What is a Gastroenterologist?
A Gastroenterologist is a specialist in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, intestine, and colon), and in procedures (endoscopy and colonoscopy). Gastroenterologists are sometimes called ‘GI doctors’. As a specialist, a Gastroenterologist is most highly qualified to address your gastrointestinal issues.
To become a board-certified Gastroenterologist, a physician has to complete:
-medical school (4 years)
-Internal Medicine residency (3 years)
-Gastroenterology fellowship (3 years)
-Advanced Endoscopy fellowship (optional, 1 year)
To be board-certified, a Gastroenterologist must pass a board exam in Internal Medicine and another board exam in Gastroenterology. These training programs and board exams are rigorous, and overseen by the American Board of Internal Medicine, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Nitin Kumar MD training
Dr. Kumar completed:
-Internal Medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis
-Gastroenterology fellowship at Harvard Medical School (Brigham & Women’s Hospital)
-Advanced Endoscopy fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Dr. Kumar also completed the Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School for Public Health. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Obesity Medicine.