Dealing with Disruptive Change.” Change has become perhaps one of the only constants in medicine as health reform measures … Read More

Is your medication causing diarrhea?

The Federal Drug Administration has recently warned that some common acid-reducing medications may increase the risk of Clostridium difficile (C-diff) infection-related diarrhea. C-diff is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the colon leading to severe diarrhea. Typically the infection occurs after antibiotic therapy, when too much helpful bacteria has been destroyed allowing the C-diff … Read More