Your digestive system processes what you eat into usable energy and unneeded waste.
Gastroenterologists are doctors who diagnose and treat problems with…
- the bowels, gallbladder, liver, stomach and other digestive organs
- diarrhea, jaundice, abdominal pain and ulcers
Gastroenterologists also use colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy to find colon cancer or other cancers in the digestive system.
Source: American Board of Specialties, Research and Education Foundation, Which Medical Specialist for You?; American Medical Association; Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Lexicon: Dictionary of Health Care Terms, Organizations
Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics
First published: 8/1/2004
Last reviewed: 11/6/2012