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Joseph Vicari MD

Joseph J. Vicari, M.D., MBA, FASGE

Joseph Vicari MD

Dr. Joseph Vicari joined Rockford Gastroenterology Associates, Ltd. in 1997 and has held a faculty appointment at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford since that time. He currently holds the academic rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Dr. Vicari served as Managing Partner of RGA for 13 years. He is board certified in Gastroenterology. He currently serves on the Practice Management Committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is a journal reviewer for the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Vicari attended medical school at Creighton University where he received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching for 3 consecutive years. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Creighton University and also completed his GI Fellowship in gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he became Chief Fellow in Gastroenterology from 1996-1997. While completing his fellowship his interests were in esophageal and liver diseases.

Dr. Vicari has presented numerous lectures and presentations to students, and residents and physicians both locally and nationally.

  • Conditions Dr. Vicari treats:

    • Abnormal Liver Tests
    • Anemia
    • Acid Reflux/Heartburn/GERD
    • Barrett’s Esophagus
    • Biliary Tract Disorders
    • Celiac Disease
    • Chronic Liver Disease, including Cirrhosis
    • Colon Cancer Prevention
    • Colon Polyps
    • Constipation
    • Clostridium Difficile Infection
    • Diarrhea
    • Esophageal Disorders including Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)
    • Fecal Incontinence & Urgency
    • Fatty Liver (NAFLD/NASH)
    • Gallstones & Gallbladder Disease
    • Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Hiatal Hernia
    • Helicobacter Pylori Infection
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Pancreatitis (Acute & Chronic)
    • Pancreatic Cysts & Mass
    • Peptic Ulcer Disease (Stomach Ulcers)
    • Radiation Proctitis
    • Rectal bleeding
    • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
    • Ulcerative Colitis

    Procedures Dr. Vicari performs:

    • Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
    • Colonoscopy
    • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
    • Liver Biopsy
    • Pneumatic Dilation for Achalasia
    • Ambulatory pH Monitoring (Bravo© pH)
    • Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC)
    • Endoscopy for Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    • Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) for Chronic C. Difficile Infection
    • PEG Tube Placement (Endoscopic Feeding Tube)