Sometimes you’re acutely aware of digestive problems because of their well-known symptoms. However, some conditions affecting your stomach and intestines may develop over time and without obvious signs, making preventive screening important. No matter what type of gastrointestinal concern you have, treatment is available in McDowell County.

McDowell Hospital brings specialized gastrointestinal care to our community by granting hospital privileges to credentialed, board certified physicians who focus on preventive care, diagnose and treat your gastrointestinal needs, and may perform diagnostic and surgical procedures in McDowell Hospital’s Surgery Department, when appropriate.


The credentialed gastroenterologists treat anyone over the age of 18 experiencing issues with their upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum), small intestine, colon, rectum and liver. Some of the conditions treated include:

  • GERD
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Gastritis
  • Ulcers
  • Celiac disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Colon polyps
  • Diverticulosis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Cancer found anywhere in the digestive system

Specialized Services

Gastroenterology physicians deliver two specialized services at McDowell Hospital:

  • Upper endoscopy – to diagnose conditions such as ulcers, precancerous conditions, growths, inflammation and hernias.
  • Colonoscopy – to detect inflammation or ulcers, and to identify and remove precancerous or cancerous growths.


For more information, please call 828-659-5000.

Physicians providing the referenced services are credentialed members of McDowell Hospital medical staff; they are not employed by McDowell Hospital.